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Workers Comp
No, the Independent Medical Exam (IME) report cannot make you go back to work.  The choice to go back to work is entirely your own. That being said, you should exercise caution before making the decision to refuse a job offer. If your refusal is determined to be unreasonable, the workers compensation insurer can cut...
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The short answer to the question “can I sue my employer” is no. In Minnesota, if a person is injured on the job, their exclusive remedy is the workers compensation system. In other words, you can file a work comp claim, but you cannot bring a civil suit against your employer for any negligence on...
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In the ever-expanding world of social media, companies and private investigative units are turning to sites like Facebook and Myspace to fight workers’ compensation fraud, but it raises ethical questions about obtaining information. Social media sites are the most popular way for people to share their ideas and activates in the digital realm, and more...
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In their latest report, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) found that traffic accidents are the leading cause of high-severity workers’ compensation injuries. The NCCI’s original report from 2006 was updated this month to reflect more current information, and the report revealed some interesting trends. Key findings The frequency of motor vehicle fatalities and...
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Many companies host holiday parties for their employees during this time of year.  Whether the party is held at an outdoor skating rink or at an upscale hotel conference room, employees are susceptible to injury.  It is important to understand your workers’ compensation rights if you are injured at a work-related holiday event. Am I...
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A new report shows that workers’ compensation claims in the health care industry are expected to decrease but claim severity will rise in increase in 2013. The study conducted by Aon Risk Solutions tracked workers’ compensation claims from over 1,000 health care facilities nationwide.  Aon forecasts that the health care industry will experience an annual...
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According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers’ compensation claims from “employees working at a diminished capacity” because of a flu or cold cost businesses $250 billion each year. The report shows that sick workers usually perform below their normal standards and the likelihood for injury increases when employees try to work...
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Surveillance cameras can help companies prevent fraudulent workers’ compensation claims, but employers must ensure they follow appropriate internal surveillance guidelines. CEC Entertainment Inc., which manages over 500 Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, has seen a reduction in workers’ compensation claims and liability costs since they installed security cameras in all their stores in 2009 and 2010....
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Pay and benefits for U.S. workers saw modest growth from July through September, which suggests the unsteady labor market is holding back compensation. The employment-cost index grew 0.4% from the second quarter to the third, the Labor Department said Wednesday.  Although the employment-cost index grew, it fell short of the 0.5% gain expected by economists....
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Minnesota Work Injury Compensation Work injuries happen all the time. Although in many instances you may walk away with something as small as a scrape on your leg or a cut on your finger, in other instances the damages may be more severe. Every month, more than 8,000 people are hurt in work-related accidents in...
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