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Know Your Workers' Compensation Rights

Know Your Workers Compensation Rights 300x199 Know Your Workers' Compensation RightsNot all states in the U.S. require employers to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance for the protection of their employees. In some states, employers with more than a certain number of employees must carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, while in other states, payroll size is the determining factor.

In states where Workers’ Compensation insurance is required, there must be a notice detailing Workers’ Compensation coverage posted in the Human Resources Department of those companies. Once an injured worker fills out a claim form for work injuries and gives it to the employer, the employer is required to notify their insurance carrier immediately.

All of the states that require Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage have varying coverage types, terms and benefits. However, these benefits, terms and coverage types cover the same scenarios. These include medical treatment, disability benefits and vocational rehabilitation.

Medical Treatment:

In Workers’ Comp states, employers are required to provide medical care at no charge to their injured workers. This treatment may be provided by a physician or facility that the employee has designated previously or an employer-designated medical provider. In most states, after the first month of treatment, the employee may switch treating physicians if he or she is not happy with a doctor.

Temporary Disability:

The employer’s insurance carrier is required to pay an injured worker temporary total or temporary partial disability benefits during the time that the injured worker is unable to work. There is often a three or four day waiting period prior to the payment of temporary total and temporary partial disability benefits. It is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee because a Workers’ Compensation claim has been filed.

Permanent Disability:

After the employee has healed from his or her injuries, the level of permanent disability is rated by a designated government official. Depending upon this rating, the employee is then paid a permanent disability award.

Vocational Rehabilitation:

In Workers’ Comp states, an employer is required to accommodate an injured worker by returning that employee to his or her regular job. If the employee is physically precluded by the doctor from doing the same kind of work, the employer must provide either a modified work environment that will accommodate the employee or notify the insurance carrier that the employee is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.

Some states give a cash payment to the worker for retraining expenses, while other states have set rehabilitation vendors who test and refer the injured worker out for vocational training.

Author Bio

Hayley is a freelance blogger. She recommends the law offices of Dwight W. Norton & Elmer G. Gibbons, III if you or someone you know is searching for an expert workers compensation lawyer in New Orleans.

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Top 16 Things To Do In The Gold Coast With Family

Add up 70 kilometers of beautiful coastlines, the biggest range of attractions on the Southern Hemisphere and 100,000 hectares of World Heritage rainforest. What do you get? That’s the gold coast for you, the blessed land where there’s warm sunshine, 300 days a year.

Walk the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk: Walk over the canopies of 30 acres of magnificent rainforest. Observe rockpools and tumbling creeks from above, at the Tamborine Mountain Eco Centre.

Visit Sea World: Stroke a stingray, get up and close to dangerous sharks, and watch the Gold Coast’s enchanting marine life via transparent glass.

Visit the Carrara Markets: Queensland’s biggest, permanent market. Enjoy activities such as face painting, fire throwing, pony rides, carnival rides and so on. Entry and parking are free.

Visit Dream World: There are more than 40 rides and attractions. Don’t miss Wiggles World, Big 7 Thrill Rides, Tiger Island and the wildlife sanctuary with over 500 native Australian animals.

Visit the Kingston Park Raceway: Take your family go-karting in Australia’s most technically advanced Go-Karting & Amusement venue. There are over a 100 karts on the 3 race tracks to enjoy.

Visit Luke’s Reptile Kingdom: The largest collection of Australian reptiles ever seen in one place. There are 3 interactive, informative shows every hour that are not to be missed.

Enjoy a Jet Boating Adventure: Enjoy some great wakesurfing, 360° spins, high speed drifting, and “beach buzzing” in very less water close to the shore. Nothing could be more exciting than that!

Visit Thunderbird Park: Mount Tamborine perfect nature’s playground. Go bush walking, ride horses, and go fossicking at Thunderegg mine and participate in Australia’s biggest ropes and adventure course.

Visit Timezone: Australia’s largest indoor entertainment center with more than 350 games and indoor attractions including laser skirmish, mini golf and much more.

