NPR Reports Insurers Gaining Control in the California Worker’s Compensation System

By |2017-08-30T20:15:37+00:00March 31st, 2015|Workers Compensation|

According to a recent report by NPR, the California Worker's Compensation System is giving too much control regarding medical decisions to employers and insurers. The State Compensation Insurance Fund, a quasi-governmental agency, employs anonymous independent medical reviewers. The reviewers, who are not required to be licensed in the state, have the power to make decisions regarding [...]

Recent Report Exposes the Injured System of Worker’s Compensation Benefits

By |2020-06-15T19:11:42+00:00March 11th, 2015|Workers Compensation|

Recent Report Exposes the Injured System of Worker's Compensation Benefits A recent report by ProPublica and National Public Radio exposed how states, including New York, have implemented cuts to worker's compensation benefits which has resulted in shifting the costs of workplace accidents away from the employers and to the taxpayers. [...]

Bus Drivers Face High Risk of On-the-Job Injury

By |2017-08-30T20:19:04+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Workers Compensation|

Public transportation drivers have an especially important role to play in society- they are entrusted with delivering thousands of people every day safely to their destinations. In fact, in 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation and half (5.4 billion) of those trips were rides in a bus. Therefore, when a bus driver [...]

Nurses Face Increased Risk of Workplace Violence

By |2017-08-30T20:19:54+00:00February 26th, 2015|Workers Compensation|

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has estimated that 2 million Americans a year are subjected to workplace violence. Specifically, there has been new light shed on the violence that many health care providers face on a daily basis. Nurses are most likely to experience workplace violence, with up to 82% of emergency room [...]

Potential 2015 Workers’ Compensation Legislation

By |2017-08-30T20:21:19+00:00February 13th, 2015|Workers Compensation|

Last year, 2014, the state of New York enacted several Workers’ Compensation bills, including the New York State Commercial Goods Industry Fair Play Act and the NYCERS and WCB Mandatory Exchange of information. To refresh, the New York State Commercial Goods Industry Fair Play Act, in part, established a standard to prevent the misclassification of [...]

Revised OSHA Regulations Call for More Employer Transparency

By |2017-08-30T20:22:58+00:00November 21st, 2014|Workers Compensation|

Starting January 1, 2015, companies will be required to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and eye losses within 24 hours of the incident. This comes as an update to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s current record-keeping requirements. Currently, OSHA requires that employers report in-patient hospitalizations only if three or more employees are [...]

Can a Company Require an Employee to Provide Notification Before Seeking Medical Treatment?

By |2017-08-30T20:26:13+00:00November 10th, 2014|Workers Compensation|

In short, no. Employers cannot required employees to give notification before seeking medical treatment. The issue arose in court after a FedEx employee alleged that he was fired for such a lack of notification. In the September 24, 2014 decision, a federal judge ruled the policy was effectively illegal. According to reports, the employee had [...]

New York State Comptroller Announces Decrease in Pension Contribution Rates

By |2016-06-29T16:48:36+00:00October 14th, 2014|Social Security, Workers Compensation|

The New York State Comptroller recently announced that the contribution rates paid by state and local governments towards New York's pension funds will decrease. According to the Comptroller’s office the average rate of contribution will decrease to 18.2% for most public workers from 20.1%, the comptroller said. For police and firefighters, the employer rate will [...]

What Does Third-Party Liability Mean in Worker’s Compensation Cases?

By |2017-08-30T20:41:07+00:00June 20th, 2014|Workers Compensation|

Workers who have sustained an on-the-job injury or illness are entitled to workers’ compensation to cover the medical bills and lost wages that result from their injuries. However, workers compensation benefits do not cover an individual’s long-term monetary loss, pain and suffering, or additional damages that may have resulted from particularly reckless conduct. As a [...]