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Workers’ Compensation Mediation – What Employers Need to Know

The costs of civil litigation, and uncertainties of a jury trial, have turned mediation into its own cottage industry. Now more than ever, parties involved in civil suits will voluntarily agree to mediate the dispute, with...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Employer Liability on Obvious Risk in Workplace Injuries

It's not too often that we hear of an employer being able to escape liability for a workplace injury, where the injury does, in fact, happen to an employee and it happens in the workplace. Below, we'll discuss a case where an...more

California Insurance-Related Bills Meet Deadline for Passage in 2015

The deadline for Assembly bills to be passed by the California Assembly and for Senate bills to be passed by the California Senate was June 5. Bills that met the deadline are eligible for enactment this year. Bills that...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

Timing and Consistency in Employee Discipline

A recent case decided by the Connecticut Appellate Court illustrates the importance of timing and consistency in administering employee discipline. In Barbee v. Sysco Connecticut, LLC, an opinion released on April 28, 2015,...more

Playing The Workers Compensation Game In Texas

Who needs workers compensation coverage? If you are a business owner in Texas, maybe not you. Texas is one of the few states that allows business owners to opt out of carrying workers compensation insurance coverage for its...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Treasurer Needs Appeal Bond Too

Earlier this month, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court held in Illinois State Treasurer v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission that the State Treasurer, when appealing a workers’ compensation award in a case where he...more

Sorry, Honey! What's Mine is Not Yours.

In Iowa, an employer directs medical care in an accepted workplace injury and may lawfully deny treatment unrelated to the injury. In a recent case, Hoyt v. Wendling Quarries and United Heartland, treatment was found...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

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

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

Polsinelli Podcasts - Safely Navigating the ADA, FMLA & Worker's Compensation Laws [Video]

Polsinelli Podcast to preview the firm's complimentary 2014 Labor and Employment Webinar Series with Employment Law attorney Gillian MKean Bidgood. The Employment Law Bermuda Triangle – Safely Navigating the Confluence of...more

U.S. District Court Judge Bars Plaintiff’s Individual Disability Claims in Their Entirety by Application of the Doctrine of...

In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel, a judge adopted the Report and Recommendation of her magistrate judge and granted an individual disability insurer summary judgment on its...more

When a Win is Not a Win- Stay Orders

If an injured worker in Nevada successfully convinces a hearing officer to reverse an adjuster's action on a claim, the insurer and/or the employer has the right to file an appeal to an appeals officer. The insurer or...more

South Carolina Supreme Court Finds Workers' Compensation Covers Employee's Injuries Suffered During Kickball Game

Employers seeking to boost employee morale and encourage team building often encourage or require their employees to attend company outings ranging from annual company picnics to softball games. Although companies intend for...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2014

"Unauthorized Alien" Who Provided False SSN Can Proceed With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - Salas v. Sierra Chem. Co., 2014 WL 2883878 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) Vicente Salas worked on Sierra Chemical's production...more

Potential Employer Liability for Late Manifesting Occupational Diseases [Video]

In November 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shifted from prior precedent and held in Tooey et al. v. AK Steel Corp. that former employees may bring lawsuits against their former employers based upon certain late...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Allows Termination of TTD Benefits on General Economic Conditions

Employees injured on the job who are terminated by their employer are generally entitled to collect temporary total disability (TTD) benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act until they are able to locate suitable...more

Supreme Court denies chronic stress WCB claim after employee reacted to disciplinary letter

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied an employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits for “chronic stress” which he said resulted from a disciplinary letter that followed years of conflict over another workplace...more

Missouri Supreme Court Abandons Exclusive Causation Requirement for Worker’s Compensation Retaliatory Discharge Claims

In Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., -- S.W.3d -- , (Mo. 2014), No. SC93132, 2014 WL 1464574, the Missouri Supreme Court threw out its long-held interpretation of section 287.780, RSMo requiring a plaintiff in a worker’s...more

Employers Beware: Missouri Supreme Court Heightens the Risk of Dismissing Employees Who Filed Workers Compensation Claims

The Missouri Supreme Court recently overruled the long-standing “exclusive” causation standard for worker’s compensation retaliation claims and held that an employee only needs to demonstrate that filing a worker’s...more

Missouri Supreme Court Lowers Burden of Proof For Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

The Missouri Supreme Court has issued a decision that significantly lowers the burden of proof for employee claims of workers’ compensation retaliation under the law. Under the new standard announced in Templemire v. W&M...more

Subrogation Alert - Hodges v. Federal-Mogul Corporation

A recently-published decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia should be expected to have an immediate impact on the use of expert testimony in subrogation cases in that region. The case,...more

Court of Appeals Upholds Commission’s Order that Claimant Suffered No Change of Condition

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission’s decision that a Claimant suffered no change of condition in Carter v. Verizon Wireless (Op. No. 5191, refiled April 16,...more

Missouri Supreme Court Lowers Employees’ Burden Of Proof In Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

The Missouri Supreme Court expanded rights for injured workers on April 15, 2014, by virtue of its ruling in Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., No. SC 93132. Under the court’s new standard, a discharged employee alleging...more

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