Governments

OSHA exists to promulgate regulations requiring workplaces be safe!

At the federal level, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to promulgate regulations requiring workplaces be safe and to investigate when there are problems in a workplace to determine whether OSHA regulations were followed and whether the employer should be fined or required to change its way of doing business. States are allowed
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Legislation is being introduced to prohibit forced arbitration clauses!

While it is always uncertain what legislation can get passed (particularly when you have shared control with the Democrats in control of the house and the Republicans in control of the Senate), it is good to see that there is now some push being made to restore some worker rights vis a vis their employers.
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For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good.

I am sure that everyone else is as glad as I am that the election is over, and therefore we don’t need to spend all of our TV time watching ads for candidates and causes. For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good. We will have the opportunity to influence the workers’
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This administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards!

ON THE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT’S FALL REGULATORY AGENDA Following is a statement from Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project: Posted October 17, 2018 “In the Fall Regulatory Agenda released by the U.S. Department of Labor today, the Trump administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards designed to protect the
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The statute of limitations sets out the time limits – What you need to know!

In virtually every compensation scheme, there are, what lawyers refer to as, statute of limitation. The statute of limitations sets out the time limits under which claims can be filed. It is presumed that people know their rights and obligations (even when it is usually not true). Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Act is no different.
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Oregon’s Workers Compensation System – Skewed Toward Employers!

In Oregon’s workers compensation system, insurers and self-insured employers rely on so called independent medical evaluators (IME’s). These are doctors, usually retired from the normal practice of taking care of people, who evaluate injured workers. These doctors provide opinions regarding the compensability (work relatedness) of claims and evaluate the disability that is a consequence
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Selecting Federal Administrative Law Judge’s By Performance!

Very recently, President Trump issued an executive order which puts an end to selecting federal administrative law judge’s by performance on a competitive examination and exempts them from all civil service protections to which they’ve long had. What this means is that it has turned all of the administrative law judge positions into patronage positions.
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Oregon significantly cut back benefits for injured workers!

In 1990 and again in 1995 Oregon significantly cut back benefits for injured workers.  Oregon is not the only one. In Kentucky, their legislature has made it much more difficult for coal miners to get compensation for black lung disease.  One of the big changes is to limit the doctors who can read x-rays
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Oregon workers have rights as a consequence of workplace stresses.

In Oregon workers still, have the right to establish a psychological injury as a consequence of workplace stresses. The claims are difficult to prove, but it can be done.  In many states, it is not possible to even file these claims.  Some cracks are beginning to show, and here is one. Governor
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