Tag Archives: Workers Comp

SHHHH! It’s a Secret.

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. Lately, I have engaged in several discussions with clients concerning an employer’s obligation to maintain confidentiality with regard to medical information and records. Employers may house many different types of medical records including those related to … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Now’s a Good Time to Get Your Posters in Shape.

by Laura Pokrzywa It’s a new year. The gyms are full and low-fat foods are on sale everywhere. This is the time to reassess and make improvements. Before you lose that determination to do the right thing this year, take … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Hiring your Next Workers’ Comp Claim

by Laura Pokrzywa Much like a good foundation determines the strength and longevity of a building, your hiring practices have a huge impact on the future of your company and your bottom line. Hire someone who isn’t truly fit for … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday.” Time to talk about COMPENSATION for an ER visit after a WORK INJURY . . .

You asked: “Our employee was injured on the job and spent three hours at the hospital during his regular shift. Do we have to pay the employee for his time in the hospital? And do we have to count these … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about GINA . . .

You asked:  “What is ‘GINA’ and how does it impact employers?” The answer: GINA is the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act which went into law in 2008. GINA was founded out of concern over the growing advancements in genetics and the … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about HR’s role in preventing Workers’ Comp claims

You asked:  “We are a small company that has been hit hard by Workers’ Compensation claims made by ‘repeat claimants’. How can we protect ourselves from future claims? The answer: The obvious answer is to take a serious look at … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about workplace injuries and Workers’ Compensation . . .

You asked: “I know someone who got hurt at work. Her insurance got complicated because she waited to get medical care and then she didn’t see the “right” doctor. So I was wondering, what are you supposed to do if … Continue reading

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Synthetic drugs are on the radar, but they aren’t easy targets

Police departments around the nation are reporting an increase in robberies, violent crimes, and peculiar 911 calls thanks to the increased use of synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts”, K2, Spice, Red Dragon, Genie and a host of other … Continue reading

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The best workplace investigations begin BEFORE a complaint is filed

If you have a health concern, you want to see a doctor you can trust. One who is prepared to listen to you, take your concern seriously, investigate all possible diagnoses, offer effective treatments and communicate clearly through the whole … Continue reading

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Criminal background checks may lead to just as much trouble as they uncover

At the beginning of the year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was mixing it up with Pepsi Beverages Co. The issue? Pepsi was arbitrarily screening out all applicants whose background check revealed an arrest, whether or not that arrest … Continue reading

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