Workers' compensation functions as a system of protection--both for the employee and the employer. If you get injured on the job, workers' compensation insurance helps to ensure that you get the medical care you need and that you don't lose wages while you're out of work. In exchange, this system also protects the employer from a lawsuit.
A construction manager faces a lot of competing demands. They have to satisfy their clients, who want their project completed on time, on budget and with a high level of quality. At the same time, a manager also has to take into consideration the limitations of their crew and to be able to adjust goals as circumstances change.
Last week was Workers' Memorial Week--a time dedicated to commemorating all of the workers who died preventable deaths on the job. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) released a report which outlines what it considers to be the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S.
Following this tragedy, the officer began suffering from symptoms similar to those of war veterans and others who have suffered trauma: nightmares, flashbacks, depression and anxiety. The officer had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was unable to return to work. However, under Florida workers' compensation law, first responders cannot receive benefits for a mental condition if it is not also accompanied by a physical condition. As a result, the officer has been out of work without any support.
There has been a national push in recent years to increase workers' compensation for firefighters. Due to the inherently risky nature of the work, supporters of the campaign held that firefighters should be entitled to additional coverage for special types of work-related injuries. In particular, they wanted firefighter workers' compensation to cover cancer treatment.
Vanessa Sylva is a 54-year-old, former chef in Hawaii. She spent much of her career working for a large-scale catering company--sometimes working as many as 80 hours a week. Her work caused her to suffer tears in each shoulder and numbness down her arms, making it nearly impossible for her to use her hands. After filing a workers' compensation claim, she was examined by Dr. Leonard Cupo--a doctor selected and paid for by the workers' comp insurance company. She was denied treatment for nearly a decade, leaving her in chronic pain and restricting her to her home, unable to engage in even simple activities such as playing cards.
Marijuana is becoming increasingly legalized across the United States. To date, 29 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, and nine states permit the recreational use of the drug. And the numbers keep rising.
In the decade since the economic recession, the U.S has seen an explosion in a new category of jobs and workers associated with the gig economy. Gig economy workers, often categorized as independent contractors, miss out on the safety net of basic protections awarded to standard employees.
If you know anything about workers' compensation, you probably know that a fundamental factor of eligibility is your employee status. If you're an independent contractor, you're excluded from such benefits. This division can be especially frustrating for contractors working in dangerous fields.
A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that inhumane working conditions in meat and poultry processing plants are a pervasive problem across the United States. What's more, the "climate of fear" that exists in many such facilities has deterred whistleblowers.