February 2014

Executive Minimum Wage Order

Beginning January 1, 2015, a new minimum wage for workers paid under federal contracts and subcontracts takes effect. According to an Executive Order signed by President Obama on February 12, 2014, the new minimum wage for workers paid under federal contracts and subcontracts must be at least $10.10 per hour. The wage will adjust annually for inflation, as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.


Motorcycle Accidents: On the Rise in Humboldt?

The frequency with which motorcyclists are struck by unsafe/inattentive drivers seems to be on the rise in Humboldt County. Janssen Malloy LLP is currently handling several motorcycle/vehicle collision cases in which the driver of a car, truck or delivery van was speeding, turned unsafely into the motorcyclist, or rear-ended the motorcyclist. All motorcyclists (and bicyclists) have stories of how they felt like some magic dust had rendered them invisible on the road to drivers of cars and trucks. Most motorcyclists are careful, defensive drivers, because they absolutely have to be.


Pedestrian Accidents in Humboldt County

Anyone who decides to walk across a street in Humboldt County is at risk of being injured by an inattentive driver. In 2010 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to 1 crash related pedestrian death every 2 hours and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrians are 1½ times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.