Visit Tropical Fruit World: Learn about Australian fruits, go on plantation safaris, jungle riverboat cruises, go on fruit-tasting tours, enjoy mini-train rides, and explore the treasure island and fauna park.

Visit the Wax Museum: This is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest wax museum with figures of famous people, royalty and explorers all in authentic costumes, along with a Chamber of Horrors.

See Glow Worm Caves: Visit the Cedar Creek Estate and watch how the glow worms light up the cave at the Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Tamborine Mountain.

Visit the WhiteWater World: A unique beach with its own beach and surfing culture, with some terrific water slides and beach activities for families.

Go on a Jet Ski Safari: Explore the beautiful gold coast coastline and inland river pathways on jet skis. Jump ocean waves on jet skis with your tour jet ski tour operators. Kids love it.

Explore the Hinterland: Explore the amazing trails, marvelous coastlines and the lush green hinterland on bikes or foot. Visit wineries, breweries, cheese cottages and taste the local produce.

Visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: Let your family enjoy walking over 27 hectares of spectacular forests, inhabited by 1,400 species of Australian wildlife – mammals, birds and reptiles.

David Rudolph works for Adrenaline. He is a passionate writer, and takes every possible opportunity to write on his favorite subject – Exploring Australia

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All You Need to Know About APS – HP BladeSystem Solutions [2010]

While some certifications are taken generally by IT professionals, this particular examination is designed for service technicians working for HP (Hewlett Packard) and its channel partners. HP is an IT company based in California, USA. It is known to provide services, products, solutions, technologies and software to various types of consumers.

Certification Overview

Basically, this kind of certification is targeting all Service Technicians employed by HP and its partner companies. This certification focuses on the hardware support aspect and specifically designed for field repair engineers. The tasks associated in this field are installation, fundamental troubleshooting, configuration, repairs and verification of HP Certifications BladeSystemproduct operations. Through proper training and education, an aspirant can become familiar in all troubleshooting tasks related to the various products of HP BladeSystem.

Prerequisites and Requirements

To become an APS – HP BladeSystem Solutions [2010] certified, several requirements should be satisfied and qualifications should also be met such as the following:

  1. Examination – This is referred as the first prerequisite for the certification. Any aspirant should take the HP2-T16 exam, which is associated with HPES course. Alternatively, a candidate may also take the CompTIA server test combined with a third party certification. Depending on the examinee, he can choose in any of the two options.
  2. Operating system – This is second prerequisite needed and candidates can choose from a list of operating system courses. Some of the courses include third-party operating systems like Novell and Microsoft, CSA-HP-UX 11i and others.
  3. Networking – This is the last prerequisite needed and candidates can choose from CLE, CCIE, CISCO CCNP, Oracle Certified Expert and others.
  4. Core requirement – Aside from the first three prerequisites, a technician should also pass the HP2-T19 exam, which is known as Servicing HP Blade test.

Basically, a candidate should pass one core requirement and possess three prerequisites.  Therefore, a total of four examinations should be completed and passed before one is considered a certified HPBladeSystem service technician.

Preparing forAPS – HP BladeSystem Solutions [2010] Certification

Just like any other examinations, there should be an intensive preparation and training for it. Aside from hands on training at work, candidates should also secure some reference materials as an aid during review.

  1. Reference materials – Fortunately, you can easily find review materials in bookstores and through the internet. It is quite easy to search for references online; however, free manuals are onlimited versions. With that, it is best to get paid materials to get the full version of it. Alternatively, you can also buy books and review materials from bookstores and specialty shops.
  2. Crash courses – If you are not comfortable with selfreview, you also enroll in a “crash” or short course related to your future exam. For APS – HP BladeSystem Solutions course, a student can learn the following topics: BladeSystem benefits, model, installation and identification of components, setting up the BladeSystem, related modules and anything related to this product.

