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“Videoday” beim 8. Senat des BAG

Die Entscheidungen des 8. Senats des BAG zur heimlichen Videoüberwachung einer (vermeintlich) krankfeiernden Arbeitnehmerin (BAG v. 19.02.2015 – 8 AZR 1007/13) und zur Nutzung eines Imagefilms, in dem ein Ex-Arbeitnehmer als...more

Can you lose your SSD benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits are only awarded to people who suffer from long-term disabling conditions and, as a result, cannot work gainfully....more

Blindness and SSD benefits

Blind individuals in Illinois face myriad daily challenges, including supporting themselves financially. Blindness introduces unique medical expenses and often prevents gainful employment. ...more

Due Process Requires the Right to Cross-Examine a Workers' Compensation Applicant

On January 29, 2015, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, ordered the publication of Ogden Entertainment Services v. WCAB (Ritzhoff), (B254082), previously a non-certified opinion that issued on December 31, 2014....more

Common errors found on Social Security Disability applications

Most people in Illinois know that the Social Security Disability denial rate is high. Unfortunately, lack of a legitimate disability is not always the reason for claim denial. Instead, denials often occur because of mistakes...more

WSIB Age Cut-off for Loss-of-Earnings Benefits not Discriminatory Against Older Workers: Court

Ontario’s Divisional Court has decided that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act’s age cut-off for loss of earnings benefits for older workers did not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms....more

Who is “Disabled” under ABLE?

The recently-enacted federal ABLE statute provides a long-awaited vehicle for tax-exempt investing to meet future disability-related expenses of disabled individuals. Although new Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code is...more

ERISA: 8th Circuit: Choice-Of-Law Provision Trumps Insurance Regulation Banning Discretionary Review

You already know that when a claimant brings suit alleging wrongful denial of ERISA-governed disability benefits, the first issue the court looks at is: what standard of review applies. If the plan or policy includes...more

Senate Approves QCD Tax Extender and ABLE Accounts – President Approval Expected Shortly

In two earlier blog posts we mentioned that the House had passed one bill to extend a number of tax breaks and had passed another bill, the ABLE Act, which would provide added benefits to individuals with disabilities....more

Financial Services Regulatory Bulletin - December 2014

In this issue: - CFPB Issues Final Rule on Regulation P: Annual Privacy Notices Can Be Delivered By Posting Online - ‘It Takes Hutzpah!’: D.C. Federal Judge Issues Stunning Rebuke of HUD Disparate Impact Rule...more

Increase Your Chances for Success: Preparing Your Form 24 Application

Whether to file a Form 24 Application is a decision based on the specific facts of each case. Once the decision is made to file a Form 24 Application, it is vital to properly prepare the Form 24 Application to ensure the...more

When is Filing a Form 24 Application Proper?

In North Carolina, if defendants are paying TTD benefits and have not timely and properly denied the compensability of the injured employee’s claim on a Form 61, or if the injured employee has not voluntarily returned to...more

Does a Request for Disability Benefits Qualify as a Request for an Accommodation of Leave Under the ADA?

Last month, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals answered this question in the negative and found that an employee’s request for long-term disability benefits did not amount to a request for a reasonable accommodation in the...more

Going Back To Work

The answer to this question depends on the circumstances you find yourself in. For some people, it makes absolute sense to go back to work. For others, going back to work exposes them to a very high chance that they’ll be...more

Taking A New Job

As with almost everything related to the law, an answer to a general question like this really depends on what’s going on in your case. Maybe you should. Maybe you shouldn’t. What we’re going to do here is talk about some...more

Additional Leave May Be Required Under ADA Even if Maximum Leave Is Exhausted

In Casteel v. Charter Communications, Inc., No. C13-5520 RJB (W.D. Wash. Oct. 23, 2014), a federal judge in Western Washington denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on a failure-to-accommodate claim under the...more

High Court Rejects “Dual Purpose” Doctrine for Workers’ Compensation Claims

A home health nurse was employed to provide in-home health care services to her employer’s clients. On a typical day, she traveled from one patient’s home to another in her personal vehicle. When working weekends, she was...more

An Employer Who Didn't Bother To Get Workers' Compensation Insurance

When an injured employee discovered his employer, Hilton Head Housecare, didn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, the North Carolina Industrial Commission fined the company and owner, ordered them to pay the employee the...more

What You Have To Do To Get More Disability After Your Case Closed

You may be entitled to additional disability compensation, even if the adjuster is telling you that your case is closed, if you can show two things. First, you have to show that you have a compensable case that you haven’t...more

Just Because You Hurt Isn't Enough To Establish You're Entitled To Benefits

As we’ve discussed, you have to prove that you’ve been injured as a result of your work-related accident to get medical treatment for that injury. One of the common misconceptions that can arise out of workers’ comp claims...more

Getting More Treatment

A lot of times we’ll get calls from injured workers saying that the adjuster has told them their case has been closed and they can’t get anymore treatment or disability benefits. Sometimes, the adjuster’s right. But a lot...more

Concurrent Causation from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

Facts and holding: Rita Kruk (“Kruk”), a Human Resources Specialist, was a participant in an ERISA plan provided through her employment that provided disability benefits. Kruk’s Plan stated that if a disability was due to a...more

You Should Know - October 2014

In This Issue: - Veterans Still Waiting - Five Errors to Avoid - Readers on Seventh Amendment - Excerpt from Five Common Errors to Avoid When Filing Claims: Backlog Improves, But Vets Still Struggle for...more

When a Parent Retires, a Child with Disabilities Could Qualify for SSDI

When the parent of an adult with disabilities retires, the child may qualify for federal disability benefits, even if the child has never worked. This benefit, known as the Disabled Adult Child program, allows the...more

One Big Issue That Can Endanger Your Child’s Special Needs Trust

One of the major reasons to create and fund a special needs trust for your disabled child is so that your child can still receive means-tested government benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and...more

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