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SC Supreme Court Urges Legislative Fix to Pre-existing Health Issue in Workers’ Comp

South Carolina lawmakers next year may be asked to revamp a workers’ compensation employment test that judges have relied on for more than 50 years, if the state Supreme Court has its way. The court last week said that a …

Tennessee Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty to Using Prison Labor for Personal Profit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sitting Tennessee sheriff pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he illegally profited from the work of jail inmates under his supervision and housed dozens of them in a home outside of the prison without …

OSHA Fines Georgia Sawmill $267,300 After Death of Worker

A Georgia sawmill could have prevented the death of a 24-year-old worker last year if it had followed safety procedures and federal regulations, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in fining the mill $267,300. “We learned that Thompson …

Cooper Signs Retention Groups, Vaping, Work Zone Safety Bills in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed four bills Wednesday that include the creation of a new registry for vaping products and a slew of changes related to transportation laws and the state DMV. Cooper also vetoed …

Report: Medical Costs for Workers’ Comp Rose 11% Nationally

Medical costs for workers’ compensation increased nationally 11% and first-party claims grew 5% over the last four years, a new report shows. Enlyte’s “Quarterly Medical Price Index (MPI) Report,” based on trends from professional medical bill services from Q1 2020 …

Rhode Island Guarantees Domestic Workers Minimum Wage, Not Workers’ Compensation

Domestic workers in Rhode Island will now be paid the state’s minimum wage under a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee. Traditionally, domestic workers haven’t been given that protection as the Rhode Island minimum wage has increased …

Miners’ Union Head Calls House Effort to Block Silica Dust Rule an Attack on Workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the national mine workers’ union on Friday condemned what he characterized as an effort by House Republicans to block enforcement of a long-awaited federal rule directed at curbing workers’ exposure to poisonous, deadly …

Uber and Lyft Agree to Higher Wages, Work-Accident Insurance in Mass. Settlement

BOSTON (AP) — Drivers for Uber and Lyft will earn a minimum pay standard of $32.50 per hour and will be eligible for occupational accident insurance paid by the companies for up to $1 million for work-related injuries under a …

Minivan Slams into Long Island Nail Salon, Killing 4, Injuring 9

A minivan slammed into a Long Island nail salon Friday, killing four and injuring nine people inside the business at the time, a Suffolk County fire official said. The vehicle came to a stop at the back of the Hawaii …

Insurer Can’t Rescind Workers’ Comp Policy, Even With Misrep, MS High Court Says

An insurer cannot rescind a workers’ compensation policy, even in the case of a material misrepresentation that could led to millions of dollars in benefits payments, the Mississippi Supreme Court decided last week. The Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act governs all …