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Maine Supreme Court says workers’ comp doesn’t have to pay for medical marijuana

For a while, it seemed states were slowly accepting that medical marijuana would be covered under workers’ compensation. But a Maine court decision goes against that trend.  [Read more…]

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Company ordered to pay $250K in whistleblower retaliation case

Why did this company get the maximum penalty allowed under federal law ($250,000) in a whistleblower retaliation case?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp must pay for medical marijuana in third state

Add a third state to the list of those that require workers’ compensation to pay for medical marijuana.  [Read more…]

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Jail looms for owner because he didn’t pay OSHA fines

A Maine roofing company has been held in contempt of court for failing to pay OSHA fines and abate hazards at its work sites. If the owner doesn’t comply with a court order within 20 days, he could go to jail.  [Read more…]

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Does worker’s treadmill death qualify for workers’ comp?

An employee who was working at home took some time to walk on his treadmill. He was found dead shortly thereafter. Should workers’ comp pay death benefits?

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When can you stop paying workers’ comp?

All sorts of factors can come into play when determining whether workers’ comp payments can stop. These two recent cases address the question. One is called a “highly unusual situation” by the deciding court. The other is “an issue of first impression” for its state.

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Bill would curb permanent workers’ comp coverage for mental distress

Efforts are under way in several states to pass legislation that would lower companies’ workers’ comp costs. Police officers, firefighters and other first responders are opposing one bill under consideration in Maine. [Read more…]

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