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OSHA penalizes construction firm for exposing workers to hazardous conditions

OSHA penalizes construction firm for exposing workers to hazardous conditions

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a construction firm in Philadelphia for exposure of employees to hazardous conditions in the workplace. OSHA has recommended penalties in the amount of $222,152. OSHA’s response to a grievance expressing impending danger at a company occurred in October 2017. OSHA cited the company, Hua Da Construction, […]

Proposed bill offers workers’ compensation protection to freelancers

Proposed bill offers workers’ compensation protection to freelancers

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An increasing number of New Jersey residents are opting to work for companies as freelancers. State legislators have responded by recommending a new set of labor laws to help make certain that freelancers are treated justly and are compensated in a timely manner. In a measure that was sanctioned by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, agreements […]

The duty of an employer to its injured employees

The duty of an employer to its injured employees

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The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) forbids discrimination in the workplace. Even though the NJLAD does not clearly address reasonable accommodation, New Jersey courts have ruled that the law mandates that employers reasonably accommodate employees’ disabilities. Additionally, the Department of Law and Public Safety regulations require that employers reasonably accommodate the limitations of an […]

Potential loss of unemployment benefits for workers who change jobs

Potential loss of unemployment benefits for workers who change jobs

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Last year the New Jersey Supreme Court said it would hear the state’s appeal in the matter of a worker who was awarded unemployment benefits after she left one job for another that offered greater compensation, only to later discover that the second job was no longer available. As the New Jersey Law Journal reported, […]

Link between repetitive stress injury and your job

Link between repetitive stress injury and your job

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If you are afflicted with a repetitive stress injury (RSI), or a wear and tear injury, it may have been caused by your job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 100 various kinds of injuries (RSIs) that can take place at work. Actually, most work-related injuries are RSIs, […]

Workers’ compensation benefits for contracting the flu at work

Workers’ compensation benefits for contracting the flu at work

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Last year saw an epidemic of the flu. The flu was so severe, that it impacted the occupational health arena, and produced challenges that were unanticipated by those who drafted the workers’ compensation acts in New Jersey. The flu epidemic, forced offices and schools to close or reduce operations, and illness and deaths in the […]

Studies show that standing desks are not beneficial to workers’ health

Studies show that standing desks are not beneficial to workers’ health

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A recent study indicates that the use of standing workstations and treadmills by employers to aid in the prevention of repetitive motion claims, is nothing more than an ineffective trend. Such workstations are said to be ergonomically safer for the health of employees. They have been praised as a way in which to improve posture […]

Study shows long-term opioid prescription may increase recovery time of lower back injuries

Study shows long-term opioid prescription may increase recovery time of lower back injuries

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According to a recent study conducted by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), prescribing opioids for a longer period of time can significantly increase the length of temporary disability among workers who suffer work-related lower back injuries. Temporary disability is the time that workers spend outside of work recuperating from the injuries they sustained at […]

Court rules employee gets compensation after accident during commute leaves him injured

Court rules employee gets compensation after accident during commute leaves him injured

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An employee’s drive to work can be considered compensable, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled in a unique, unreported case. During a snowstorm, Friends Village at Woodstown kitchen worker Antoine Minter alerted his supervisor, the executive chef, that he would not be able to make his shift because Minter’s regular […]

Pennsylvania governor vetoes workers’ compensation bill

Pennsylvania governor vetoes workers’ compensation bill

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Democratic Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have restricted the types of prescription drugs injured workers receive. Senate Bill 936 called for a list of pre-approved drugs that could be prescribed under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation program. Supporters included insurance companies and business groups that said the bill could curb opioid abuse and […]