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Legal

What the 'gig economy' means for worker protections

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

Are your workers independent contractors or employees?

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

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.

Are injuries at a work holiday party compensable?

Although in most cases injuries that occur during a work holiday party would not be compensable, there are some exceptions.

Do volunteers qualify for workers' compensation?

Volunteers generally aren’t eligible for workers' compensation benefits, but there are exceptions, and state laws can differ.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad
What Iowa’s new workers’ compensation changes mean

Iowa’s workers’ compensation system will see some significant changes on July 1, 2017, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad in March.

Wisconsin medical board adopts opioid prescribing guidelines

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board adopted new guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers aimed at combating heroin use.

Minnesota implements new rules for prescribing opioid painkillers

To prevent injured workers from ending up with painkiller addictions, the state of Minnesota has adopted stronger requirements for prescribing physicians.

Nebraska Supreme Court reverses workers’ comp ruling

This 2015 ruling from the Nebraska Supreme court reversed a lower court’s ruling on the workers’ compensation case.

Iowa Supreme Court says workers’ compensation surveillance footage need not be disclosed before deposition

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that employers do not need to provide surveillance footage to workers’ compensation claimants before they are deposed.

The four most effective tactics to avoid workers' compensation litigation

On-the-job injuries can cost your company time, productivity, money and even employee morale — costs that are compounded when you become engaged in a legal battle.

What your employee handbook should say about workers' compensation

Incorporating workers' compensation into your employee handbook shows your staff that you take work injuries seriously.

How to discipline employees who’ve experienced work injuries

Simply because an employee sustained a work injury does not excuse that employee from performing the duties and expected standards of the job.

Minnesota Supreme Court maintains status quo for PTSD claims

The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed that an employee’s post-traumatic stress disorder was a non-compensable mental injury under the law in effect at the time of injury.

Minnesota Supreme Court reverses appeals court's Dykhoff decision

The 2013 Dykhoff decision provides insight into what it means for an injury to “arise out of” employment, making it eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Injuries while entering and leaving the workplace: A primer

State law requires that employers provide safe, well-maintained and accessible routes for employees to and from their parked vehicles into their place of work.

Police officer’s mental injury might have been compensable under amended Minnesota workers’ compensation law

Minnesota law previously did not allow workers' compensation benefits for mental injuries unless they caused or were accompanied by physical injuries.

First ‘GINA’ lawsuit settled by EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled the first lawsuit it had filed under the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Summer can increase schools' workers' comp exposure

At schools, the summer months can present high potential for workers' compensation exposure, because wage-loss benefits can drag out longer than they would otherwise.

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