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Risks In Being A Joint Employer

Joint employment of one worker by two businesses can create risks of liability for both employers in a variety of ways. Both businesses may be liable, for example, on claims for employment discrimination and/or violations of...more

A Change in Direction for Change in Condition?

On January 20, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals handed down its opinion in Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 WL 231216, and held that claimant is not required to prove a change of condition by objective...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans [Video]

Nexsen Pruet tax and benefits attorney Sue Odom discusses why Employee Stock Ownership Plans are her favorite, including huge tax advantages for certain businesses....more

New Year Means New Rate

It is a new year, and with that comes a new maximum compensation rate for workers’ compensation claimants in South Carolina. The new maximum weekly compensation rate for accidents occurring on or after January 1, 2016 is...more

The DBA's Exclusive Workers Compensation Scheme for Overseas Government Contractor Personnel

Understanding the preemptive role of the Defense Base Act (‘‘DBA’’) is crucial for any federal government contractor performing overseas work for the US military or federal departments or agencies. The DBA creates an...more

5 Steps Every Employer Should Take To Effectively Manage Workers' Compensation Claims

Enacted in 1915, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act was viewed as a “great compromise,” with both sides giving up important safeguards. In exchange for medical and economic benefits, employees surrender their right...more

Workers' Compensation Update: Recouping Workers' Compensation Costs In A Subsequent Medical Malpractice Case

Suppose an employee with a work-related knee injury needs a total knee replacement. During surgery, however, the popliteal artery is inadvertently severed, leading to a medical malpractice claim against the operating doctor...more

Occupational Illnesses Frequently Denied by Insurers

It isn’t always clear what the difference between a work-related illness and an illness that doesn’t originate in work activities but is made worse when the employee must try to work. Even when it is obvious and doctors...more

InterConnect - Winter 2015/2016

Out Like A Lion? The waning weeks of calendar year 2015 witnessed a remarkable convergence of regulatory and legislative activity affecting the transportation industry. For instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Retaliation Claims Difficult to Defend

A recent judgment in the United States District Court in Connecticut of over Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($502,402.05) illustrates the difficulties involved in defending retaliation claims. Summerlin v. Almost Family, Inc.,...more

A New Year = New Laws for California Employers

It’s that time again – a new year means new laws and regulations for California employers. Below we summarize new legislation that will affect employers doing business in California. Unless otherwise indicated, the new laws...more

Low Back Pain is Leading Cause of Occupational Disability

According to the Department of Labor, low back pain accounts for one-third of all occupational mesculoskekletal injuries and illnesses resulting in work disability. A recent article in the Journal of Occupational and...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: 60 seconds around the globe – ECB News Issue 2, 2015

China - Changes to Employee contribution rates for work related injury insurance and maternity insurance - As of 1 October 2015, employer contribution rates for injury-at-work insurance and maternity insurance have...more

Texas Supreme Court Vindicates Employer That Uniformly Enforced its Leave Policy

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court vacated a jury verdict in favor of a former employee who had alleged workers’ compensation retaliation, rendering judgment in favor of the employer and finding that the employee...more

Tis the Season for Good Party Planning

Holiday parties are a great way for employers to boost morale and bring employees together to celebrate the season and the past year’s accomplishments. However, if not properly planned, a holiday party may bring an...more

Interplay Between Texas Workers' Compensation Law and Federal Family Medical Leave Act: Texas Supreme Court Addresses Impact of...

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court provided significant guidance for employers by clarifying the relationship between the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act and the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") in...more

Georgia Supreme Court Interprets the Apportionment Statute in Conjunction with the Workers' Compensation Act

This month, the Georgia Supreme Court further extended the reach of the Georgia law addressing the apportionment of liability in tort cases in the case of Walker, et al. v. Tensor Machinery, et al. The Court had recently...more

Workers’ Compensation Mediation – What Employers Need to Know

The costs of civil litigation, and uncertainties of a jury trial, have turned mediation into its own cottage industry. Now more than ever, parties involved in civil suits will voluntarily agree to mediate the dispute, with...more

Employment Law This Week: OSHA Fines, ACA’s Contraception Opt-Out, Illegal Firing, Off-the-Clock Security Screenings [Video]

Episode 5, Week of November 16, 2015 - We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court...more

On The Road Again: Where Does Jurisdiction Lie for a Traveling Employee's Out of State Work Injury?

For companies that employ traveling employees, such as truck drivers, dealing with work injuries sustained by such employees can be challenging, because predicting which state will have jurisdiction over the employee's injury...more

Illinois Supreme Court Decision Bars Employee from Bringing a Direct Civil Action against Employer for Alleged Asbestos Exposure...

In Folta v. Ferro Engineering, Ill.S.Ct. Docket No. 118070, Nov. 4, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed an Illinois Appellate Court decision and held that a personal injury and subsequent wrongful death suit brought on...more

Horror Stories On Opt-Out and Workers’ Comp Laws Worse than Nevada’s Laws

Every year I attend a Larson Advisory Board luncheon scheduled during the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas. Advisory Board members are attorneys from various states who blog and...more

Labor Code § 2708 Presumption of Employer Negligence is Not Applicable Against Homeowners Who Hired Unlicensed Painting Company

In Vebr v. Culp (Filed 10/28/2015, No. G050730), the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of homeowners, where an employee of an unlicensed painting company was injured...more

Court Crushes Constitutional Challenge To Independent Medical Review

In Frances Stevens v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Outspoken Enterprises, Case: A143043 1st District, Division 1, the California Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of California Labor Code Section 4610.6...more

Opt-Out Workers’ Compensation Plans Could be a Beneficial Option

ProPublica and NPR recently published a comprehensive investigation into the rise of so called “opt-out” workers’ compensation plans in Texas and Oklahoma. Opt-out plans allow employers to provide state mandated benefits to...more

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