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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

Recent Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act give WorkSafeBC Enhanced Compliance Powers

Recent changes to the Workers Compensation Act in British Columbia (the Act) significantly enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to enforce occupational health and safety compliance. These include...more

Employee Assigned to Charlotte Operation But Working in South Carolina Cannot File North Carolina Comp Claim

Employers in cities like Charlotte that straddle state lines sometimes face interesting questions about the applicability of which state’s laws to their employment decisions. An employee may live in South Carolina, commute to...more

Workers' Compensation Update Impairment Rating Evaluations

Last Friday, September 18, the Commonwealth Court issued an interesting decision invalidating Section 306 (a.2) of the PA Workers' Compensation Act dealing with Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs), as an unconstitutional...more

NLRB Says Arbitration Agreement Without Carve-Out for Unfair Labor Charges Violates Federal Labor Law

Last week’s EmployNews reported on efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to attack employer-prepared releases because they supposedly do not contain adequate assurances that their terms do not prevent...more

Shame on DIR-Lame response to petition

I wish I could say I’m surprised by the lame response by DIR (Division of Industrial Relations) to the Petition I filed in July for DIR to do its job and have an actuary review the discount rate used to convert permanent...more

When Going to Work is Work: McMorris v. New Haven and the Workers’ Compensation Act

Generally speaking, our workers’ compensation laws provide certain benefits for injuries arising out of or in the course of employment. Certain employees (police officers and firefighters) are referred to as “portal to...more

A Surprising Holding by the Tennessee Supreme Court Regarding Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claims

On Friday, the Tennessee Supreme Court held in Yardley v. Hospital Housekeeping Systems that applicants are not eligible as a matter of law to assert "failure to hire" claims based on even the admitted fact that the reason...more

Zurich Insurance Decision Underscores Need for Caution in Regulatory Compliance

A recent trial court decision in the Federal District Court demonstrates the importance of taking a conservative approach to regulatory compliance. Zurich Insurance v. Country Villa Service Corp involved esoteric questions...more

New Jersey Superior Court Has Concurrent Jurisdiction to Decide Employment Status Under Workers’ Compensation Act, New Jersey...

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that the Superior Court of New Jersey has concurrent jurisdiction with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation to adjudicate a worker’s employment status for purposes of...more

First Formal Bullying Finding Highlights Scope of Potential Orders

The Fair Work Commission has handed down the first formal bullying decision since its anti-bullying jurisdiction commenced in January 2014. Factual background: The recent decision of C.F. [2015] FWC 5272 (5...more

25 Years of the ADA: Five Tips for ADA Compliance

Last week – July 26, 2015, to be precise – marked the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The anniversary kicked off celebrations of, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, the...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Employment Laws (Updated)

EMPLOYMENT LAWS - TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT - Terms and conditions of work performed by employees in New Zealand are governed by: • Legislation governing employment terms and working conditions,...more

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

Supremes Tell States Gay Marriage is Legal

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws the prohibit gay marriage in Obergfell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015), First, the Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage...more

9th Circuit Throws Lifebuoy to California Drowning In Workers’ Compensation Liens

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit resuscitated a contentious provision of California’s SB 863. In a unanimous decision on June 29, 2015, the court in Angelotti Chiropractic, Inc. v. Christine Baker, et...more

Nonprofit Volunteers: We’ll work for free … unless we get hurt

If your company is a nonprofit or has a nonprofit foundation, are you covered if something happens to your volunteers while they’re engaged in service to your organization? The concern is real. There were 287 fatal...more

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