Tag Archives: Workers’ Compensation

Can You Discipline an Employee for Violating a Safety Rule?

by Renee Mielnicki, Esquire For many of you, workplace safety is a huge part of your organization. A lot of our clients operate very labor intensive companies such as construction, manufacturing and oil and gas. The physical requirements involved in … Continue reading

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Drug Testing in the Workplace: Some Basic Issues

by Renee Mielnicki, Esquire Besides leave of absence management issues, the second subject that I get the most questions about is drug testing employees in the workplace. I often get asked, “When can I test an employee who I think … Continue reading

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Revised FMLA forms have been released.

If you administer Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leaves for your company, you are probably all too familiar with the many forms involved. This past March we acknowledged that the forms provided by the Department of Labor (DOL) had … Continue reading

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Don’t fire an employee on leave until you read this!

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. As Employment Counsel, I get many calls asking for guidance regarding terminating employees who are either out on a medical leave of absence or shortly after they have returned therefrom. During the call, I often get … 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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