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The Absent Commissioner: After a hearing, who may render a decision on the claim?

Bentley v. Jonathan Piner Construction (NC Court of Appeals, 9/20/16) Plaintiff suffered a right eye injury on March 3, 2014, when working on a construction site.? Defendants denied the claim, arguing that plaintiff was...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Rejects Labor and Industry Review Commission's Worker's Compensation Determination as Unreasonable

Circuit courts and appellate courts commonly apply “great weight deference” to worker’s compensation benefit determinations made by the Labor and Industry Review Commission (“LIRC”), but not this time. In an unpublished...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division Rules on Application of Rule 1.1

In Nickerson v. Paul’s Marina, App. Div. Dec. No. 16-17, the employee was struck in the head with a beam on May 4, 2010. He reported the injury to a representative of the employer on May 7, 2010. Paul’s Marina contacted its...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

Maine Supreme Court Rules on Maximum Benefits Payable in the Context of More Than One Injury

In Freeman v. NewPage Corporation, 2016 ME 45 (March 31, 2016) the Law Court affirmed an ALJ’s decision that an employee could not be awarded benefits over the maximum compensation rate even if the employee has suffered more...more

Maine WC Board Rules on Apportionment in Context of Gradual Injury

In City of Portland v. Moses, WCB App. Div. 16-4 (February 22, 2016) the employee, a firefighter and EMT, alleged a gradual work injury from exposure to traumatic events in the course of employment. From 2002 until 2010 he...more

Maine WC Board Appellate Division Addresses Several Cases Dealing with the Application of the “Retirement Presumption”

Under the “retirement presumption” (Section 223 of the Act), an employee who terminates active employment and is receiving nondisability pension or retirement benefits is presumed not to have a loss of earnings as the result...more

Court sets aside portions of Oklahoma's new workers' comp law

It has been just over two years since Oklahoma’s completely overhauled workers’ compensation system went into effect. Since then, various provisions have come under attack by employees. Shortly after the effective date, the...more

Is Your Workers Compensation Program Unlawful?

A popular workers compensation insurance program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (Applied Underwriters) and California Insurance Company may be in trouble. On...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Rules on Compensability of Medical Marijuana; Appellate Division to Ultimately Rule on the Issue...

In December 2015 the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division heard oral argument in Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, WCB No. 89-01-36-55 (March 16, 2015), a case in which the ALJ found the cost of medical...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division to Rule on Compensability of Medical Marijuana

In December 2015 the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division will hear oral argument in Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, WCB No. 89-01-36-55 (March 16, 2015), a case in which the WCB found the cost of medical...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Alert: Maine WCB Appellate Board Rules Vocational Rehabilitation Presumption is Rebuttable

In Axelsen v. Interstate Brands Corp., App. Div. Dec. No. 15-27 (October 22, 2015) the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division found the presumption in section 217 of the Workers’ Compensation Act is rebuttable....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

Maine Workers’ Compensation Alert: Appellate Division Rules on Compensability of Home Renovations

Section 206 of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act provides: “An employee sustaining a personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment . . . is entitled to reasonable and proper medical, surgical and hospital...more

A Claim Is In the House: What To Do

Our clients take very seriously the legal duty to insure or self-insure for workers' compensation. In the wake of reportage that was critical of everybody involved in the noninsured phenomenon, employers are aware that civil...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

Merkens v. Federal - Injured Worker Who Failed To Challenge Termination Of Workers’ Comp Benefits In Industrial Commission Cannot...

The court of appeals affirmed. A workers’ compensation carrier can commit the tort of bad faith in two ways: (1) the intentional and unreasonable denial of a claim (“bad faith denial of benefits”); or (2) the intentional and...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

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

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Treasurer Needs an Appeal Bond to Challenge Workers Comp Award

Although Illinois courts are courts of general jurisdiction presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, this presumption doesn’t apply to workers’ compensation proceedings. Pursuant to Section 19(f)(2) of the Workers’...more

Does the Workers' Compensation Commission Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Claims for Referral Fees?

In the closing days of its May term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal from a decision of the Appellate Court for the Second District in Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito. Ferris,...more

Sports Law - Feb 25, 2014: Losing Streak: Athletes Seeking Workers’ Comp. In California Suffer Setbacks

Professional athletes seeking to take advantage of California’s historically beneficial workers’ compensation scheme suffered back-to-back defeats to close out 2013. Even as public attention to the long-term effects of...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Changes Labor Market Survey Rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may significantly change the ability of an employer to modify or suspend Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation benefits based on a Labor Market Survey. In...more

Australia’s High Court Denies Employee Worker’s Compensation Claim For Sex Injury

Ruling in a 4-2 decision[1], the Australian High Court denied a government employee worker’s compensation claim for an injury the employee sustained while having sex in a motel room during a business trip. The female...more

Case Comment: Penner v. Niagara (Regional Police Services Board), 2013 SCC 19: Did the SCC Flip Flop on Finality?

Can issues that have already been determined by an administrative tribunal in one forum be revisited in another forum? In its earlier decision in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v. Figliola, the S.C.C....more

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