In recent months the California Department of Insurance has been trying to enlist "suspicious employers," investigators, and "concerned co-workers" in the fight against insurance fraud by asking them to use social networks and "smart interviewing techniques that uncover information [leading] to pr...
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor just issued its final ruling to implement an exclusion for recreational vessel workers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. The rule sets guidelines for what constitutes a "recreational vessel" under ...
Employers who give injured workers the opportunity to stay at light-duty jobs during their recovery may be eligible for reimbursement through the Department of Labor & Industries.  This incentive has emerged out of a new program in Washington State designed to keep injured workers in their jobs...
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a historic new rule that could require federal contractors and subcontractors to establish hiring goals that 7 percent of their workforce be people with disabilities. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is currently soliciting public comment o...
According to this month’s issue of the American Public Health Association journal, Medical Care, studies of occupational healthcare in Washington indicate that improving medical care for injured workers significantly decreases missed work time. The study was conducted by Dr Thomas Wickizer of Ohio...
While still uncommon, it seems like the evening news is reporting more and more sad instances of disgruntled employees bringing violence to the workplace.  Just last Wednesday, a troubled ex-husband of a hairdresser entered a Salon in Seal Beach, California and murdered eight people.  While the pe...
Boeing Corporation recently settled a suit by a former American Airlines worker who claimed she has suffered from multiple complications after being exposed to toxic fumes in the cabin.  Terry Williams now suffers from a range of symptoms, from memory loss to sever headaches.  What is particularly...
Insurance companies can deploy multiple “bad faith” tactics to delay, obfuscate, and muddle the workers’ compensation claims process as it unfolds between insured employers and injured workers.  One of the more common legal tactics is to bury clauses deep in workers comp contracts to create b...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled a lawsuit brought against a Wisconsin-based construction products firm.  The EEOC filed the suit against Richardson Industries of Sheboygan (working as Richco Structures) when an employee, Morgan Rae Brocker, charged that she ...
A recent national pharmaceutical advertisement touted the benefits of a new medicine formulated to combat a little known workplace hazard: Shift Work Sleep Disorder.  The medication promised a host of benefits, including improved wakefulness and alertness, but also came with the usual litany of sid...