For the first time in state history, workers’ compensation benefit rates in New Jersey will be decreasing. In the coming year, the highest benefits will fall from $794 to $792 per week, a 0.3% decrease.  This may be compared to 2007, when rates increased 2.7 %. Historically, New Jersey’s max...
Last month the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 83 citations to Goodman Manufacturing Company for deliberately failing to document and improperly documenting workplace injuries and illnesses at their Houston air-conditioning plant.  Fines and penalties have been asse...
The lone survivor of a Toronto construction accident from December of 2009 has reportedly filed a $16.3 million suit under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against Metron Construction of Toronto and Swing N Scaff of Ottawa.  The worker is seeking damages from an incident that occurred last Ch...
In September, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration released interim final regulations designed to protect workers who express concerns related to safety, security and health in their place of work. These rules, which establish the protocol for managing worker ...
  The default rate among self-insured group trusts has produced an alarming level of assessments on small businesses throughout the country. Workers’ compensation boards in states like New York are increasingly deliberating “safety programs” that would lower workers’ compensation costs...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Companies that cut costs by misclassifying regular employees as “independent contractors” will face tighter regulations and stricter penalties in 2010. The Obama administration has already begun to cra...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Washington Labor and Industries is in the process of overhauling its website, www.lni.wa.gov. The revisions to the Washington L&I website are the result of user feedback collected over a significant perio...