August 2012: Workers’ Comp Advisory

Top ten ways employers mess up Workers’ Comp claims
While it’s well known that costs mount the longer a Workers’ Compensation claim stays open, employers often unwittingly make mistakes in managing the claim. Here are the top ten… Read More.

Helpful new studies, surveys and guides

  • Lump-sum settlements encourage employees to return to work
  • Study sheds light on risk factors for neck pain among office workers
  • Coalition of healthcare organizations publish guidance for Outcomes-Based Wellness Incentives
  • Physician-dispensed drugs adds to escalating Workers’ Comp costs
  • Using criminal background checks in hiring decisions
  • Police stress linked to health problems
  • Why employees become whistleblower
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OSHA Watch

  • Temporary policy for proximity alarms in cranes and derricks standard
  • Direct final rule updates head protection standards
  • Construction safety initiative in Pennsylvania
  • Final Rule on whistleblower retaliation complaints made under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
  • Recent fines and awards
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Legal Corner
FMLA

  • Supervisor’s comments create viable FMLA claim

ADA

  • EEO says “No restrictions, full duty” violates ADA
  • School district violates ADA by not transferring teacher with seasonal affected disorder to classroom with windows

Workers’ Compensation

  • Reports from doctors who are not part of WC network admissible – California
  • Farm employee secures benefits for fall caused by gusty winds – Illinois
  • Repetitive walking is workplace hazard – Illinois
  • Volunteer firefighter proves use of prescribed narcotics caused condition – New York
  • Officer hit by car while walking to get coffee due Worker’s Comp – Oregon
  • Violation of employer work rule leads to denial of benefits – Pennsylvania
  • Compensation for PTSD denied cop who shot, killed suspect – South Carolina
  • Waiter who choked on quesadilla cannot collect comp – Virginia
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Things you should know

  • DOL issues new guide for employees about FMLA
  • NIOSH releases small-business safety resource
  • New materials address safety in cleaning industry
  • CSB releases video on inherently safer design
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