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Dancing hamster gig leads to comp fraud conviction

Published January 27, 2016 - 12:59pm CST

A man who played one of the dancing hamsters in commercials for Kia Motors Corp. has pleaded no contest to insurance fraud and false statements, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Downton Abbey ahead of its time on helping workers

Published January 25, 2016 - 2:02pm CST

Although it harks back to a period of time when there was a clear divide between “upstairs” and “downstairs,” British period drama Downton Abbey can offer today's employers valuable lessons.

New York worker entitled to summary judgment of Scaffold Law claim

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 19, 2016 - 3:58pm CST

The dismissal of a New York worker's labor law claim was erroneous, according to a recent New York appellate court ruling.

Insurer ups gunshot wound coverage for public-sector employees

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 19, 2016 - 3:28pm CST

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. has beefed up its voluntary gunshot wound insurance policy for public-sector employees.

Employers walk a fine line in accommodating alcoholic workers

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Employers that deal with a suspected alcoholic employee do not have to tolerate any behavior that hurts their business, but they must adhere to federal and state discrimination guidelines in accommodating the worker.

Couple colluded in comp caper

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 15, 2016 - 1:22pm CST

The couple that commits workers compensation fraud together gets fined together.

Overexertion tops list of workplace injury causes

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published January 14, 2016 - 3:10pm CST

Worker injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing cost employers more than $15 billion in 2013.

Mechanical engineer's disability lawsuit reinstated

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 14, 2016 - 2:01pm CST

A federal District Court failed to consider the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act in dismissing a disability lawsuit filed by a mechanical engineer.

Injured worker eligible for wage award despite income

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 12, 2016 - 12:09pm CST

An injured worker doesn't necessarily have to have suffered a reduction in income to be eligible for reduced earning capacity compensation.

Canadian construction project manager gets prison time

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published January 11, 2016 - 4:41pm CST

A Metron Construction Ltd. project manager has become the first face of the Ontario Federation of Labor's "Kill a Worker, Go to Jail" campaign.

States seek to expand correctional officers' occupational diseases

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 05, 2016 - 11:31am CST

At least two states will attempt to create a presumption this year that certain illnesses suffered by correctional officers are occupational diseases covered under workers compensation.

Opioid overdose deaths hit record in 2014

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 04, 2016 - 1:09pm CST

Not only have opioid overdoses tripled since 2000, they accounted for more than half of all drug overdose deaths in 2014.

UPS driver gets comp for heavy-lifting injury, but negligence claim denied

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 04, 2016 - 1:08pm CST

William Jessup University may have packed and mislabeled the heavy box responsible for injuring UPS driver Stephen Moore, but that doesn't mean he can sue the school for negligence.

NFL and concussions

Published December 23, 2015 - 12:01am CST

The movie "Concussion," which open Dec. 25, will shine a new light on traumatic head injuries suffered by NFL players.

Tennessee advances toward closed workers comp formulary

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 22, 2015 - 1:15pm CST

Pharmacy benefit manager Helios says formulary and treatment guidelines are scheduled to take effect Feb 28.

Discovery rule trumps statute of limitations in workers comp case

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published December 21, 2015 - 3:59pm CST

Though maintenance mechanic was injured in a single, rather than cumulative, event, court refuses to put a time limit on his claim.

OSHA cites fiber company after worker suffers serious hand injury

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published December 21, 2015 - 11:15am CST

A Florida manufacturer faces $116,270 in proposed penalties from federal regulators after an employee's hand was mutilated.

JetBlue crew member's ADA lawsuit reinstated

By: Judy Greenwald

Published December 18, 2015 - 2:13pm CST

A federal appeals court has reinstated a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by an inflight crew member against JetBlue Airways Inc., stating she has successfully argued she was disabled and may have been fired because of it.

Missouri high court's disability ruling goes against case law

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 17, 2015 - 11:35am CST

The Missouri Supreme Court's ruling that an injured worker can collect temporary total disability benefits despite achieving maximum medical improvement is drawing criticism and concern from some observers.

Critical for employers to run FMLA benefits concurrently with workers comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg and Sheena Harrison

Published December 10, 2015 - 10:03am CST

The outcome of a recent Texas Supreme Court case demonstrates why employers must be diligent about providing FMLA protections to all injured employees — including those who are receiving workers compensation benefits.

Worker can get disability after maximum medical improvement

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 09, 2015 - 2:48pm CST

According to the Missouri Supreme Court, an injured employee's subsequent surgery makes him eligible to receive temporary total disability benefits for a work injury, despite being previously deemed to have reached maximum medical improvement.

Court sides with employer that fired injured worker

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 07, 2015 - 3:02pm CST

A state Supreme Court has ruled that an employer didn't wrongfully terminate an injured worker who was let go.

Costs, recovery from joint injuries vary by state

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 01, 2015 - 2:10pm CST

Location matters when it comes to the utilization of services to treat workers with joint injuries.

Insurance legislators vow review of workers comp opt-out programs

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 01, 2015 - 12:05pm CST

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators plans to investigate workers compensation opt-out programs in the wake of media reports examining such alternative plans in Texas and Oklahoma.

OSHA tags metal stamping company for worker hand injury

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published November 24, 2015 - 11:27am CST

Federal regulators have proposed total penalties of $103,600 against an Ohio metal stamping company after an employee lost three fingers in a workplace incident.

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