Monthly Archives: May 2011

Is “icing and heating” the new “donning and doffing”?

This is the first post by guest writer Jon Rehm of Rehm, Bennett & Moore in Nebraska, who will be appearing on our site from time to time.

Today I received a call from a union official at a local packing plant asking me if the company could force injured employees to apply ice and heat to their injuries during break.

I answered it depends on whether the company or the employee receives the predominant benefit of the icing. The predominant benefit analysis is the framework for deciding “donning and doffing cases.” In donning and doffing cases, the issue is whether taking off and putting on safety equipment before and after a shift as well as during meal and break times should be paid. Continue reading

North Carolina Proposes to Reduce Worker Benefits & Abolish Privacy Rights

There are two bills in the legislature (HB 709 and SB 544) that will reduce workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers, abolish their rights to physician-patient privacy and make it easier for insurance companies to cut off benefits. Although there is a

146 young women died because the fire doors were locked

possibility that representatives for employers and those for employees will reach a compromise in the near future, in order to understand the significance of these changes it is helpful to understand some history and how the Workers’ Compensation Act works.

I teach workers’ compensation law at N.C. Central University, and on the first day of class Continue reading

Do We Need Another Teddy Roosevelt?

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

On September 14, 1901 at 2:15 a.m.President William McKinley took his last breath and became the second President since Lincoln to die from an assassin’s bullet. To the horror of many New York politicians, Theodore Roosevelt, the former activist governor of New York who had been shuffled into the vice-presidency to keep him from further meddling in New York politics, became President.

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