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Workers’ Compensation

Woman alleges wrongful termination in retaliation for filing work comp claim

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A woman is suing her former employer, alleging she was terminated in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Maria Hernandez filed a lawsuit on Dec. 27 in the Madison County Circuit Court against ET Superior Services KP, Inc.. According to the lawsuit, Hernandez was employed by ET Superior Services when she allegedly suffered a work-related injury on June 22….

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Comp for COVID could keep sick workers at home: Rand

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Using workers compensation systems to provide medical and indemnity benefits to workers who contract COVID-19 could be advantageous, according to a report by Rand Corp. released Tuesday. “Assured benefits could encourage sick workers to stay at home, and workers compensation has long been recognized as an effective incentive for employers to proactively promote workplace safety by using insurance pricing to…

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Indiana bill would provide comp for student learners

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Indiana lawmakers Tuesday read through a new bill that would require the state Department of Education to provide adequate employer liability and workers compensation insurance coverage for students enrolled in a work-based learning course. H.B. 1094 would also designate certain career and technical education programs as youth apprenticeship programs, providing $500 grants to school corporations for each pupil enrolled in…

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Biometrics case against Amazon can proceed

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A federal district court has refused to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit filed against Amazon.com Inc. by a former employee who contends the company violated Illinois’ biometric law. William Naughton, who worked for two months in 2020 as a “picker” at an Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois, charges the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by…

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Drug costs fall with less use – with and without formulary

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Closed drug formularies continue to attract attention in states’ workers compensation systems as a tool to manage the utilization of prescription drugs and provide evidence-based guidance to physicians prescribing drug treatments for injured workers. The Official Disability Guidelines Workers Compensation Drug Formulary, also known as the ODG Formulary, has been adopted by several states including Indiana, Kentucky and Montana. In…

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Contractor Dies in Fall at Illinois Caterpillar Foundry

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A contractor working at a Caterpillar Inc. foundry in central Illinois fell to his death when he apparently stepped off a ladder at the plant, authorities said. The Peoria County coroner said Scott M. Adams, 50, of East Peoria, was pronounced dead about 11 a.m. Thursday after his fall at the foundry in Mapleton. Autopsy findings are pending, the (Peoria)…

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COA: Injured construction worker was independent contractor, not employee

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A construction worker injured in a building collapse was, in fact, an independent contractor, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has concluded, rejecting an earlier finding that the worker was actually an employee of the company he sued. In December 2018, Richard Palmer was injured while doing carpentry work on top of a pole barn that partially collapsed. The building…

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Are Too Many Comp Claims Being Opposed? Some Major Employers Think So

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Employers may be warming up to the idea that fighting some workers’ compensation claims and medical treatments can be counterproductive, and new emphasis should be placed on keeping injured workers happy – and out of the courtroom. “The workers’ comp system should be self-executing and so many times, it’s not,” said Michele Adams, vice president of risk management for Walmart….

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Suit alleges former Advanced Technology Services employee terminated over work comp claim

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A man claims he was fired in retaliation for filing a worker’s compensation claim. Gage Moore filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Advanced Technology Services, Inc., alleging retaliatory discharge, disability discrimination, retaliation, violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act – disability discrimination, disability retaliation, violation of the…

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COVID claims less costly than non-COVID claims: WCIRB

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In the first year of the pandemic, COVID-19 claims in workers compensation made up roughly 1/10th of claims and on average were less costly than non-COVID claims in almost every state, according to new analysis published Wednesday by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The COVID-19’s Impact on Workers Compensation report sourced data from 45 jurisdictions representing $630…

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