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Your protections as an employee may be scaled back in 2019

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided on January 11 to limit the definition of activities protected under union labor laws in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Legal analysts fear that this could leave you and other employees vulnerable for dismissal if you voice complaints or protest unfair practices.

How does Section 7 protect employees?

Second airbag recall: Is your car on the list this time around?

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Last month, we brought you the first airbag recall announcement of 2019 for Toyota vehicles. This month, another major car maker announced their list of vehicles affected by this safety issue.

In 2014, U.S. authorities revealed that the global manufacturer of airbags, known as Takata, had produced defective products. These airbags could deploy incorrectly and result in injuries. This recall is expected to affect more than 70 million vehicles by the end of 2019. Dealerships will provide replacements for defective parts free of charge.

Which cars and trucks are affected by the recall this time? 

Is your employer trying to force you to retire early?

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Did you recently retire due to pressure from your employer? Are you considering retiring earlier than you planned due to workplace pressures? If so, you may be the victim of workplace age discrimination.

Age discrimination is rampant in U.S. workplaces even though it is illegal. Dozens of companies were accused of purposely excluding older workers in Facebook employment ads late in 2017. Additionally, a recent survey published by the Health and Retirement Study that found over half of people who retired in 2014 were "partially or totally forced to retire."

Is your vehicle affected by the 2019 airbag recall?

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By the end of 2019, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts that 70 million vehicles could be affected by the latest Takata airbag recall. In one month alone, 1.7 million vehicles were recalled. Could yours be one of them?

Takata supplied airbags for multiple manufacturers including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, BMW and Ford. Dealerships will provide replacements for defective parts free of charge.

Was your child's car seat recalled within the last two years?


Parents trust the manufacturers of children's car seats with the lives of their little ones. Despite everything parents do to keep their child safe, a defective car seat can endanger them in the event of a crash.

Was your child's car seat recalled within the last two years?

Risks you face when driving alongside semi-trucks

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On December 26, 2018, a minivan collided with a semi-truck on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles, injuring three people. The front of the vehicle crumpled and split, pinning the driver who later had to be cut free.

This frightening accident is a clear reminder for drivers everywhere that semi-trucks do not operate like other cars or vans, and they require special attention on the road. When you are driving near semi-trucks or any big rigs, it is important to remember the dangers they present.

Can California become the nation's most bicycle friendly state?

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California is known for many things: Grapes, redwood trees, the golden gate bridge and increasingly, being bicycle friendly. California now ranks as the third most bicycle friendly state in the nation, the only state in the top five that improved its performance since 2012.

Being bicycle friendly brings many benefits to both the state and its residents. More people on bicycles means increased fitness and reduced health care spending, fewer automobile crashes, less demand for foreign oil, fewer cars wearing down the roads, increased tourism, etc.

Do you work in an environment that encourages closeting?

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Just a month before the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, a Gallup poll revealed that 60 percent of Americans supported same-sex marriage. As of today, roughly 67 percent support LGBTQ friends and family.

With the growing support, however, why do nearly half of surveyed LGBTQ employees hide their true sexual orientation at work?

Cruise ships: A relaxing trip or a trip into the drink?

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As the new year begins and you have a fresh new batch of vacation days, the urge to travel can be undeniable. When you think about the options for seeing the world, a cruise can be a fun and economical choice.

A cruise gives you the opportunity to see visit multiple locations while letting someone else do the "driving." What you many not know is that there are a surprising number of people who fall into the ocean while on cruises. If you are considering a cruise this winter and worry about safety, here are some things to keep in mind:

Are cloudy headlight covers putting you at risk?


Are you dreaming of a new car with the latest technology and safety features? While having Apple Car Play and ventilated seats is certainly nice, nothing beats the comfort of knowing that your car has all the best safety features: lane departure awareness, blind spot detection, airbag technology, automatic braking, etc.

While these technology-based safety features are great, one of the most important safety features is much more old-school and cost-effective: new headlight covers.

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