Taking a certification exam may take a lot of time, resources and effort. But, instead of dwelling on these difficulties, it is best to think on the future benefits that you can get. Once you have passed the exam, you will definitely enjoy the prestige and perks associated with the job.


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Career Opportunities for You

Government, commercial entities and other organizations employ Project Management Professional (PMP) certified project managers in an effort to improve the success rate of projects in all areas of knowledge, by applying a standardized and evolving array of project management principles as contained in the PMI’s PMBOK Guide. As of December 2005, the PMP credential was tied for fourth place in’s 10 Hottest Certifications for 2006and by December 2008, it was number 7 of ZDNet’s 10 best IT certifications. Going by this one can see that this is quite a hot job.

PMP test

Project Management Professional is a credential that is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).The PMP exam is presented as a computer-based test via the worldwide network of Prometric testing centers. There also exists a paper-based option for locations with no Prometric testing centersclose at hand. The exam consists of 200 questions referred to as items. 25 of these are pre-release items, which are not included in exam scoring. The score is then calculated based on the additional 175 items. Each item has a key which is the correct answer and three distractors that are incorrect answer choices.

Examination types

For Candidates who take the computer-based test their results, whether passed or not passed, are received immediately upon completion. PMI Certifications also appraises proficiency levels in each project management process group from high proficiency to low proficiency in a score report which the candidates get after the examination. Candidates who take paper-based tests however, obtain their test results and score reports on average within 4 weeks.

Item writing

PMP tests involve item writing. Item writing is an ongoing process at PMI and new items, the questions with 4 answering options each, are added to PMI’s compilation of exam items while others may be removed from it from time to time. The item writers use the PMI PMP Certifications Specification to identify item contents and references that is project management texts or standards to verify the correctness of the item. Individuals who are active in the field of PMP exam preparation for example trainers, courseware developers, book authors, among others are not allowed to participate in item writing sessions.

Getting Certified

So how can you possibly be a part of all these? Potential Candidates must verify a high school diploma or otherwise have an associates degree with 60 months or rather 7,500 hours of project management experience. One can also hold a bachelor’s degree with 36 months or 4,500 hours of project management experience. In all these cases candidates must also have at least 35 contact hours of project management education. The application for the examination and verification of education and experience are all done online at the PMI website. Continuous credential requirements also called CCRsare part of Project Management Professional career. In order to maintain the PMP qualification, 60 professional development units, PDUs, must be earned over a three-year cycle. They range from activities such as researching, authoring articles, speaking on project management-related topics, to being engaged full time in project management.


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How to Enjoy Italy

Italy can be the best explored by the rental cars. The  Italy tour is incomplete without picking the best car rental company. The question arises how to complete the tours in Italy. Well, the answer is by hiring a good care rental agency that is able to understand your requirements well and provide you with the right solutions.

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The first and foremost determining factor is the location. In case, you’re planning to look for a vehicle to pick and drop from the airport? In case, you’re looking for the same, then most of the service locations has an exclusive facility wherein they will come and pick you up from the airport through a shuttle bus and will bring directly to the office to complete the pick up transaction. Most of the business travelers will go for the big companies. So, do you require the car that doesn’t need an airport? Well, there are many local car agencies that have affiliates in the local cities. If you are opting for a one way rental, ensure that you tell the agency that you’ll not be returning the car to the similar location. There is a fee involved in such a case unless the trip ends and it also have an affiliate. In both of the cases, there is an extra fee associated with taking the car off and it won’t be returned in a while.

Type of Car

While taking Italy tour, you need to decide on the type of car that you want to drive around. May be you’re looking for a road vehicle or a sports car to make the nice impression. Chances are that you won’t be able to get these types of vehicles from the airport. For these rentals, you need to do an extensive research and probably make some phone calls. Agencies may be able to guide you in a proper fashion and arrange the vehicle a lot more easy and convenient, but be prepared to pay extra fee for such kind of services.

