Safety and OSHA News

Pre-cancerous skin lesions caused by outdoor work? Comp hangs in the balance

A deputy sheriff who spends 70% of his employment time outdoors developed a pre-cancerous skin condition. His employer denied his workers’ comp claim. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Struck on bicycle commuting from one job site to another: Does she get comp?

An in-home caretaker was struck by a car while riding her bicycle from one client’s home to another’s. Her employer said the coming-and-going rule applied and she shouldn’t get workers’ comp. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Pot legal in more states: What should employers do?

Election 2016 has produced three or four additional recreational marijuana states and three more where medical pot will be allowed. Do employers have to change their drug policies?  [Read more…]

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Employee appeals firing after positive post-injury drug test for pot

Did Kohl’s Department Stores violate its own policy regarding workers who have a medical marijuana license when it fired an employee?  [Read more…]

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Can worker get psychiatric injury benefits for life-changing slip-and-fall?

A maintenance worker slipped and fell on a wet sidewalk. He suffered a fractured pelvis and several other injuries, and after three surgeries, he still had a lot of physical pain. He also suffered from depression and loss of sleep. Can he get additional workers’ comp benefits for psychiatric injuries?  [Read more…]

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Court: Denny’s doesn’t have to pay for workers’ non-slip shoes

A Denny’s employee sued his employer, arguing the restaurant chain had to reimburse its workers for the cost of slip-resistant shoes. How did a federal court rule in this California case?  [Read more…]

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Top 10 states where mood-altering drug use is highest

Want to know if your workers are more likely to be under the influence of “mood-altering drugs?” A new study has state-by-state stats.

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Workers’ comp for jumping jacks injury? Why court said ‘yep’

A prison sergeant injured himself doing jumping jacks at home. He argued it was part of his regular program to stay in good physical shape for his job. The sergeant got workers’ comp because legal precedent involving other law enforcement officers was on his side.

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Top 10 most expensive states for workers’ comp

The state that had the most expensive workers’ comp rates for employers in 2010 managed to improve its ranking somewhat in the last two years. Click through to see how your state’s premiums compare: [Read more…]

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Will California’s new workers’ comp law lower costs?

Starting next year, California will enact a number of changes in its workers’ comp law aimed at reducing costs for businesses but also increasing benefits for some injured employees. [Read more…]

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