workers’ comp News

SC High Court Strikes ‘Troubling’ Denial of Comp Claim, Says Can’t Be Based on Stats

An employer cannot use an ergonomics report, showing that a work injury is statistically unlikely, to deny a workers’ compensation claim, the South Carolina Supreme Court said in an opinion that sharply questioned an appellate panel’s decision making. “Individual cases …

California Chiropractor Sentenced to 54 Years for $150M Workers’ Comp Scheme

A former chiropractor was sentenced to 54 years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $23 million in fines for his role in orchestrating a massive workers’ compensation fraud scheme totaling $150 million. Peyman Heidary was convicted by …

St. Louis Contractor Faces $276K in Fines Over Deadly Fall Hazards

Federal workplace safety inspectors found a Missouri roofing contractor again risking the safety of its employees by failing to protect them against the construction industry’s deadliest hazard — falls from heights— at five residential worksites in Wentzville in October and …

Suncor’s Syncrude Fined $287,000 Over Oil Sands Worker Death

Suncor Energy Inc.’s majority-owned Syncrude Canada Ltd. unit was fined C$390,000 ($287,000) for an oil-sands mine worker’s death, one of a string of fatalities that prompted an investor revolt. Syncrude, which is operated and 59% owned by Suncor, pleaded guilty …

Worker Burned in Explosion at Wisconsin Stadium Settles Lawsuit for $22M

A worker burned in a 2022 explosion during renovation work on the University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium has settled his lawsuit against the project’s general contractor for $22 million, his attorney says. The settlement in Jeremy Rose’s lawsuit against …

California Labor Commissioner Reaches $2M Settlement with Restaurant for 32 Workers

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office reached a $2 million settlement against Pearl B-Star Inc., DBA Lin’s Fusion for underpaying 32 workers. Pearl B-Star violated state labor laws governing recordkeeping, payroll timekeeping and cash pay without wage statements, according to the …

Ohio Manufacturer Faces $253K Fine for Employee’s Severe Injuries

Despite citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for similar hazards at its Shelby, Ohio facility in 2022, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products USA LLC — a subsidiary of one of North America’s largest steel suppliers — …

Phoenix Ordinance Adds Rules to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat

With hundreds of heat related deaths in and around Phoenix, Arizona last year, a new city ordinance has taken a “critical first step” to protect workers for city contractors from the dangers of extreme heat. That was the praise from …

Medical Marijuana Law Does Not Impair Connecticut Employers’ Right to Drug-Free Workplace

A Connecticut employer has the right to terminate an employee who is impaired by medical marijuana in the workplace. The Connecticut Appellate Court on March 19 upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a nonprofit pre-school by a teaching …

Moonlighting Cop Not Independent Contractor? NC Supreme Court Says Hold on.

The North Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily put the brakes on an appeals court decision that had upset years of workers’ compensation case law on when a moonlighting law officer is considered an independent contractor. In the case of Stephen …