Last but not the least; you need to take into consideration how car rental agencies are maintaining the car. Based on the results the renters are driving the old cars with a high mileage, but it is not maintained well. These older cars are subject to more wear and tear on the engine and damage to the interior parts as well. Lower cost of the engine will have more damage to the interior as well. Lower cost engine agencies rent the car often and they may not have time to maintain it in a proper fashion.

If you are going to a cheap car rental agency, then opt for a car that is clean and tidy.  Its true that there may not be any trash in the car, but the upholstery may not have been cleaned properly.

So, take your decision wisely and enjoy Italy to the fullest as this the most beautiful destination you will ever come along.

Pamela is a freelance writer who writes on different topics such as travelling, beaches and social media. she has been doing Tours Italy recently and is sharing her experiences here with us. She loves to travel and make new friends.

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What You Need to Know About Pre-employment Background Checks!

The companies are more focused about hiring honest employees because of the increased electronic data privacy in today’s work environment. The article seeks to investigate the needs of background verification and the strategies adopted by job seekers to go through this process. Read on to explore more!

More than 50% of the employers in India do some background search for new employees. The fact is that one in eight people has a criminal record. If you take into account all aspects of a background check, you will find that the number of requests related to misinformation has increased by 35-40%. Various private companies and investigators offer pre-employment background checks for companies in an effort to help better understand the past of an individual or help predict possible future behavior of a candidate.

Why is it necessary?

Many different people have many theories as to why a background check of any kind is considered necessary. One of the most basic reasons is just to verify information received on the application. Some people actually tend to lie on their resume or the application to increase chances chance of getting the position they desire.

In many cases, the primary function of background verifications is to ensure that the person will not be an immediate threat or a liability to the company. Nowadays, employers are more dedicated towards hiring responsible employees. The credit history of the employee is very important for the employer to decide that how responsible the candidate is towards his/her job.

What employers usually check?

While conducting the process of background verification, the employers mainly check your credibility, your criminal record, your past work as well as your driving record. You can get an idea of what the employers is thinking of checking by the time you finish filling an employment application form. If you are mentioning the contact details of your previous employer or your boss, keep in mind that you are permitting the potential employer to check your background. You are also allowing the current employer to give away the information about you. If you provide details of some of your references, remain assured that they will also be contacted in future.

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Best strategies adopted by job seekers

The domain experts share their perspectives on the best strategies, which the job seekers can adopt to ease the process of background verification.

  1. Know your rights: It will be in the best of your interests if you are a knowledgeable candidate. You can go online and check what employers mainly look for and what are your rights associated with this matter!
  2. Ask for a credit report: Ask your future employer to provide you with a copy of your credit report, so that you can be assured of what the report suggests. If there are issues, make sure that you clear those beforehand.
  3. Go through the job application: Do not forget to read the application form carefully, so that you remain informed about the things that will be checked.
  4. Disclose after being asked: Depending upon your employment application, disclose the information only when asked. Do not show your proactiveness by telling everything without being asked, as this creates a very bad impression.
  5. Be honest: If your future employer asks you about your credits or criminal records, do not lie and better explain the situations. The employers always prefer honest employees to the liars.

Bear in mind that if you lie on your resume related to your whereabouts, there are chances that the employer may fire you in future. This course of action will not necessarily be based upon what they found, but it will be because you lied while applying!

Author bio:

The author is a professional writer who has written for a plethora of job related websites. She writes about the latest job industry trends and offers solution to all career related queries and dilemmas.

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Fashion Has Its Effect On Kids

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When it is about fashion. Kids are too much into it than elders these days. Having a nice jeans (The Danish Word For”Jeans”), which is trendy and is different from others. They have made them check for the best one available in the market. There are many stores which sell these pants to kids with different shades, cuts and designs. Some of them have shades of light colors or dark ones, some with buttons and others with more pockets. These things makes them happy as they can share it with their friends and go out wearing it. The fashion has its own effect on these kids as not all these things are affordable. Some are surely affordable which one can choose for their kids. Having a new collection in the wardrobe will make one happy and they feel like going out without asking for anything else.

