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I hope that the Oregon legislature is up to the task!

Here in Oregon, the legislature has not yet had a special session to deal with Covid-19 issues.  One is coming up on June 24th, but I am told it will not be dealing with workplace issues.  That is more likely to happen sometime in late July. The presumption is very important to make sure
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Healthcare Workers, Coronavirus & The Need for Special Protection

One of the things that has become clear as we move forward in this pandemic is that healthcare workers have special problems and require additional protection. Unfortunately, nursing homes have been very hard hit with both the people working there and the people living there getting sick and dying in higher numbers than in
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Workers’ Compensation Law & Applying it in the Pandemic

As the world continues to try to cope with the pandemic, frontline workers are certainly having more difficulty with infections.  As I posted about recently, Oregon has not taken any steps to deal with the folks who are on the frontlines.  The short story is it is difficult to prove one of these cases
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Covid-19 – Are we being used as the canary in the coal mine!

Like me, most people are getting frustrated with the social distancing/stay at home order that most governors have imposed on their states. Like me, most people are so frightened of getting sick with Covid-19 that we are willing to continue staying at home. As we look at states reopening there will be a tension
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Grocery Workers Should Be Designated First Responders

As we continue on with the quarantine as a consequence of the coronavirus we can see how necessary first responders are, and certainly we can understand that medical professionals are crucial at this time. Also crucial, however, are other workers, particularly grocery store workers. All across the country both the stores and the unions
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Social Media Can Be Trouble! – READ THIS!

Social media is intertwined in our lives in ways we would not have believed even ten years ago. During this pandemic, social media is a great way to stay in touch with your friends and people that you are forced to be separate from. In many ways, however, social media can be a source
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COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available

As we all try to work through the coronavirus pandemic it’s important to remember that there are many things we can do to make sure that we avoid becoming ill and we avoid our coworkers becoming ill. I have included a couple of different links for your information. The first is a page from
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Psychological injury claims in Oregon

Psychological injury claims in Oregon have been very difficult since 1987. Under Oregon law, workers must prove that there were a series of events that actually happened at work that could cause stress in people and did cause that person to develop a diagnosis that is generally recognized in the psychological and medical communities,
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Injured Workers Need To See Their Doctor!

I recently saw a claim where the injured worker had an accepted, fairly severe injury. The worker did not regularly see his doctor for the condition and the claim was administratively closed for failure to see the doctor. The worker did not hire an attorney until over a year after the closure. The result
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