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How to Protect Yourself if You’re Forced to Return to Work

Lifehacker: “As some states prepare to open up again, against the advice of experts, what protections do workers have in that they event they feel unsafe at work? This concern was made especially pressing by the recent Department of Labor announcement that workers who refuse to return to work out of general safety concerns cannot continue to collect unemployment benefits. It’s important to note that lot of labor protections vary depending on where you live, as well as your particular profession and employer. Think of this as a guide that can help you understand your general rights as a worker, with the caveat that it’s best to consult a legal professional about the details of your particular circumstances. Unfortunately, even in normal times, the U.S. ranks near the bottom for developed countries when it comes to employee protections. This includes requirements to give workers advance notice when they get laid off, unemployment benefits for when they lose their job, as well as weakened collective bargaining powers for unions.All of this means employees are especially vulnerable when it comes to navigating workplace issues in the midst of a pandemic…”

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