January 2012: Workers’ Comp Advisory

2011 Workers’ Comp decisions offer insights for employers in 2012
A review of some of the top 2011 legal and government actions relating to Workers’ Comp provides keen insight into issues that may dominate 2012… Read More.

OSHA Form 300A posting date approaching
Mark your calendars to post the OSHA Form 300A on February 1…. Read More.

NLRB postpones effective date of posting rule from Jan. 31 to April 30, 2012
Facing a court challenge, a controversial rule requiring most private sector employers to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has been postponed… Read More.

OSHA Watch

  • Webpage to help protect workers during winter storms
  • OSHA improves employers’ access to required poster – It’s the Law
  • Webpage on beauty salons and manufacturers for formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products
  • Chemical facility NEP updated
  • OSHA releases new tire charts
  • Recent fines and awards
  • Whistleblower suits
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Legal Corner

  • Franchisor not liable for uninsured franchisee claims – Kentucky
  • Injury incurred by out of town worker not in scope of employment – Michigan
  • Charity golf injury not in scope of employment – Missouri
  • Employee’s misrepresentation on pre-employment application does not preclude Workers’ Compensation – Nebraska
  • Comp award does not prevent uninsured motorist benefits – New York
  • Fall in parking lot is compensable – New York
  • Daughter entitled to benefits in injured worker’s opioid overdose death – Pennsylvania
  • Re-injury at home to shoulder compensable – Tennessee
  • Read More.

Things you should know

  • Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) releases 2012 State report cards for Workers’ Comp
  • Deadline for Health Benefit summaries delayed
  • Michigan updates Workers’ Comp law
  • Bankruptcy of self-insured trusts disrupt New York small businesses
  • Washington State program dramatically reduces lost work time
  • Back pain MRI may be unnecessary – study
  • NIOSH issues rig inspection forms
  • Commercial motor vehicle drivers banned from using handheld cellphones
  • Read More.