October 2012: Workers’ Comp Advisory

How a holistic approach to health risks plugs leaks in your bottom line
The same health risks generating high health care costs also impact absenteeism, presenteeism, Workers’ Comp and long-term disability. By identifying risks and customizing wellness initiatives, employers can take control of health care reform… Read More.

Employers beware: over 20% rise in mid-year questionable claims
Workers’ Compensation and automobile insurance lines represent the areas of largest fraud activity for P&C insurers… Read More.

Lessons from America’s safest companies
Companies that have received recognition for innovative safety processes and outstanding safety cultures share their insights… Read More.

OSHA Watch

  • Full enforcement of fall protection directive again on hold
  • Recent fines and awards
  • Read More.

Legal Corner
ADA

  • Circuit Court clarifies obligation of employers to reassign disabled workers
  • Indefinite leave of absence not a reasonable accommodation under ADA
  • Penalty to complete health assessment when a “term” of group health plan does not violate ADA

FMLA

  • Cases addressing the notice employees must give to employers under FMLA
  • FMLA back-pay award can include overtime
  • Employee who attended college on FMLA leave was properly terminated

Workers’ Compensation

  • Worker who tested positively for cocaine in injury probe entitled to back pay – Iowa
  • Expert testimony on “Sick Building” syndrome not admissible – Maryland
  • Untaxed tips must be included in Workers’ Comp calculation – Nevada
  • Workers’ Comp settlement cannot be reopened for medical bills – Pennsylvania
  • Stripper denied Workers’ Compensation for gun shot wound – South Carolina
  • Read More.

Things you should know

  • New chemical database
  • NOISH resource helps small businesses target best safety information
  • New tool shows side effects of medications
  • New reference card to help identify, prevent and address workplace violence
  • NLRB: Costco policy violated NLRA
  • Temporary or part-time workers have 50 percent higher injury rate than permanent workers
  • Psychotropic medications can increase crash risk: study
  • Read More.

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