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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

California Court of Appeal Reaffirms Hurdles to Overcoming Rating Presumption

In Contra Cost County v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and Dahl, Case No. A141046 [WCAB No. ADJ1310387], filed September 24, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, annulled a Workers’...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

Could Virginia shooting happen at your workplace?

One of the first reactions to surface after reading about unthinkable workplace violence, such as the recent Virginia news station shooting, is, “that’s awful, but something like that could never happen here…” Perhaps it...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19359 - Persels & Associates, LLC v. Banking Commissioner - Noting that it has generally been the policy of the Courts to defer to the Legislature, especially as to the...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

Health Alert (Australia) - September 7, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Australia. High Court 2 September 2015 - AstraZeneca AB v Apotex Pty Ltd AstraZeneca AB v Watson...more

South Carolina has a New Medical Services Provider Manual for the First Time in Five Years!

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission publishes two sets of policy and procedure manuals, commonly referred to as fee schedules, for the cost of providing medical care to injured workers. One schedule is for...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

Party Waived Untimely Defense To Arbitration, Notwithstanding Party’s Claim That Counsel Committed Malpractice

The court confirmed an arbitration decision awarding damages in favor of workers compensation insurers against various insured employee-staffing companies. One of the defendant companies contended that it never executed the...more

Commonwealth Court Expands the Scope of Good Samaritan Amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act

In 2003, the Pennsylvania General Assembly amended Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to expand the definition of the word “employee” to include employees who, while in the course and scope of their employment,...more

Do Contract Workers Qualify for Workers’ Comp Claims?

American workers increasingly labor away in an independent contractor environment. Much controversy surrounds this, largely due to often-diminished compensation and the union-busting nature of how it is implemented. In San...more

DIR Conference Oriented Toward Insurers

The fifth annual Division of Industrial Relations Workers’ Compensation conference, held on August 19 and 20, 2015, was attended mostly by people servicing employers , insurers,  and third-party administrators in the workers’...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

Getting benefits after you win your case

I have a lot of information on my website, blog posts, and Youtube videos for those injured workers in Nevada who want to represent themselves at hearings.  But it appears that I haven’t addressed an important topic for those...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

Where Does an Airline Employee File a Workers’ Comp Claim if an Injury Occurred While Traveling?

Turbulence in flight might make passengers nervous. But for flight attendants, it can be the cause of serious injury that may ground them for months or years, sometimes ending their careers. A survey of accidents by...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

Would a Contagious Disease Contracted at Work Qualify for Workers’ Comp in Illinois?

The Ebola scare of 2014 alerted many workers to the worries of contagious and sometimes deadly diseases present in healthcare facilities. This was of greatest concern to emergency medical technicians – ambulance personnel –...more

When Are Work Injuries Sufficient to Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

In Illinois, there is some uncertainty for the future of workers’ compensation claims due to efforts by the new governor to toughen requirements for workers to prove they are eligible for benefits. The state legislature is...more

Do Contract Workers Qualify for Workers’ Comp Claims?

Non-employees working on a company site are covered for workplace-related claims. But it’s important to seek medical care from the employer’s provider. American workers increasingly labor away in an independent...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

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