New legislation proposed in California puts employers on notice that they may have to treat workers as employees rather than independent contractors. What this means in practical terms is that employers would have to offer employees benefits such as workers' compensation coverage, unemployment compensation, and other employee benefits. The bill pending in California would give companies like those operating rideshares (Lyft and Uber) or food delivery business (Door Dash) legal requirements for establishing whether a worker is an employee. New York's Governor has indicated legislators there will have to look at that same definition of employee versus independent contractor.
Working takes up a lot of our time
While this may seem like a straightforward question, the answer actually depends on a number of factors. It's miserable to have back pain, there's no doubt about that. But in order to receive workers' compensation you have to prove that your pain stems from work not from natural causes such as getting older.
Our spines play an incredibly critical role in the human body; it links the brain to the rest of the nervous system, sends vital signals to different organs and acts as the structure for most of our physical bodies. Without a functioning spine, we end up with severe health issues.
Workers' compensation attorneys look at the news through our own lenses. When I see the continual news and debate about the recent Foxconn deal, which is supposed to bring thousands of new jobs to Wisconsin, I think about various types of workplace settings. At present, it's not clear whether the potential Foxconn jobs will be in manufacturing, research and development, or anything else. From my "work comp" viewpoint, I simply know that accidents can happen in any type of work environment-especially from someone's job duties over a period of time.
Are some injuries not submitted to work comp?: Those of us dealing daily with injured workers have long suspected that many work injuries go unreported for a variety of reasons. Workers with access to health care insurance with a low deductible may choose to file with group health instead of workers' compensation. Workers with other wage replacement benefits (such as short-term disability) may also choose not to file for workers' compensation. Employer intimidation through both overt and covert suggestions or directives not to file for workers' compensation also applies. The stigma and the loss of bonuses or overtime pay is another contributing factor to non-filing for workers' compensation..
Nurses have one of the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders in any field in the U.S. Everyday tasks can endanger the health of your spine. Awkward twisting, lifting and manually repositioning patients can lead to serious damage over time. Traumatic injuries can happen in a split second. Supposedly stable patients can stumble. Heavier patients can fall on medical professionals of smaller stature. Short-staffing can put pressure on a single nurse. Emergency situations can place someone in a physically difficulty position.
Wisconsin's workers' compensation laws can be difficult to understand. If you've been hurt in the course of employment, however, confusion about the benefits you're entitled to receive can only serve to aggravate your injury. With that in mind, here are answers to five of the most commonly asked questions following an on-the-job injury in Wisconsin.
You may already be aware that workers' compensation covers most injuries and certain health conditions you sustain on the job. However, you might find yourself wondering if cardiac disease and strokes qualify.
For certain individuals who are unable to work, there is assistance available. If you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, you may also be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).