Kids Stores Are Available Online

There are many people who find it hard to go out with a baby at home. This makes them not to get anything new for their kids. But this is no more seen as there is kids stores online where people can choose and take whatever they want to. Even the cloths are available for kids but trying first is very important. The store will make one get the finest option and can also buy according to their interest. Since no need of any company to go out, one can make it at home whenever they are free. These websites will be available all the time and one can check the website whenever they are free.

The Website Address Will Help Get Back To The Same Page

Since there are plenty of websites, it is hard to remember the website which one has visited. It is important to make the website so that one can get back to the same page whenever they want to. This helps as people need not have to waste their time in search of the website again and again. Visiting and saving it helps one to know the new arrivals and to make a purchase. This is instant and takes no more time.

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Dressing Your Child With Topnotch Fashion

Most famous fashion house brands are elaborate and extravagant fashion apparels for grownups and teenagers. Hardly do you ever find designer fashion houses for children. However, with the availability of miss grant clothing, monnalisa and catamini, all this has changed. These three fashion houses are now designing top quality clothing for the children that make kids look very fashionable.

Based in Italy, miss grant clothing is a dominant girl’s wear brand that is dependant on its exclusive designs. A discerning awareness and the capacity to define fashion trends are the fundamental essential features of this designer. Miss Grant Garcon is a fashion savvy professional that has designed classy and outstanding collections form more than thirty years.

The spellbinding and attractive brand of monnalisa was established and developed by Piero Iacomoni and Barbara Bertocc in 1968. Monnalisa has firmly been a globally positioned brand for more than forty years and has continued to grow in recognition and eminence. This designer brand is great for little children due to its elaborate value that is lovable.

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Another really wonderful children’s fashion house designer wear is the Catimini collection at Strawberry. This is an excellent children fashion house that is based in France that integrates practical clothing with high end fashion into delicate pieces that are designed with resplendent and adventurous colors and designs. The clothing line definitely distinguishes your child and makes them remarkably prominent.

Children have now become exposed to the fashion practices of adults and they are seriously predisposed towards that. With parents now motivating their children to put on top quality fashion, miss grant clothing, monnalisa and catamini are great children apparels that will be around for a long time to come. Anyone who is looking forward to buying wonderful and popular costumes, then these three fashion houses have the best for you to select from.

At the moment, children’s designer wear is a hot trend and many brands are introducing kid’s designer wear. At this, miss grant clothing, monnalisa and catamini are three leading brands that have been pioneers in this area. Designer baby clothes, designer kid’s clothes and designer teenage clothes are now available for the perceptive parent.

With the availability of designer clothes, your little ones can now dress up in stylish and comfortable apparels that are made specifically for them. There is quite a huge and fantastic collection from the three designer houses miss grant clothing, monnalisa and catamini and anything that kids wear can be found for them. It used to be quite difficult searching for kids clothes but that’s in the past now.

With miss grant clothing, monnalisa and catamini selections, you have one of the best collections of kid’s designer wear. It’s easier to find clothing for kids because of these three brands.

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10 OnlineMarketing Trends for 2013

10 Online Marketing Trends for 2013 300x258 10 OnlineMarketing Trends for 20132013 so far has been a challenging year for online marketing. Rising advertising costs in popular channels and shifting search engine algorithms have hurt many online marketers. But with new challenges comes new solutions. Online marketers, such as those at are using different strategies to grow their business. Here are the 10 rising trends this year.

1. Alternative Advertising Channels – Everybody knows just how great PPC advertising is but not everyone has the budget to compete against advertiser with deep pockets. That’s why online marketers are exploring other advertising channels and models from pay per view, banner advertising, cost per lead, to lesser known advertising networks.

2. Retargeting – Retargeting gives marketers another chance to bring back visitors that have visited their site. It displays your ad across the web to remind visitors to come back. According to many online marketers, it is one of the most profitable advertising strategies that they are using.

