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Employer Required to Reimburse Employee For Medical Marijuana Treatment

The Court of Appeals of New Mexico issued a decision last week that many employers believe flies in the face of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801 (“CSA”), and the Justice Department’s August 29, 2013 Memorandum....more

Merkens v. Federal - Injured Worker Who Failed To Challenge Termination Of Workers’ Comp Benefits In Industrial Commission Cannot...

The court of appeals affirmed. A workers’ compensation carrier can commit the tort of bad faith in two ways: (1) the intentional and unreasonable denial of a claim (“bad faith denial of benefits”); or (2) the intentional and...more

Workers' Comp. Alert: Going And Coming Rule Again Narrowed

The California Court of Appeal addressed the scope of the Going And Coming Rule in its decision, Craig Schultz v. WCAB and Joint Test Tactics and Training (JT3), 2015 S.O.S. 99, January 6, 2015....more

Comcare licensees: Push to lower barriers to entry to the federal WHS system

The Federal Government is proposing to make it easier for businesses to opt out of State and Territory specific work health and safety (WHS) laws and to join the Federal WHS system. The case for self-insurance...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Treasurer Needs an Appeal Bond to Challenge Workers Comp Award

Although Illinois courts are courts of general jurisdiction presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, this presumption doesn’t apply to workers’ compensation proceedings. Pursuant to Section 19(f)(2) of the Workers’...more

Does the Workers' Compensation Commission Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Claims for Referral Fees?

In the closing days of its May term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal from a decision of the Appellate Court for the Second District in Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito. Ferris,...more

Sports Law - Feb 25, 2014: Losing Streak: Athletes Seeking Workers’ Comp. In California Suffer Setbacks

Professional athletes seeking to take advantage of California’s historically beneficial workers’ compensation scheme suffered back-to-back defeats to close out 2013. Even as public attention to the long-term effects of...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Changes Labor Market Survey Rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may significantly change the ability of an employer to modify or suspend Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation benefits based on a Labor Market Survey. In...more

Australia’s High Court Denies Employee Worker’s Compensation Claim For Sex Injury

Ruling in a 4-2 decision[1], the Australian High Court denied a government employee worker’s compensation claim for an injury the employee sustained while having sex in a motel room during a business trip. The female...more

Case Comment: Penner v. Niagara (Regional Police Services Board), 2013 SCC 19: Did the SCC Flip Flop on Finality?

Can issues that have already been determined by an administrative tribunal in one forum be revisited in another forum? In its earlier decision in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v. Figliola, the S.C.C....more

Illinois Supreme Court Extends Mailbox Rule to Judicial Review of Workers' Comp Commission

Last week, in a case which had attracted nationwide interest in the workers' compensation bar, a divided Illinois Supreme Court extended the mailbox rule to the process of initiating judicial review of decisions of the...more

Reality Bites: Know the Law Before Using That Hidden Camera

During the holiday break, I did what many lawyers do (but will publicly deny): I watched a few ”bad” reality tv shows. No, I didn’t watch “Here Comes Honey Boo-boo” (even I have my limits). But on the Food...more

A New Year Brings New Compliance Obligations for Employers

As 2012 winds to a close, a look back at legal developments demonstrates that state legislatures were busy all year long. Every year, employers are inundated with new employment laws and regulations that impose new compliance...more

Supreme Court Approves Vacating Prior PTD Award

Summary - In Roy Justice v. West Virginia Office Insurance Commission and Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., No. 11-0113 (W.Va. Nov. 14, 2012), the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a significant decision impacting...more

Employer Handbook: Workers’ Compensation Retaliation

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: All employers, whether subscribers to workers’ compensation insurance, or not. What is the issue: Employees of businesses that make workers’ compensation claims sometimes...more

Police and Fire Fighters Have Extra Benefits

In Nevada, police officers and fire fighters have additional workers' compensation coverage and benefits for some injuries and illnesses that Nevada employees of other occupations do not have. The laws that are unique to...more

2012 Workers Compensation Reform In California

Workers Compensation reform is on the way. Cynics might ask, didn’t we do this several years ago? Yes we did. In the late 1990’s, overutilization of medical services, higher-than-normal indemnity benefit costs, and...more

Hiring Long Lasting Employees

Hiring long lasting employees is of great benefit to a business, even these days when workers are especially mobile, often changing jobs and employers on a regular basis. The old paradigm of workers staying with one...more

Federal Court Holds That FLSA’s “Fluctuating Workweek” Method of Overtime Compensation Violates PA Law

In the wage and hour realm, even the most knowledgeable Pennsylvania employers often are unaware of potential compliance pitfalls presented by state law. Like the FLSA, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (“PMWA”) contains...more

California Tightens Restrictions on Referrals of Workers’ Compensation Patients

On August 31, 2012, the California legislature approved Senate Bill 863, which, among other things, added Section 139.32 to the Labor Code. This provision creates a new series of referral prohibitions relating to the...more

As they say on Project Runway - Make it Work (for you): The Intersection of Work Comp and the Family and Medical Leave Act

This is a BIG topic. You can write volumes, not just a blog post, on the intersection of Work Comp and FMLA. These issues are always complicated by the fact that work comp attorneys and employment law attorneys are like...more

Social Security Disability Benefits and Workers’ Compensation Settlements

We are often asked how Social Security Disability benefits are impacted by a workers’ compensation settlement. Many of our clients are concerned that they will lose their right to their social security disability...more

A Willful OSHA Violation Insufficient to Circumvent The Workers' Compensation Act's Bar on Lawsuit Against Employer

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that a willful violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) standards, without other evidence of an employer’s intentional conduct, is insufficient to...more

The Perils of Self-Insurance

Today we continue our previews of the new civil review grants from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court. In Skokie Castings, Inc. v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund, [pdf] the Court will face questions about the...more

When Premiums Go Up, Will Reported Injuries Go Down?

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce magazine "Business Voice" reported in the June 2012 edition that Nevada employers with a history of claims should expect to pay higher premiums beginning on March 1, 2013. Premiums are set...more

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