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What are common reasons employees sue their employers?

If you stop and think about how often you hear about an employee suing their employer, it's probably quite often. It's not surprising that's the case. According to a study conducted by the insurance company Hiscox, U.S., most employers have a 12% chance of being sued by their employees. The smaller a business is, the more likely it is to find itself embroiled in a lawsuit. There are some standard reasons employees sue their employers.

One common reason employees sue their employers is because they get hurt on the job.

Signs that a contractor may be no good for you

Construction projects often require a lot of preplanning. Homeowners generally have to make design and materials selections that are going to fit in with their budget. They also have to concern themselves with how long the project is going to take. Finding a qualified contractor to complete the job is perhaps one of the most challenging things that you have to do.

Before you hire anyone to start work, you should first ask to see their contractor's license. You may even want to look them up on the licensing board's website to make sure that they don't have a disciplinary record or pending lawsuits filed against them. If a contractor isn't licensed, then you should steer clear of them as they may not have the necessary expertise to complete your project.

What's considered to be a construction defect?

If you think about your friends that have purchased a new home, it's likely that some of them have discovered that it has some flaws. If not, then they might have had their Portland house remodeled and have later found that the work was performed shoddily. Both of these are examples of construction defects. Each year, countless lawsuits are brought by Oregon residents against their contractors for issues such as this.

How construction defects are defined varies by jurisdiction. Low-quality building materials, poor designs or shoddy workmanship can all lead to a building or a person getting injured. This is why each of these flaws all fall under the umbrella of construction defects.

What is employment retaliation?

Employees should always feel empowered to speak up when something illegal is going on. Unfortunately, many feel as though they can't report the problems because they are worried that they won't have a job. All employees should know that retaliation isn't legal and shouldn't be tolerated by any worker.

There are a lot of actions that can be considered retaliation. The key in all of these situations is that the worker is facing negative employment actions because they either reported an unlawful activity or cooperated with an investigation.

There are many options for resolving business partner disputes

When partners are about to start a business, they're excited about what they're planning to accomplish. Just like most relationships, though, there's a point at which all the euphoria dissipates. It's often after that honeymoon period is over that cracks in the foundation start to emerge. Conflicts with your business partner can get heated fast.

Business partners often fight about operational matters. When you were planning to start your company, you may have sat down to plan how you were going to co-manage it. It's easy for business partners to lose track of their responsibilities -- especially if no one is holding them accountable for their actions. One partner may accuse the other of not doing their fair share of the work.

What is meant by full-service real estate legal representation?

A logical introductory point in any discussion focused on the real estate realm underscores its sheer breadth and depth. Some legal niches comprise relatively narrow terrain. Conversely, real estate issues and challenges span a veritable ocean of concerns.

One in-depth overview of real estate stresses the subject area’s notably broad strokes. It duly notes that, “Real estate law … covers the right to possess, use and enjoy land and the permanent man-made additions attached to it.”

Am I in a hostile work environment?

The quality of a work environment can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. You may, for example, enjoy your workplace because of the interesting challenges you face, the great design of the space and the teamwork that exists between you and your coworkers.

However, if you are working in an environment with coworkers who ask inappropriate questions or make you feel uncomfortable, it is likely that you do not enjoy your workplace. In certain situations, this might be called a hostile working environment.

What happens when a seller doesn't disclose a home defect?

Buying a home is a major investment. Individuals may commit many years of their salary toward the final purchase price of a home. Unfortunately, some people who buy houses find out that they didn't know everything about the property before they made their offer or closed on the home.

People listing their properties for sale have an obligation to provide accurate information about the condition of the property. They do this by filling out a document known as a seller's disclosure. This disclosure has to include all known defects. Sellers should acknowledge all obvious and visible defects with the property, such as broken windows or a leaking roof, as well as latent or hidden defects, such as crumbling mortar in the foundation that may not be obvious on initial inspection.

Take these steps to find and choose a reputable contractor

If you're ready to take on a home improvement project, it won't be long before you begin your search for a reputable contractor. While there are many contractors to choose from, not every one is right for you.

The steps you personally take will impact which contractor you hire, as well as how the project turns out. Here are five things you absolutely need to do:

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