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SC Construction Accident Injures Three

Pickens County SC Construction Accident Injuries 3, No One Killed In the last week of January, a SC construction accident injured 3 people in Pickens County. Fortunately, no one was killed – the injured workers were sent to the hospital, although none had serious injuries. The construction project is part of an ongoing expansion for the Carolina Point Young Life Camp, and is being built by First Victory Construction based in Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. When the project is completed, the new facility will accommodate as many as 408 new … [Read more...]

Workers Comp Death Benefits Upheld for Man Who Died on Treadmill

Workers Comp Death Benefits Still Go To Widow Because Man Was Using Home Office Treadmill The highest workers compensation court in Maine upheld a ruling on Thursday, January 22nd, that the widow of a man who died from a heart attack while using a treadmill in his home office is still entitled to workers comp death benefits. The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rejected the appeal from the Salvation Army, which claimed that Gregory Sullwold’s widow was not entitled to workers comp death benefits, because her husband died at home and not … [Read more...]

9/11 Responder Gets to Keep Workers Comp Benefits for PTSD

NYC-Based First Responder Gets to Keep Workers Comp Benefits to Treat 9/11-Caused PTSD After a long appeals process, a New York City first responder will, according to an appellate court, get to keep workers comp benefits to treat his on-going PTSD, which he developed due to his role in responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Albany, New York state appellate court ruled in January that Richard A. Regan was entitled to keep his workers comp benefits to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder, thereby upholding a decision made by the … [Read more...]

BP Argues Validity of Toxic Spill Workers’ Comp Claims

Texas Lawsuit Plaintiffs Allege BP Must Pay Workers' Comp Claims Due to Toxic Spill In February 2013, BP sold a Galveston, Texas-area refinery to Marathon Petroleum. However, some former employees at the plant filed a lawsuit two months later, claiming that injuries related to release of toxic chemicals at the plant led to serious chronic and potentially lethal health issues, and BP was responsible for the workers' comp claims to cover the long-term healthcare costs. "From November 10, 2011 through possibly early December 2011, BP … [Read more...]

Sharing Economy Is Not Caring – No Workers Comp Benefits

Independent Contractors Have No Workers Comp Benefits in the Sharing Economy In recent months, numerous independent contractors working for all kinds of businesses – from Google coders to exotic dancers to sharing economy employees – have filed lawsuits claiming that their employers are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Many companies have been accused of violating fair wage laws by hiring employees as independent contractors so that the companies pay less for employment taxes and health benefits. But independent contractors also … [Read more...]

Workers Comp Insurance Company Outlines Ebola Rules

Insurance Company Creates Guidelines for Workers Comp Coverage of Ebola Illness On Wednesday, December 17th, GENEX Services LLC, a workers comp insurance company, published a list of guidelines for workers comp coverage of claimants who contract Ebola during the course of their employment. The guidelines, titled “Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses: Ebola and Marburg,” go beyond the standard clinical directives offered by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. “GENEX developed the guidelines at the requests of both … [Read more...]

Independent Contractors File Labor Violations Lawsuit Against Handy

Handy App Faces Labor Violations Lawsuit from Two Former Independent Contractors Self-employment through mobile apps and websites is booming – businesses like Uber and Lyft hire drivers under 1099 tax forms so the employees use their own vehicles; AirBNB allows individuals to rent out rooms in their homes for various amounts of time so travelers have a nice place to stay; and apps like TaskRabbit and Handy allow people with extra time to run errands and perform cleaning services at various rates for individuals who hire them. However, all of … [Read more...]

Firefighter Finally Gets Workers Comp Disability Benefits

Judge Says Firefighter Wrongfully Denied Workers Comp Disability After receiving a serious personal injury while trying to save two people from a house fire, a firefighter in New Jersey has finally been granted his workers comp disability pension, although the benefits were originally denied because his work-related injury was not an “accident.” James Moran, a resident of New Jersey, was dispatched in early January 2010 to a house that appeared to be deserted, but was on fire. Before the truck company could arrive, however, Moran heard … [Read more...]

Google Faces Independent Contractor Class Action

Class Action Filed Against Google for Mislabeling Workers as Independent Contractors On Wednesday, November 12th, a former Google employee filed a class action lawsuit against the tech company for misclassifying him as an independent contractor, which allowed the company to avoid paying federal taxes, give him overtime, or pay his workers comp. The lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court, and although there is only one plaintiff so far, the lawsuit seeks to consolidate as a class action to fight for other current and former Google … [Read more...]

Exotic Dancers Ruled Employees and are Due Workers Comp

Las Vegas Exotic Dancers are Due Workers Comp for Injuries After Being Ruled Employees of Club The Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, erroneously classified their exotic dancers for years as independent contractors, rather than employees, in order to avoid taxes and workers comp payments. Now, the Nevada Supreme Court has overturned a previous ruling that the dancers are not due workers comp coverage, finding that the dancers are full employees of the club, and are therefore due workers comp for injuries sustained on the job, … [Read more...]