Covid and The Courts – What Will it Mean for Workers’ Compensation?

Covid and The Courts – What Will it Mean for Workers Compensation? A series of recent lawsuits might give employers a sneak peak into how the courts may handle workers’ compensation litigation in the evolving era of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the past three months major corporations such as Amazon, Walmart, and fast-food giant McDonalds have responded to lawsuits stemming from alleged inadequate implementation of, and adherence to, public health directives aimed at protecting the workforce against the spread of the virus. Amazon In the case of Amazon, three Staten Island warehouse workers have sued the giant corporation for failing to adhere to public health guidelines thus causing injury and death to employees and their families. Plaintiffs seek an injunction requiring Amazon to comply with public health guidelines as well as an order that would declare the company a public nuisance. Walmart In April, a wrongful death suit was filed against Walmart by the family of a deceased employee who died from complications... READ MORE >

Return to Work Issues in the Wake of COVID19

Return to Work issues in the wake of Covid-19 Back in 2010, the WCRI published a study (Recession, Fear of Job Loss, and Return to Work) which posed the question as to what the impact of a doubling of the unemployment rate would have on longer term unemployment. For the purposes of the study, longer-term was defined as a duration of 2.5 years after an injury. When the study was originally published, most of us could not have foreseen the Covid-19 pandemic, or the shuddering effects of an economy that ground to a halt at breakneck speed. The on-going impact of the pandemic has resulted in millions of vulnerable jobs and countless shuttered businesses, some of which may never reopen.  With an eye to the inevitable and immediate trickle down impact on workers’ compensation, a recent WCRI blog piece returned to the 2010 study as a reference point to explore how recession from the economic fallout of  COVID-19 can potentially affect return-to-work programs. The study explored the effect of a doubling of the unemployment... READ MORE >

Stay Safe – Stay Home – Stay up-to-Date

Social distancing is important for our families, our co-workers, and our communities. And right now we are part of a world-wide family working together to mitigate the unprecedented impact of Covid19. We know there is an undeniable impact to your business, your budget, and your career goals.  Many of you are now working from home. Your friends at IEA stand with you in these challenging times with solutions that can help you remain focused on your future even when the present seems uncharted. IEA’s online and on-demand certificate and designation programs give you access to courses in the safest environment of your choice. You can still work on your future while we all do our bit to sustain responsible social distancing. To help with your professional development budget we’re offering 10% discount on our leading on-demand products: Turnkey Training for Adjusters SIP Exam Training Simply use the code: online2020 at the checkout. At this time we extend our best wishes to all of our customers.  Be safe and... READ MORE >

Medical Marijuana, Proposal in California to Address Workplace Protection

Prop 64 says YES to Marijuana But Doesn’t Address Workplace In 2016 voters in California legalized the use of marijuana by passing proposition 64. This legislation allowed for use of the drug, while at the same time preserving the right of employers to maintain a drug-fee working environment, and the ability to terminate employees who tested positive for drug use. This includes those who use marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, according to Tamar Todd, who lectures on marijuana at U.C. Berkeley, and is Vice Chair of the California Cannabis Advisory Committee,  “People can still be drug tested and disciplined based on a positive result even if they are using in compliance with state law, not at work, and not impaired at work.” Protecting Medical Use and Addressing Workplace Issues Some argue that use of medical marijuana should be viewed in the same light as any other prescription medication, and that medicinal users should not face discrimination in hiring or in termination practices. In response... READ MORE >