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Canada is using NAFTA to demand protection for US Unions

When I was in college and part of law school, I worked at the Toledo Oregon Georgia Pacific pulp mill. I had joined a Union (the AWPPW) to work there. It was the highest paying job I had ever had. Unions brought an end to child labor, got us the 40 hour work week (and
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Although this is not a workers compensation issue, it is an important concern.

Although this is not a workers compensation issue, it is an important concern.  Workers compensation has arbitrary limits on benefits. The tradeoff is that injured workers don’t have to prove negligence. In liability cases, caps and other limits prevent injured victims from being adequately compensated.  Moreover, there is no benefit gained by the general public,
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It Just Got Easier to Become a Lawyer in Oregon

The Supreme Court is making it easier to pass the Oregon State Bar exam. While I don’t necessarily think the Bar exam is the best way to sort out lawyers, it is better than most other ways. What this tells me is that people who hire lawyers need to be very careful. The best way
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Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Too many clients are having their claim for Social Security Disability rejected by the Judges. Treating doctors are being rejected in favor of a doctor that reviews the treating doctor’s chart notes. It is ridiculously unfair. -Chris Moore   Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability by Alex Smith June
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The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

As you can see, although Oregon started its race to the bottom in 1990, and continued in 1995, many other states are doing their best to ruin workers compensation for workers.  It is all about lining the pockets of owners and management, and not about taking care of injured workers.  -Chris Moore   The Demolition
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Restore Justice For Survivors

We do not have jury trials or pain and suffering damages in our workers compensation system. Some people who have workers compensation claims also have third party cases (i.e. cases against third parties that can be litigated in Circuit Court). Our Supreme Court recently reversed an old case and reinstated caps on damages. This takes
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Lawyers Working for Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Plotted to Keep Public Meetings Secret

While we usually deal with SAIF Corporation in disputes about benefits, I think it is interesting to see how SAIF deals with their internal issues. It is also sad to see Assistant Attorney’s General so willing to violate the law.Lawyers Working for Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Plotted to Keep Public Meetings Secret A judge blasts
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How will Trump’s Presidency Affect Workers’ Compensation

Making Workers' Compensation Great Again: How will Trump's Presidency Affect the Industry?   Washington, DC (Workers Compensation.com) - Like the rest of the nation, workers’ compensation experts are wondering how President Trump's campaign promise to make America great again will affect their field and policy. The first and apparent change will come from stronger immigration
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Medical marijuana and it’s use in the workplace

I get asked about medical marijuana and use in the workplace regularly.  I get asked about marijuana more frequently now that Oregon has approved recreational marijuana.  I came across an article on it, and thought it was time to post on the issue. Here is a link to a discussion about marijuana (medical or recreational)
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Why Due Process Matters in Workers’ Compensation

Two recent decisions from the state supreme courts in Oklahoma and Florida point out that how an injured worker gets workers’ compensation benefits is as important as how much an employee can receive in benefits for a work injury. In the parlance of constitutional law, the how a worker receives benefits is a termed “due
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