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New Year, New Rules! 2015 Commission Guidelines

With the new year in full force, some of the Workers’ Compensation Commission guidelines have changed for 2015: - Mileage reimbursement for travel to and from authorized medical treatment has increased to 57.5 cents...more

California Employers Face Increased Liability When Using Staffing Agencies

A California state law that became effective January 1, 2015, substantially undermines the business decision to utilize temporary workers. A significant number of California employers who use temporary workers must now share...more

What is workers' compensation mediation?

Although an injury on the job can be inconvenient and frustrating to an Alabama employee, workers' compensation typically provides the coverage needed to obtain needed medical treatment. It also may provide payments for lost...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19037 - Brody v. Brody - In this multi-million dollar matrimonial dissolution action, the SCT took the opportunity to clarify Connecticut law on civil contempt. The court set aside prior Appellate precedent and held...more

Mileage Reimbursement Update

Effective January 1, 2015, the reimbursement rate for workers compensation related travel has been increased from $.56 per mile to $.575 per mile. Injured workers are eligible for mileage allowance under NAC 616C.150....more

Can you claim Social Security Disability as well as workers’ compensation?

Work-related injuries contribute to about 1 in 20 cases of disability, according to the Council for Disability Awareness. Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial support to Illinois workers who have suffered...more

Make Surveillance Worth the Money

A largely sedentary/stationary workforce is a luxury in the world of Workers’ Compensation law because the idea of a disabling work injury, or a nagging, high cost medical recovery period, seems to be a remote possibility. ...more

Connecting an illness to one’s employment

Not all work-related disability is caused by sudden accidents. Many Illinois workers are permanently or temporarily disabled every year by occupational illness. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than...more

Your “Independent Contractor” Clause Just Got a Little Less Relevant

Construction projects are complex, multi-partied, multi-disciplinary endeavors, in which subcontracting all or a portion of the work to be performed is not uncommon. When subcontracting work, parties usually make it...more

California Court Expands Going and Coming Rule

Craig Schultz was a drafter for a civilian company that had several buildings located on a large U.S. Air Force base. He drove his personal vehicle onto the base, and was permitted to travel around the base and use military...more

Good News on Hearing Loss Treatment

I’ve got good news and bad news about occupational hearing loss. First the bad news about occupational hearing loss claims: - It can be hard to prove that the hearing loss was caused by a work accident or by an...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions yesterday, its first term for 2015. This term resulted in cases which, in various ways, deal with the authority of government entities (Workers Compensation...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Whether Treasurer Needs Appellate Bond

Although Illinois courts are generally presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, that rule doesn’t apply when it comes time to review a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Commission. In order to initiate judicial...more

Petitions for Judicial Review in Nevada

The most important hearing  on a contested workers’ compensation case in Nevada is the one before the  the appeals officer, because that  hearing is recorded, it is the last avenue for presenting witnesses or documentary...more

Is An Injury Sustained by an Employee While Participating in a Workplace Wellness Program Compensable Under the Workers'...

With the new year upon us, chances are that your employees are making those age old resolutions to lose weight, get fit, and exercise more. And, if you sponsor or offer an employee wellness program, your employees might be...more

Court says immigration status does not influence workers’ compensation eligibility

Illinois workers’ compensation law is designed to help all workers who are injured or become ill on the job, regardless of immigration status. Each employer in the state is required to carry appropriate compensation...more

Your Privacy and Medical Authorization Releases

Some third-party administrators of Nevada workers’ compensation claims routinely send injured workers their own medical release forms which give the adjuster authorization to request any and all medical records from any...more

Workers' Comp. Alert: Going And Coming Rule Again Narrowed

The California Court of Appeal addressed the scope of the Going And Coming Rule in its decision, Craig Schultz v. WCAB and Joint Test Tactics and Training (JT3), 2015 S.O.S. 99, January 6, 2015....more

New Strict Liability for Subcontracted Labor - A.B. 1897

Businesses that use workers supplied by other companies (such as staffing agencies) are now directly responsible for paying wages and providing valid workers’ compensation insurance to those workers. On September 28, 2014,...more

Federal Workers’ Compensation

I do not practice federal workers’ compensation law, but recently met an excellent attorney at a national work comp conference who does handle these cases. As he explains in his guest post below, while you may live in...more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Hearing Officer's Decision to Suspend Workers' Compensation Benefits to...

In Johnson v. Home Depot USA, Inc., 2014 ME 140 (December 11, 2014), the Law Court held that deference will be afforded to Workers' Compensation Board Hearing Officers to fashion appropriate remedies in unique...more

Post-traumatic stress disorder common in police officers

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, working as a full-time law enforcement officer in the American inner city can be as traumatic as combat service in the military. More than 600 police...more

OSHA Regulations on Reporting Fatalities and Serious Injuries in Nevada

New OSHA regulations go into effect the first of this year that increase the reporting requirements for employers of more than 10 employees of work-related serious injuries. The December 22, 2014 article in theLas Vegas ...more

Seeking workers’ compensation in Illinois for mental health conditions

Not all employment-related injuries are physical. Stress, violence and other workplace traumas can cause mental health conditions that may render an employee unable to work. Although these injuries may not be as obvious as a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Workers' Comp Commission and Attorneys' Fees

Does the Workers’ Compensation Commission have exclusive jurisdiction over a plaintiff’s claim for breach of an agreement to pay referral fees in connection with two workers’ compensation cases? That’s the question the...more

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