December 2011: Workers’ Comp Advisory

Six benchmarks for evaluating Return-to-Work programs
Sustaining return to work efforts means that they must make economic sense. Here are six benchmarks… Read More.

The time is NOW for employers to understand rule changes on Experience Mods
NCCI’s plans to change the Experience Rating formula has long-term implications for employers… Read More.

OSHA Watch

  • Top ten violations for fiscal year 2011
  • Information in cranes and derricks, hazcom rules clarified in letters of interpretation
  • Final OSHA rule permits oral SOX complaints
  • OSHA releases 12 educational videos aimed at the construction industry
  • OSHA to launch Nursing Home National Emphasis Program (NEP)
  • Recent fines and awards
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Legal Corner

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Supervisor’s ill-considered e-mail forms basis of FMLA lawsuit
  • Comments by HR Director can sink employer’s chances of dismissing FMLA claim

Workers’ Compensation

  • Workers’ Compensation is exclusive remedy for construction worker working on bosses’ home – California
  • Condition exacerbated by light duty can be claimed as new injury – Georgia
  • Assault and drug arrest not sufficient to terminate benefits – Louisiana
  • Video can be used to discontinue disability benefits – Pennsylvania
  • Separate legal entities cannot rely on Workers’ Comp as exclusion remedy – Nebraska
  • Casino worker fall from chair while propping feet on desk not compensable – Nevada
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Things You Should Know

  • Charges filed with EEOC hit record high in Fiscal 2011
  • FMCSA delays publication of proposed HOS changes
  • Studies on shift workers
  • NIOSH expands list of disease resources for emergency responders
  • Study links solvents’ exposure to Parkinson’s disease
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The Case of the Out of Shape Employees
A wellness program leads to premium savings of $59,000 and 1.0 drop in Mod….Read More.