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Jury Duty? No Thanks, Say Many, Forcing Trials to be Delayed

Jury duty notices have set Nicholas Philbrook’s home on edge with worries about him contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his father-in-law, a cancer survivor with diabetes in his mid-70s who is at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. Philbrook and his wife, Heather Schmidt, of Camarillo, California, have been trying to convince court officials that…

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WCRI Studies Show COVID-19 Orders Apply to Small Segment of Workforce

While at least 17 states have passed laws or issued orders that expanded access to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who contract COVID-19, many of those directives are creating new exposure for only a sliver of the workforce, new research by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute shows. WRCI studied policies adopted by Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri in…

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Migrant Farm Workers from Texas Allege Pesticide Exposure in Illinois

More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in Illinois cornfields, according to a federal lawsuit. The workers, including teenagers, senior citizens and a pregnant woman, claim they were sprayed by a helicopter and plane treating fields in July and August 2019, despite wearing neon orange hats and backpacks. The 27…

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Man unloading tanker truck allegedly shocked at waste dump

A waste water treatment operation is accused of locating its dumping site near high voltage power lines after a man was shocked while unloading a tanker truck. Jon Orelt filed a complaint Nov. 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ameren Illinois Company and Sauget Sanitary Development & Research Association, doing business as American Bottoms, alleging negligence. According…

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Employees covered by comp for COVID-19 varies by state

The number of employees who may be covered by the various state laws and executive orders providing some level of compensability for workers who acquire COVID-19 on the job varies substantially based on workforce and the nature of the order, researchers from the Workers Compensation Research Institute found in a study released Tuesday. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI used data from…

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Suit alleges truck overturned, caused collision due to overweight load, speeding

A truck driver is accused of driving with an overweight load and speeding, allegedly causing the truck to overturn and cause a collision. Michael Schroeder filed a complaint Nov. 18 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Bonanza Gold Trucking Inc., and John Patton, alleging negligence. Schroeder states in his complaint that he was driving a truck and hauling a…

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