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General Contractors' Workers' Compensation Plan Bars Personal Injury Claims Against Subcontractor

by Jones Day on

On July 13, 2017, Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 2017 WL 2986856, reversed a $43.5 million jury verdict for a superintendent who lost a leg after a crane collapsed at a...more

Employment Law This Week®: DOL’s RFI on Overtime Rule, NLRA Doesn’t Preempt NYSHRL, SF’s Salary History Law, Pregnant Workers...

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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 decisions, and new developments that...more

Employment Law This Week®: Social Media and Solicitation, Washington State’s New Leave Law, Joint-Employer Legislation,...

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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 decisions, and new developments that...more

Recent Change in Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law Affects the Rights of Employees Injured in Automobile Accidents

This month, a new law went into effect which will help protect Ohio employers who frequently send their employees on the road. Prior to July 1, 2017, if an employee was injured in a motor vehicle accident during the course...more

Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in...more

Be Careful When Firing an Employee Who Is Out On Workers’ Compensation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Handling workers’ compensation claims can present a number of challenges, such as determining whether an injury is work-related and evaluating back-to-work accommodation requests. Another challenge arises when you consider...more

A Seemingly Important Win for Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Insurance Carriers and Employers

by Ruder Ware on

On its face the decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Flug v. LIRC, 2017 WI 72 (decided on June 30, 2017), is a clear, important win for the employer side in common injuries that involve pre-existing degenerative...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision in Protz Marks Major Change in Workers’ Compensation Law

Prior to June 20, 2017, a powerful tool was available to employers and workers’ compensation carriers to cap exposure on long term workers’ compensation claims. That tool, provided by the Act 44 amendments in 1996, was...more

Legal Alert: A New Opinion in Clemmons v. Lowe’s Home Center and the Law of Unintended Consequences

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

The Supreme Court withdrew its opinion in Clemmons v. Lowe’s Home Center and replaced it with a new opinion. The Court removed the language regarding the fact that Clemmons was actually working at the time of the hearing and,...more

Court Orders Retreat From Workers’ Compensation Apportionment To Non-industrial Causes

Workers’ compensation litigation often is driven by disagreement over the apportionment of permanent disability. A vast body of case law exists reflecting the courts’ efforts to resolve conflicts between the provisions of the...more

IREs Held as Unconstitutional in Workers’ Compensation Cases

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week drastically altered the landscape for workers’ compensation carriers and created future uncertainties when it struck down aspects of the Workers’ Compensation Act....more

Impairment Rating Evaluations Declared Unconstitutional

Over 20 years after Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, employers will no longer be able to limit partial disability benefits to 500 weeks based on an Impairment Rating Evaluation...more

The End of the IRE Process (as we know it)

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Pennsylvania, like many other states, has a statutory section of its Workers’ Compensation law that is devoted to the designation of an impairment rating for an injured worker who is collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits....more

Employment Law This Week®: Federal Decision on Website Accessibility, Mandatory Class Action Waivers, Sexual Harassment Case...

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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 decisions, and new developments that...more

Commission Adopts Administrative Order to Implement Electronic Payment of Compensation

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

At the June 19, 2017 Business Meeting of the Full South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Commissioners adopted an administrative Order pending changes to the regulations of the Commission to implement the option...more

Employment Law This Week: NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rules, Layoff Doesn’t Violate FMLA, Plans Exempt from ERISA, Amended...

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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 decisions, and new developments that...more

Employment Law This Week: Joint-Employer Guidance Rescinded, NYC’s “Fair Workweek” Bills, ADA and Gender Dysphoria, Philadelphia’s...

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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 decisions, and new developments that...more

Maine WC Appellate Division Places Burden on Employee to Prove Unavailability of Generic Prescription Drugs

by PretiFlaherty on

In Belanger v. Miles Memorial Hospital, Me. WCB App. Div. No. 17-23 (May 25, 2017), Miles Memorial Hospital appealed from a decision of an ALJ granting, among other things, an employee’s Petition for Payment of Medical and...more

Last Regular Session Day of Connecticut Legislature: Where We Stand

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Today is the last day of the Connecticut General Assembly regular session. So it’s a good time to take a look at some of the bills pending or passed. ...more

New York Issues Updated Regulations to Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

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On May 24, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB”) published updated regulations (“Updated Regulations”) to the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”), which, as we previously reported, becomes...more

Court: Temps May Not be “Employees” Under Workers Compensation Law, Allowing Lawsuit

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

As I continue to work on a major redesign and relaunch that I hope (!) to roll out by month’s end which has held up some blog posts, my colleague Gary Starr returns this morning with a new post regarding a recent Connecticut...more

Court Finds No Bar On Rescinding Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Even After Filing of Claim

In Southern Ins. Co. v. WCAB (No. B278412, filed 5/10/17), a California appeals court, reversing a workers’ compensation arbitrator’s decision, held that a workers’ compensation policy can be rescinded for material...more

Ohio House Of Representatives Passes Bill Removing Workers' Compensation Benefits For Unauthorized Aliens; Reduces Time To File...

by Roetzel & Andress on

The House of Representatives passed House Bill 27 (HB 27) to provide for a $566.5 million workers’ compensation budget over the next two years....more

Unemployment Benefits Cannot Be Denied Based on Eight Cash Transaction Inadvertent Errors Out of 80,000 Transactions in a 21-Month...

by Ruder Ware on

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has interpreted the meaning of “substantial fault” in an unemployment insurance case, which will be applicable in worker’s compensation cases, as well. The case is Operton v. Labor and Industry...more

Employment Law This Week®: California’s “Day of Rest” Provisions, Title VII Claim Revived, Joint-Employer Ruling, New Georgia...

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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 decisions, and new developments that...more

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