Eerily timely in the wake of the Utah Mine tragedy, Governor Jon Corzine recently signed a new law increasing fines for violating New Jersey mine safety laws. The old law carried penalties ranging from $25 to $500. Under the new legislation, the first offense will be $2,500, then up to $5,000 for a second offense and […]
A federal jury recently awarded an Iowa man $10 million for emotional distress and pain and suffering after ruling that his employer’s insurance carrier acted in bad faith in denying his claim for benefits from a back injury. The plaintiff, Kris Zimmer, a computer technician for Norwest Financial, injured his back while bending over to […]
A new survey whose results were published in the March issue of Pediatrics found that millions of American teenagers are working in dangerous environments, performing unsafe tasks in violation of the law and without proper training or supervision. Among teens surveyed who worked in the service or retail industries, 52 percent of boys and 43 percent of girls […]
The New York State Senate and Assembly just passed legislation with the intent of significantly reforming the state’s workers’ compensation system. Read the more here.
On February 19, 2007, the legislation recognizing same-sex civil unions went into effect in New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 37:1-28). While the statute does not amend the Workers’ Compensation Act, it does state that civil union couples must receive the same benefits as married couples with respect to workers’ compensation benefits.
Laws passed by the state require that your employer, or your employer’s insurance company, compensate you, or your family, for injuries or death that may occur while you are working. You may be entitled to: Weekly benefits while you are temporarily totally disabled and unable to work. Payment of your medical expenses. Weekly payments or […]
An injured employee can file a workers’ compensation claim as an alternative to civil litigation; the claim is filed in lieu of the assignment of negligence to either party. Workers’ compensation laws are meant to protect employees as well as employers. However, it is not always the case that you and your employer share the […]