A New Jersey state court of appeals ruled in January that an employer is obligated to pay for medical marijuana when the prescription is treating a job-related injury. The ruling in Hager v. M&K Construction is the first time a NJ court required an employer to compensate a worker for legal weed used to treat […]
South Dakota’s highest court issued a ruling in favor of a worker who sought to recover workers’ compensation benefits. A construction worker had a history of back injury dating back to 2010. He said the injury resolved after two back surgeries in 2011, but medical records showed he had an injection in 2012 and that […]
Debate around providing gig workers who work for companies like Amazon, Uber, Lyft, and GrubHub with workers’ compensation and other benefits is intensifying across the country. Proponents, including some gig economy companies like NJ-based Postmates, argue that the long-term viability of the new labor model and its potential benefits will only happen if industry, organized […]
A temporary staffing agency assigned a worker to a job with a waste management company. He got hurt on the assignment. And he wanted to sue the waste management company for negligence. But the company was his employer. So workers’ compensation was his exclusive remedy, the highest state court in Texas decided. An employee of […]
Two landscaping workers died when a trench they were digging collapsed on them. OSHA identified many violations of safety standards, and the employer pled guilty to a criminal charge of “causing or risking widespread injury or damage.” The dead workers’ estates filed wrongful death actions against the employer. State Law Sets the Rule Under state […]
A state appeals court in Arkansas decided that a Walmart stocker’s gastrointestinal injuries, which led to further medical issues, were unrelated to his work and thus were not compensable under state workers’ compensation law. Fred Nolen worked as a night stocker for Walmart. Nolen’s workload was unusually heavy during a shift in June of 2018, […]
States are expanding workers’ compensation coverage for COVID-19
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