3. Focusing on Authority – More websites are growing with the goal of becoming an authority in their marketplace and industry. They are focusing on creating a brand by becoming the go-to experts. This is being backed up by effective engagement strategies and quality authoritative content.

4. Mobile Marketing – The past two years have been filled with naysayers stating how mobile marketing was just a trend that was going to result in a simple blip in the radar. Fortunately, they were wrong. More people today are using mobile devices to surf the Internet and as a result, more businesses are finding success by building marketing strategies targeted to these mobile users.

5. Responsive Design – Web developers and designers have created a new design strategy that makes the website change to the mobile device being used rather than requiring the user to use a mobile website. Marketers are embracing this design methodology because they it means that they don’t have to invest in a separate mobile site and market it.

6. Local Marketing – Previously, only a small percentage of local businesses took advantage of local online marketing. Now, local marketing is mainstream and it seems that almost every local business is either marketing online or has some kind of online presence.

7. Inbound Marketing – Rather than pushing their marketing to the outside, more companies are attracting traffic from the inside. Inbound marketing focuses on marketing through the use of content, community, interaction and customer experience. The strategy is so cost effective that 48% of online marketers are planning to increase their budget for in in the coming year.

8. Content Marketing – Although it’s part of inbound marketing content marketing as a stand alone strategy is solely about promoting content. The goal of content marketing differs from business to business. Most businesses that talk about content marketing approach it with the goal of generating links to advance their SEO campaign.

9. Social Media – Social media has grown up and more businesses are embracing it as a real marketing strategy. There are a lot more case studies and strategies to learn from than there was ever before. There are also analytic tools (finally!) that help marketers figure out what’s working and what’s not. Marketers are also approaching social media holistically, integrating it into every aspect of their marketing.

10. Video Marketing – While video has been prevalent for many years, it still had to prove itself as a viable marketing channel. Businesses are now advertising on YouTube, promoting their video channels, attempting to create viral videos, and even using videos to get traffic from the search engines.

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Online Marketing Analytics

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One of the most important tools for Search Engine Marketing and Optimization is Analytics; it usually comes free and is easily customized to the marketers’ needs. It enables its users to improve sites and stress necessary improvements that must be made for maximum optimization in the online environment market.

Analytics comes into good use for commercial activity especially in search engine marketing (e.g. Google and etc.); wherein every small change can affect sales opportunities. These analytics are put on a website and while remaining hidden from users, are able to monitor each visitor’s activities like site traffics and page histories.

You can also detect passwords and how long visitors have stayed in your site and pretty much everything you need to know. These pieces of information, no matter how small, are necessary. This is important to have an idea what kinds of people you are marketing your website or goods to and to specifically target a wider market, if possible.

You must understand what visitors are looking for and to attract them into your site and gain customers in the process. However, one must examine how information derived from business analytics software is used before he can even make use of it. Each comment and the slightest changes in visitor numbers could make a big difference. Due to the possibility of losing an investment, site traffic and user feedback must be regularly monitored to determine if a certain campaign is paying off. URL’s and goals must be established by the marketer also.

In the most part the software is free, discreet and can be easily tailored to meet your requirements. Of course there are pay versions that will offer some more bespoke, advanced features, but for the majority of Internet marketers, that just isn’t necessary. The software is versatile and can be used to find out exactly where your site is being most effective and where developments can be made. This too can roll over to your external marketing efforts and highlight the pages that ought to be promoted with greater gusto.

If you aren’t marketing orientated, don’t have the time or the resources, then you might want to get some professional assistance for your analytics as well as other areas of your website’s marketing. It requires a great deal of understanding and certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly, but there are plenty of people out there who can help you get the very most out of analytics.

So, if you’re struggling with SEO, SEM or PPC, get analytics installed on your site and start getting some real-time feedback on how everything is going. To achieve the level of targeting you need to really succeed, it is impossible to consider not using some kind of analytics package. Try to consider these suggestions and recommendations because they might be of great help to your company.

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