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Food Delivery Service Ordered to Pay Workers’ Comp Claims
In this age of smartphones and apps, ordering food and other necessities with a few taps of a finger has become the norm. Many businesses are trying to break into the industry — some of which are cutting corners to do so. Such was the case with Postmates, a startup delivery company. They have been ordered to pay workers’ compensation premiums from the last two years for its more than 3,000 couriers in Washington state. However, Postmates is fighting the court decision.
Postmates had not paid the premiums because it viewed couriers as independent contractors, much like Uber and Lyft do. … Read More
Indiana Records Historically Low Worker Deaths
When a worker is killed on the job, workers’ compensation benefits may extend to their family. This covers expenses like funeral costs, lost wages and others, as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering (in some cases). Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its best to enact stringent guidelines designed to prevent any sort of worker injury or death, they cannot prevent every incident. As such, hundreds of workers are killed every year on the job.
The Indiana Department of Labor has tracked occupational deaths since 1992, with the inception of the… Read More
The Link Between the ACA and Workers’ Comp
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ACA or “Obamacare,” was first introduced, there were more than a few concerns across the board. One of the most common worries was that, since everyone was insured, hospitals and doctors’ offices would be packed to the gills with patients with little more than scrapes and bruises. This concern was especially prevalent for those who have jobs that may require the use workers’ compensation more than others, such as in construction.
Workers’ Compensation Rate Hike Blocked in Fla.
A major point of contention for workers’ compensation is how much insurance companies charge for coverage. In Florida, that rate was set to increase by 14.5 percent on December 1, which would force businesses small and large to pay more for their employees’ coverage. A week before that was to come into effect, the hike was blocked by the Leon County circuit court because it violated Florida’s Sunshine Law.
The proposal for the rate increase stemmed from rulings by the Florida Supreme Court stating some of the laws dictating workers’ compensation in the state were unconstitutional. … Read More
Miami Cops Struggling to Get Workers’ Comp for Zika
One of the biggest news stories of 2016 has been the rapid spread of the Zika virus. It is spread from person to person through mosquito bites. Last year, there was an outbreak of Zika in Brazil, which spread throughout South America. As Americans traveled to those affected nations, they brought the virus back with them. Though Zika was originally thought to be practically harmless, it was discovered that, when contracted by a pregnant woman, it can cause microcephaly in fetuses.
Miami in particular was hit hard by the Zika outbreak, due to its tropical weather and the fact that its airport is usually… Read More
San Bernardino Victims Fighting for Workers’ Comp
On December 2, 2015, a married couple inspired by foreign terrorist organizations opened fire upon a training event and Christmas party of San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Of the about 80 employees present, 14 people were killed in the attack, and 22 were seriously injured. In the year since then, county employees who were injured both physically and psychologically have had to fight tooth and nail for workers’ compensation, often not receiving it at all.
One victim, Valerie Kallis-Weber, underwent countless surgeries and has faced a myriad of other problems stemming… Read More
Top 5 OSHA Violations of 2016
Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the most cited violations. Though there is usually not much change in the rankings from year to year, the statistics that accompany the list are revealing. OSHA encourages employers and employees alike to take note of these violations to make sure the listed offenses are not being committed in their own workplace.
Alternatives to Opioid Use for Work Injuries
America is currently in the midst of the worst heroin epidemic in the nation’s history. The most common starting point for heroin addiction isn’t the drug itself, but rather its legal cousin: opioid prescriptions. They are both derived from the same source, and have similar effects. So, when the prescription runs out, many turn to other sources to keep their high. And because opioids have been overprescribed in the past decade or so, it has led to an increase in heroin use.
In 2015 alone, over $1.5 billion was spent on opioids for workers’ compensation claims — over 10 percent of all… Read More
NFL Players with Brain Damage Suing for Workers’ Comp
In recent years, brain damage among current and retired players in the National Football League has become a major talking point, both within the league itself and in mainstream media. Specifically, the deadly brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has raised questions about safety for professionals, as well as college, high school and even little league players. The 2015 Will Smith movie Concussion brought these issues to light for most of America. Now, professional players want compensation for their brain injuries.
In short, CTE is caused by repeated concussions,… Read More
What’s Really Happening with Trump University?
If you’ve watched or read the news at all in the past year, no doubt you’ve seen Donald Trump everywhere. The millionaire (or billionaire, depending on who you ask) presidential candidate has make a name for himself by calling for radical policy changes and other drastic measures. However, before he ever made a serious run for the presidency, he was a well-known businessman, gaining recognition for his aggressive real estate endeavors. He’s even an best-selling author, earning global acclaim for Trump: The Art of the Deal.
However, he’s also been criticized for his many business missteps,… Read More