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Safety Officer Benefits & Presumptions PowerPoint

Safety Officer Benefits & Presumptions PowerPoint

We are offering a PowerPoint program featuring the best strategies for managing Labor Code section 4850 pay issues and police officer/firefighter injury presumptions.  Please call or e-mail us to schedule a presentation. To view or download the materials, click the “Continue Reading” tab below, then click…

Employers Caught in the Middle on Immigration

Employers Caught in the Middle on Immigration

The last decade has seen a vast increase in workplace litigation revolving around a worker’s immigration status. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Hoffman Plastic Compounds Inc. vs. NLRB (2002) 535 U.S. 137. This case involved an undocumented worker…

Handling Employee Medical Records

Handling Employee Medical Records

This is the first in a series of posts regarding medical privacy issues in the workplace. This first post concerns the handling of medical documents. Both the ADA and FMLA dictate that any information related to an employee or job…

Study Shows Obesity Increases Workers’ Comp Costs

Study Shows Obesity Increases Workers’ Comp Costs

A  recent study published by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) concludes that in workers compensation claims where the claimants have a co-morbidity code indicating obesity, medical costs are significantly higher than what is observed for comparable non-obese claimants….

Independent Contractor Rule Expanded

Independent Contractor Rule Expanded

The Court of Appeal upheld a WCAB decision expanding the definition of “independent contractor.” The Court found a gardener, who was injured in a fall, was not an employee and therefore his injury was not covered by workers’ compensation.  Lara v….