Workers’ Compensation Defense

Worker's Compensation in Virginia: Employer Basics

Worker’s Compensation in Virginia: Employer Basics

Authored by attorney Megan B. Caramore Under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have certain obligations to their employees.  Below is a list of the basic information that every employer should keep in mind. An employer who regularly employs three or more full-time or part-time employees is required to purchase and maintain workers’ compensation insurance.  Employers with fewer employees may also elect to obtain coverage for ...
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Jones Act or Longshore Act?

Jones Act or Longshore Act?

Authored by attorney Lisa L. Thatch The Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that may have the effect of permitting more injured workers to fall within the realm of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (the “ Longshore Act”) but excluding them from the Jones Act. In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, the Court further addressed the issue of whether or not a particular ...
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OSHA Guidelines Put a Damper on Employee Safety Incentive Programs

OSHA Guidelines Put a Damper on Employee Safety Incentive Programs

Jul 2012 , Vol. VI, No.1 Authored by Jennifer Eaton In March, OSHA issued a memorandum that discussed acceptable and unacceptable safety incentive programs. OSHA affirms that employers are not allowed to intentionally or unintentionally provide incentives to employees to not report injuries. OSHA identifies positive incentive programs that are allowed. These positive incentive programs include: giving t-shirts to employees, offering “modest” rewards for suggesting ...
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Preventing Workers' Compensation Fraud

Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud

According to some statistics, workers’ compensation fraud contributes significantly to the annual estimated 30 billion dollar insurance fraud problem. Fraudulent workers’ compensation claims drain time and resources that are meant to assist workers legitimately injured on the job, and cost employers in higher insurance premiums. Though insurance fraud can be a staggering problem, there are steps employers can take to lessen the risk of suspect ...
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