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Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin legislators change state laws regarding workers’ comp

Here’s a roundup of the more significant changes to state workers’ compensation laws in 2015 in SFM’s core states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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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 state capitol
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
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.

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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.

Employee handbook
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.

Disciplining an employee
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.

Drug testing
Can an employer drug test an employee after an injury?

State laws differ, but typically employers can test for drugs and alcohol after an injury if they meet the following criteria.

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.

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