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Workers' Compensation and Truck Drivers: Occupational Accident policies

If you are an independent contractor you may still file a good claim for workers' compensation in North Carolina. Our workers' compensation law has a clear exception to the general rule against independent contractors....more

Workers' Compensation and Truck Drivers: Independent contracts and employees

Ordinarily only employers with three or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Independent contractors are not covered by the workers' compensation laws. However in an exception carved out just...more

Employers Should Not Just Be Bold, But Smart, When Dealing With Ebola

Tensions are high concerning the potential spread of the Ebola virus disease in the U.S., fueled by the confirmation of new infections, around-the-clock news reports on potential calamities and our natural, and seemingly...more

Violation of OSHA Standards Now More Costly in Wisconsin

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved its first case of the year. It affirmed, by an equally divided court, the published opinion of the court of appeals in Sohn v. LIRC, 350 Wis. 2d 469. The Wisconsin Court of...more

Washington Supreme Court Ratifies Employer Immunity for Asbestos Exposure

The Washington Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer defending an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former employee. In Walston v. Boeing Co., No. 88511-7 (September 18, 2014), the Supreme...more

Filing a claim after a workplace injury occurs

An employee may be eligible for workers' compensation after a work-related accident but must first file a claim. Under the Alabama workers' compensation law, a worker can file a claim by notifying an employer of an injury or...more

New Law Puts California Businesses On The Hook For Wage And Workers’ Compensation Claims By Temporary Workers Employed By Staffing...

A new law exposes California businesses to potential liability for claims by temporary workers. On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1897, which created California Labor Code § 2810.3. The new law requires...more

Village of Posen’s Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an...more

Construction Case Law Update - October 2014

Applying the Ameris factors, the Middle District of Florida abstained from and dismissed indemnitor’s declaratory judgment action to determine indemnity provision’s (1) scope, (2) duty to defend against third-party...more

Owner/developer was not responsible for civil damages sustained in a workplace incident 20 years ago

Over 20 years after a workplace incident that seriously injured a worker, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has dismissed the worker’s civil action against a developer. The worker had been working on a rooftop of a...more

Workers' Compensation: Advantages of Self-Insurance

Employers in Pennsylvania can often benefit from self-insuring their workers' compensation plan, rather than simply opting for carrier based coverage year after year. The advantages of self-insurance include the following...more

California Legislative Update: September 2014

In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) - On...more

New California Law Imposes Liability On Companies Where Labor Contractors Fail To Pay Wages Or Provide Workers’ Compensation...

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1897 (D-Hernandez), which imposes liability on companies who use subcontracted temporary labor if the temp company fails to pay wages or...more

Nevada Fire Fighters Have Special Work Comp Laws

Special Work Comp Laws Applicable to Fire Fighters - A. Contagious diseases - Exposure to contagious diseases while providing medical care at work is considered an injury by accident. NRS 616A.265 (2); testing...more

What types of workers’ compensation are there in Illinois?

According to records kept by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 905,700 American workers had to miss one or more days of work in 2012 because of a job-related injury. Injured workers in Illinois have the right to collect...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 3: Recap of Cases Affecting Wisconsin Businesses

This post is the third in a series of posts analyzing the 2013-14 term of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This post provides in a nutshell what businesses need to know about the cases from last year’s term of the...more

Airline workers and layover injuries

The most dangerous part of an airline worker’s job often takes place on the ground, not in the air. While American aviation is safer than ever, many airline employees, especially pilots and flight attendants, lead highly...more

Recent Changes to California Laws - the Healthcare Perspective

Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Professional Athletes - AB 1309; Labor Code §3600.5 - The efforts made by professional athletes seeking workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that they sustained on the...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

Despite Having WSIB Coverage, Worker Permitted to Sue “Physically Demonstrative” Executive Officer who “Massaged” her Neck

Physically demonstrative managers beware: your company’s workers compensation coverage does not necessarily protect you from lawsuits by employees. Even though her employer had Workplace Safety and Insurance Board...more

Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Recommends That Plaintiff’s Claims Be Barred in Their Entirety by Application of the Doctrine of...

In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel, a Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation granting an individual disability insurer summary judgment on an insured’s claims...more

Can I see my own doctor for a work-related injury?

According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, workers’ compensation benefits represent a valuable safety net for Illinois workers who incur injuries on the job. However, for many such beneficiaries, having the...more

Be Global - September 2014 (Global Labor & Employment)

Highlights: Australia: No implied term of mutual trust and confidence in Australian employment contracts - In a welcome development for employers, the High Court of Australia has handed down a landmark decision that...more

Autoimmune diseases and workers’ compensation

Many people in Illinois, and throughout the United States, suffer from autoimmune diseases. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, approximately one in five people in the U.S. suffer from an...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions Friday morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term resulted in two both...more

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