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Inadequate Scaffolding Safety Measures Cited in Georgia Stucco Worker’s Fatal Fall

A 42-year-old construction worker fell to his death in September of 2013 while renovating a dorm at the East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Georgia. The man toppled 19 feet off scaffolding as he applied stucco to the...more

Texas Supreme Court oral arguments (9/14)

No. 12-0803 -- Texas Dep't of Aging & Disability Servs. v. Cannon -- The plaintiff brought a wrongful-death case against the department and department employees. The department moved to dismiss the employees, arguing that...more

Game On! Recent Legal Developments and Tax Issues for Collegiate Athletics

This is a period of unprecedented change for collegiate athletics, with potentially surprising tax consequences to the parties involved. Within the past six months, a federal district court held that the antitrust laws...more

Domino’s Pizza is Not Vicariously Liable for Acts of a Franchise Employee Where Domino’s Lacks Control Over Employee, Says...

Domino’s Pizza This week, the California Supreme Court held that Domino’s Pizza was not liable for the torts of an employee of a franchise because Domino’s had no contractual or operational control over the employee. The...more

No damages awarded for unforeseeable workplace assault, but employer ordered to rewrite harassment policy

The fact that an employee had engaged in harassment did not make it foreseeable that he would assault a coworker, a labour arbitrator has held. However, the company’s harassment policy was deficient and needed to be...more

Sixth Circuit says ERISA does not preempt state law claim for fraudulent inducement.

The Sixth Circuit recently held that ERISA did not preempt a plan participant’s claim for state law fraudulent inducement. McCarthy v. Ameritech Pub., Inc., No. 12-4510, 2014 WL 3930572 (6th Cir. 2014). Defendant-API’s...more

Illinois Employer May Be Liable for Failing to Investigate Employee's Murderous Email Threats

Can an employer be liable for wrongful death by failing to investigate an employee's email threats to murder his family? The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that the answer may be "yes" based on the employer's...more

Update: California Supreme Court to Review Secondary Asbestos Exposure Cases

In Sedgwick’s June 2014 Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update, we reported on two conflicting decisions from different California appellate courts regarding companies’ duty to prevent “take home exposures” to asbestos...more

No Workers' Comp Immunity! No Insurance! Sure Is a Problem

In many states, workers’ compensation benefits are ordinarily the exclusive remedy for an employee injured or killed on the job. In exchange for these benefits, often awarded on a “no fault” basis, the employee generally...more

Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from...more

Florida Court finds Workers' Compensation Statute Unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida has found that Section 440.11 of Florida's Workers' Compensation Act (the "Act"), which makes the Act the "exclusive" remedy...more

Bill Introduced to Congress Which Establishes National Hiring Standards for Motor Carriers

The recent introduction of H.R. 4727 in the House of Representatives marks the first step toward insulating freight brokers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) from claims by plaintiffs who seek an alternate source for...more

What should employees expect regarding worker safety?

It is easy to understand how employees may not be fully aware of what they should expect regarding worker safety. With job duties, continued training and other concerns, many employees may not even think about safety...more

QUIRKY QUESTION # 239, Employers Might Be Liable For Accidents During The Commute If They Require Employees To Use Their Vehicle...

Question: Our office manager occasionally runs errands during the day such as delivering something to a customer or picking up lunch for a meeting. We reimburse her at the IRS rate for mileage. Yesterday, on her way...more

Notes taken post-accident can lose privilege if used to refresh memory, court decision suggests

Privileged notes taken by a witness – or by the employer from a witness – after a workplace accident may cease to be privileged if used by the witness to prepare to testify in court, a recent court decision...more

New Hampshire Court Dismisses Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims as Redundant of Motor Carrier’s Vicarious Liability

A New Hampshire trial court recently ruled that negligent hiring and retention claims asserted against a motor carrier on behalf of persons seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident are redundant of the motor carrier’s...more

Ministry of Labour sued for hiring allegedly incompetent inspector

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is facing a negligence suit by the lone survivor of the Christmas Eve, 2009 scaffold collapse that resulted in Metron Construction being fined $750,000.00 for safety violations....more

BSG: Kein Unfallversicherungsschutz bei selbst organisierter Weihnachtsfeier

Arbeitnehmer, die an einer betrieblichen Gemeinschaftsveranstaltung teilnehmen, sind nach ständiger Rechtsprechung als Beschäftigte grundsätzlich in der gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung versichert. Nach einer Entscheidung des...more

A wake up call for employers – legal liability to shift workers and ‘fly-in, fly out’ employees

Australia’s increasingly flexible workforce means we no longer all work from nine until five. Family commitments, the prospects of better pay, study commitments and countless other factors are all influencing when we work,...more

How Not To Train Employees: Stage A Fake Armed Robbery

Ever wonder how your employees would handle a life-threatening situation? Well, four supervisors of the West Kern Water District apparently did. And they didn’t just wonder; concerned about robberies in the area and following...more

Eleventh Circuit Sustains Award To Employer In Whistleblower Case

In a warning to plaintiffs’ counsel who seek emotional distress damages for alleged whistleblower retaliation under Florida law, the Eleventh Circuit in Smith v. Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., 750 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. May 6,...more

Proper Processes Can Insulate Employer From Tortious Act of Employees

Employers occasionally become dejected over the prospects of defending against tort and other civil claims in state courts. However, a recent case out of Houston reaffirms that employers can and do win these kinds of cases...more

Oklahoma employer not responsible for workplace prank

Car dealerships must be a Mecca for pranks. The combination of substantial periods of downtime with a lively sales staff leads to workplace fun. But what happens when things turn ugly, and someone gets hurt? Does the employer...more

Employers Fight Back Against Whistleblowers

In 2013, the federal government recovered $3.8 billion from settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act (FCA). Whistleblowers—also called “relators”—can recover up to 30 percent of whatever a defendant pays in a...more

Is The Employee Who Injured Me Responsible for My Injuries?

A tort is a civil wrong that causes an individual to suffer harm, loss, or other injury. Generally speaking, the person who commits the tortious act is legally responsible for the victim's injuries. The theory of tort law...more

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