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Legal

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Workers' compensation and the home office telecommuter

Employees who are injured while taking a short break from work can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. What happens when the injury occurs while the employee is working from home?

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Can you screen job applicants for prior workers' compensation claims?

Asking job candidates about past work injuries, disabilities or medical histories isn't appropriate under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or state laws.

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Workers’ comp exemptions for MN small business owners and families

Minnesota law allows employers to exclude certain types of employees from coverage, such as small business owners and their close relatives.

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Tips for a smooth premium audit

Read our premium audit tips to make sure yours goes smoothly, and understand why your annual workers' compensation premium audit is so important.

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OSHA's electronic reporting requirements for employers

You may have questions about whether your business is required to submit information to OSHA electronically, and what information you will need to submit.

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From the president: Another blown opportunity to save lives in Minnesota

SFM has been an active supporter of proposed state laws banning the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.

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"Ban the Box" doesn't prevent criminal background check

"Ban the box" is a national movement that prevents employers from asking about criminal history prior to interviewing applicants. In some cases, criminal background checks can be a useful hiring tool.

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What the 'gig economy' means for worker protections

A growing gig economy might leave some workers with gaps in workers' compensation and other protections.

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Are your workers independent contractors or employees?

Employers' workers' compensation requirements differ for workers considered employees versus those considered independent contractors.

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Wisconsin law makes workers’ compensation ‘exclusive remedy’ for temp worker injuries

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law on February 28 that prevents temporary employees who sustain work injuries from suing their employers, rather than going through workers’ compensation.

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