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California Employment Law Notes - November 2017

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Statewide "Ban-the-Box" Legislation - Known as "Ban-the-Box" legislation in reference to the box applicants are asked to check if they have any prior criminal convictions, the new...more

Appellate Division to Revisit (for a Second Time) the Issue of Refusal of Suitable Work in St. Louis V. Acadia Hospital

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In St. Louis v. Acadia Hospital Corp., WCB No. 10002460 (April 14, 2017), the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board issued a decision dated March 4, 2015, finding the Employee had not refused an offer of suitable work and awarded...more

Appellate Division Reverses Decision Supporting Causation Based on Speculative Medical Evidence

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Generally speaking, the petitioning party bears the burden of persuasion to establish all elements of a claim on a more probably than not basis. Fernald v. Dexter Shoe Co., 670 A.3d 1382 (Me. 1996)....more

New Legislation Provides for Right to Benefits to Employees Participating in Vocational Rehabilitation, Limited Exceptions for...

by PretiFlaherty on

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Act provides, “[w]hen as a result of injury the employee is unable to perform work for which the employee has previous training or experience, the employee is entitled to such employment...more

Appellate Division Revisits Retirement Presumption in Various Contexts

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Under the “retirement presumption” (§ 223 of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act), an employee who terminates active employment and is receiving nondisability pension or retirement benefits is presumed not to have a loss of...more

How Utah evaluates a worker’s entitlement to PTD benefits

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Have you ever thought about how the word “limit” de­fines our perceptions of and interactions with the world around us? The concept of a “limit” engenders thoughts of a bound­ary, an edge, or an end. When we say something is...more

General Contractors' Workers' Compensation Plan Bars Personal Injury Claims Against Subcontractor

by Jones Day on

On July 13, 2017, Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 2017 WL 2986856, reversed a $43.5 million jury verdict for a superintendent who lost a leg after a crane collapsed at a...more

Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in...more

A Seemingly Important Win for Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Insurance Carriers and Employers

by Ruder Ware on

On its face the decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Flug v. LIRC, 2017 WI 72 (decided on June 30, 2017), is a clear, important win for the employer side in common injuries that involve pre-existing degenerative...more

Court Orders Retreat From Workers’ Compensation Apportionment To Non-industrial Causes

Workers’ compensation litigation often is driven by disagreement over the apportionment of permanent disability. A vast body of case law exists reflecting the courts’ efforts to resolve conflicts between the provisions of the...more

Impairment Rating Evaluations Declared Unconstitutional

Over 20 years after Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, employers will no longer be able to limit partial disability benefits to 500 weeks based on an Impairment Rating Evaluation...more

Maine WC Appellate Division Places Burden on Employee to Prove Unavailability of Generic Prescription Drugs

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In Belanger v. Miles Memorial Hospital, Me. WCB App. Div. No. 17-23 (May 25, 2017), Miles Memorial Hospital appealed from a decision of an ALJ granting, among other things, an employee’s Petition for Payment of Medical and...more

Power to Calculate A Lien: What Court Has Jurisdiction to Determine a Subrogation Lien?

In Murray v. Moody, 797 S.E.2d 365 (N.C. Ct. App. 2017), a Wilson County Superior Court entered an “Amended Final Judgment” expressly provided judgment for a lien on damages that a jury awarded in a civil suit in favor of the...more

Louisiana Court Holds Employer Responsible for Failing to Protect Employee From Off-Duty Threat of Violence by Coworker

A Louisiana appellate court has ruled an employee may sue her employer for negligence for injuries sustained on the job when the injuries resulted from a dispute that began outside of work. The case is particularly...more

SC court awards Lowe's employee workers' comp disability benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employee disabilities are becoming a common issue that employers must address. Short- and long-term disability plans employers often make available to employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the varying...more

Putative Class Action Involving A Patented Reinsurance Arrangement For Workers’ Compensation Coverage Largely Survives Dismissal

by Carlton Fields on

The case is pending in a federal district court in New York, and involves three allegedly interconnected contracts purportedly “designed to circumvent [state] insurance laws,” including the laws of New York. ...more

Workers’ Comp Board Appellate Division Addresses Various Issues Relative to Occupational Disease Cases

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The widow and estate of the decedent appealed a decision denying a Petition to Order Payment under Rule 1.1 in an occupational disease case. Rule 1.1 requires that, within 14 days of notice or knowledge of a claim to...more

When Does Permissible Communication Become Impermissible Information In AME Contacts?

On January 23, 2017, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued its first en banc decision since April 2016. In Bradley Maxham v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, ADJ3540065, the Board clarifies...more

Ohio Governor Kasich Signs into Law Presumption for Cancer Incurred During Work Activities

by Roetzel & Andress on

On January 4, 2017, Governor John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo, Jr., Act (The Act) into law, which provides a rebuttable presumption that a firefighter who is disabled due to certain cancers, contracted the same,...more

All Play and No Work: TN Body Clarifies When Recreational Activities Are Covered Under Worker’s Comp Law

Since the early 1930s, the Tennessee Supreme Court has consistently ruled that an employee’s injury during voluntary recreational activity is not compensable as a work-related accident. However, Tennessee Code Annotated §...more

Idaho Supreme Court Refuses to Modify the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In order to provide near certain relief for employees injured in the course of employment, the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Act withdrew the common law remedies workers traditionally held against their employers. This...more

Use a Third Party Claim as Leverage to Get Your Workers’ Compensation Claim CLINCHERED

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

If an employee was injured in the course and scope of employment because of a third party, the employer/carrier has a lien against proceeds the employee receives from the third party. For example, if your employee was driving...more

CT Supreme Court Permits a Workers' Compensation Insurer to Sue Third Parties for Reimbursement

by Murtha Cullina on

In a decision to be officially released on September 27, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court holds that a workers’ compensation insurer can maintain an equitable subrogation claim against third-party tortfeasors to recover...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Workers Compensation Exclusivity

Workers compensation has been described as a bargain in which an employee who has suffered a workplace injury relinquishes potentially large common-law tort damages in exchange for relatively quick and certain compensation...more

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