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Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division Updates

Handicapped-accessible housing as a "physical aid" under 39-A M.R.S. § 206(8) - In Chapman v. VIP, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 14-9 (March 10, 2014), at issue was the payment of rent premium due to an asserted need for...more

Employer’s Notice Of Controversion (LS-207) Does Not Eviscerate Holding Of Andrepont

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Lincoln v. Director OWCP (Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc.) No. 13-1594 (March 11, 2014), was recently asked to address the effect of the employer filing a notice of...more

Pennsylvania Effectively Eliminates Workers’ Compensation Act as Source of Protection for Employers from Suits Arising Out of...

On January 29, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied defendants’ Petition for Reargument of the Court’s November 22, 2013, ruling in Tooey v. AK Steel Corp. et al. The ruling held that the Pennsylvania Workers’...more

The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of December 23

AC34963 - Compassionate Care, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. - The plaintiff was in the business of maintaining a list of nurses it referred out, as needed, to hospitals and nursing homes. It did background checks on...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

PA Supreme Court Allows Certain Mesothelioma Claimants to Sue Their Employer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a ground-breaking decision that could potentially expose employers to a wave of new lawsuits by former employees suffering from mesothelioma. In its November 22, 2013 opinion in...more

Third Party Administrator Update - Volume 2, 2013

In This Issue: - Nevada Begins Audits of TPAs - Insurers Challenge Requirement to Use Social Security Death Master File - ACLI Files Lawsuit Regarding Prohibition on Offshoring - Tennessee Modifies...more

Post-Accident Investigation Reports: Protecting Work Product

A workplace accident causes injury. In-house legal counsel edits the resulting post-accident investigation report and labels it “prepared in anticipation of litigation.” Many would assume without question that the report is...more

The Further Adventures Of The Fifth Circuit And The LHWCA Jurisdiction Test

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in BPU Management, Inc. v DOWCP (Donald Morgan) again addressed jurisdictional coverage under The Longshore and Harbor Workers’...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Limits on Workers' Comp "Traveling Employee" Exception

The Illinois Supreme Court’s first term in Chicago ends tomorrow morning with a busy docket of five civil arguments: Venture-Newberg Perini Stone and Webster v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; Schultz v....more

Illinois Supreme Court Extends Mailbox Rule to Judicial Review of Workers' Comp Commission

Last week, in a case which had attracted nationwide interest in the workers' compensation bar, a divided Illinois Supreme Court extended the mailbox rule to the process of initiating judicial review of decisions of the...more

Are Union Members Who Travel to Reach a Distant Job Site "Traveling Employees" Under Workers Comp?

In the final days of the May term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed petitions for leave to appeal in five new civil cases. Our preview of the new cases concludes with Venture-Newberg Perini Stone & Webster v. Illinois...more

Best Practices in Employment Law 2013: An Update for Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals

In This Presentation: - DEFENDING AGAINST WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RETALIATION CLAIMS - EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT CLASSIFICATION ISSUES UNDER FLSA - AGE DISCRIMINATION OVERVIEW - THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY IN...more

$1 Billion Workers' Comp Refund For Ohio Employers

On May 2, 2013 Gov. John Kasich proposed a workers’ compensation rebate for Ohio’s 210,000 public and private employers. The rebate could amount to as much as $1 billion. The announcement was made at a press conference at...more

Argument Report: Will the Mailbox Rule Be Extended to Workers' Comp Administrative Review?

The mailbox rule applies to filing an appeal from an arbitrator to the Workers Compensation Commission. Norris v. Industrial Commission. And it applies to filing an appeal from the Circuit Court's order on administrative...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Consider If Mailbox Rule Applies to Administrative Appeal From Workers Comp Commission

Our preview of the civil cases to be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court during the upcoming January term concludes with Gruszeczka v. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Gruszeczka poses an important question:...more

Why Workers' Comp Decision Could Benefit Employers

Originally published in Business Courier on December 14, 2012 All Ohio employers who are covered by the state insurance fund for workers’ compensation purposes could be impacted by an upcoming decision from the Court...more

Argument Report: What Happens When a Workers' Comp Excess Insurer Goes Bankrupt?

Our reports on the civil oral arguments of the Illinois Supreme Court's November term continue with Skokie Castings, Inc. v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund. ...more

When Is a Workers Comp Claim Not a Workers Comp Claim?

Our preview of the civil cases on the Illinois Supreme Court's November oral argument docket continues with Skokie Castings, Inc. v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund. ...more

Retail Industry Update - December 2011, No. 4: “I’ll Get You For This” - Avoiding Charges Of Workers’ Comp Retaliation By Ed...

In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld a jury’s decision that a package delivery company had retaliated against one of its workers for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Fortunately for the...more

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