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September 2014 Archives

Senator proposes alternative means of enforcing employee misclassification law

Employee misclassification is not a small issue in the United States generally, and in Pennsylvania in particular. In fact, at least one state lawmaker feels the issue is serious enough to warrant a new law tackling the issue. Although the state has already passed a law punishing employers for misclassifying workers, but Senator Mike Stack has pointed out that state regulators, for whatever reason, are not diligently enforcing penalties.

OSHA cracks down on work injury reporting requirements

According to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace accidents are more common than they should be. In 2013, a total of 4,405 workers died on the job in the United States. Earlier this month, shortly after the release of that data, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration passed new regulations that aim to crack down on employers who do not adequately document workplace injuries.

Statistics show need for improvement in transportation-related workplace accidents

According to new information from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal injuries in the workplace decreased 5 percent from 2012 to 2013. That is obviously a good thing, though the need for improvement remains, particularly in certain categories of accidents. Last year, 3.2 out of 100,000 full-time employees die, which is still too many.

Many types of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

While it is true that some workplaces do tend to be a bit more dangerous than others, it is important to note that there are many different types of accidents that can occur, and there are many different injuries that people in Pennsylvania could suffer from. This means that any workplace can be potentially dangerous. Knowing what types of accidents can happen can help people see what their rights are and what legal action they need to take to make sure that they get proper compensation.

Understanding federal workers' compensation

Many people may think that workers' compensation benefits are the same, no matter who an employer may be. For government workers, though, that is not the case. The Division of Federal Employees' Compensation is responsible for overseeing and managing the benefits of government workers. This includes reviewing, approving and denying injury and illness claims, helping injured workers get back to work and paying survivors death benefits.

Court draws lines on 'financial hardship' in workers' compensation recoupment

One of the aspects of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania that can be frustrating for those injured at work is recoupment. This refers to the ability of employers to gain back prior workers' compensation payments to an employee. Often this is done by reducing benefits going forward. One of the protections for employees facing possible recoupment is that courts presume that recoupment will cause hardship when an employer waits two years or more to satisfy a notice obligation.

PA man files personal injury suit against company for slip-and-fall injuries

A man who used to work as a security guard at a former Sherman-Williams paint factory in Philadelphia has recently filed a lawsuit against the owners of that factory, which has since closed down. The issue in the personal injury suit is that the man claims to have suffered serious injuries while patrolling the property back in 2012.

Workers' compensation approved for company kickball game injury

Many of our readers can name at least one instance where they've been either required or pressured to participate in some company activity whether they wanted to or not. Whether it's a picnic, a run, a trust-building exercise or a game of softball, many of us have a story. For most of us, though, it's not as bad as that of a man who worked for a South Carolina public relations firm.

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