What is defamation?

Sometimes crime is not obvious. While it is clear when a violent crime occurs, crimes, such as defamation, may be trickier to detect. You may think something is not right, but not be quite sure if it is really breaking the law. That is why understanding such crimes is important. You should know how Ohio law defines a crime such as defamation so you can protect against it if it happens to you or avoid doing it if you ever find yourself in a situation where it could happen.

The Ohio State Bar Association explains defamation includes libel and slander, which are two different crimes themselves. Defamation is when someone puts out information about you that is not true and that could damage your reputation. Libel is when that information is written or otherwise broadcasted whereas slander is when the information is spoken.

With the growth of the internet, people often like to rant about others. If you start writing bad things about people you know or even those you do not, you could face some issues legally speaking. It is huge risk because there are subtle elements of the law that could mean you are in the wrong even if you have proof of the truth.

To prove libel or slander the other person has to show that whatever you said or wrote caused that his or her harm, that it is was a false statement and that someone else heard or read the statement. Now, if you simply state an opinion, then that is freedom of speech and legal. This information is for education and does not constitute legal advice.

Changing schedules and traffic accident risks

During the fall, many people struggle to adjust to new schedules. For example, parents may be having a hard time adjusting to their children’s school schedule, whether they have to wake up earlier to drive their kids to class or leave work early in order to pick their kids up from school or extracurricular activities. People may also work different hours during the fall, and there are many other reasons why schedules change during the fall (and other times of the year). It is important to note that these changes can increase the probability of traffic accidents.

There are a lot of different ways in which new schedules can make someone more likely to cause (or even be involved in) a car crash. For example, these changes can also affect one’s sleep, which may lead to driver fatigue. Someone who is not used to waking up so early may have more difficulty staying alert while they are on the road. People may also drive at different times of day which may carry a higher risk of traffic collisions. Moreover, drivers may be under a lot of pressure due to these changes, which could make them distracted or affect their driving abilities in other ways.

If you were involved in a crash that may have been caused by your schedule changing (or someone else who was adjusting to a different routine), it is important to look into what you can do to recover. If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligent behavior, it may be very important to consider your legal options.

2 things to know about gig work and workers’ compensation

Gig work is becoming mainstream. It is when you work a job in Ohio where you are not an employee. You are an independent contractor. This changes many things about employment that you may rely on, including workers’ compensation.

As a gig worker, you may not have protections that you have always relied on having. You may not get benefits or have the security that you would have as an employee. It can be tough, but gig work also has its benefits, such as being more in control of your earnings and work schedule.

When it comes to benefits, specifically workers’ compensation, there are a few things that you should know and understand. Here is a look at three of them.

  1. The law is unclear

Forbes explains many federal agencies have looked into gig workers and their status in relation to employers. The overwhelming conclusion is that gig workers are an independent business, which would mean they do not qualify for workers’ compensation under their employer. However, these rulings did not come from the Supreme Court or any judge, so states, which run their own workers’ compensation programs, are not bound to follow what they say.

  1. Workers’ compensation qualification is not black and white

One of the biggest issues you will face is that workers’ compensation does not always fall in line like other benefits. While an employer does not have to offer an independent contractor vacation time or holiday pay, it may still have to cover you under workers’ compensation. This muddies the waters and makes knowing if you qualify for benefits even trickier.

So, the bottom line is that should you get while working a gig, you may or may not have coverage under workers’ compensation insurance. Your best bet is to plan for a lack of coverage and have your own insurance in place.