In a post-pandemic world, work-from-home and hybrid work arrangements have become the norm in many industries. While employers and employees have become adept at hosting Zoom and Teams meetings, this significant uptick in remote work begs the question: What if an employee gets injured while at home? Is this covered by workers’ compensation? If so
Can COVID-19 Claims Convince Commissions to Compensate? An Overview of Workers’ Comp and the Coronavirus
If you get COVID-19 at work, is it covered by workers’ compensation? Maybe. In Tallahassee, Florida, a school district denied a high school teacher’s COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claim. The reason? The district says he cannot prove he caught the virus while working. Meanwhile, it has been reported that thousands of federal employees have filed…
Employee Quits and Then Slips: Covered Under Workers’ Comp or Not?
Is an employee who quits her job then injures herself before she gets out the door still covered by workers’ comp? In a recent Tennessee case of first impression, the court ruled that after an employee says “I quit,” the employee remains employed for a “reasonable period of time” to “effectuate the termination of her…
Ahead of Schedule? What Oregon’s Fair Work Week Bill Means to the Retail, Hospitality, and Food Service Industries
In case you didn’t know, Oregon enacted the “Fair Work Week” law, making it the first state to legally restrict the scheduling practices of employers in the service sector. The highlights include:
- an obligatory rest period for employees between shifts,
- written work schedules in advance of shifts, and
- additional pay for employees if
One Judge Finds Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Act Unconstitutional—Now What?
Workers’ compensation laws are supposed to take the guess work out of employee injuries. If an employee is hurt at work, the statute governs, you pay the benefits and move on—right? Well, if you have employees in Alabama, some of the predictability of the workers’ compensation scheme is in question. In Clower v. CVS Caremark …