Workers' compensation protections are critical to employers and employees across Florida. These laws allow injured workers to get coverage for their medical bills and lost wages when they are injured, and they protect employers from being sued by employees.
As smartphones become more and more prevalent to our everyday lives, phone apps are entering the market that offer employers workplace safety and workers' compensation management tools. These products aim to improve safety communication between employers and employees and to streamline the workers' compensation process.
Most employees are honest about getting injured at work. For these people, they just need time to recover and heal before returning to the workplace.
As any employer can probably tell you, workplace accidents can affect worker productivity and the bottom line. According to Liberty Mutual, work-related injuries and illnesses cost U.S. employers a total of $59.87 billion in 2014, which is the latest statistically-valid data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
While the holidays are behind us, there may still be plenty of workplace holiday parties and celebrations on people's calendars. And even if you have already had your own holiday parties, you will still want to be sure you understand your company's responsibilities in regard to workers' compensation, as injured employees may still be thinking of filing a claim.
When it comes to preventing workplace injuries, Ohio employers are outpacing the rest of the nation. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) briefed its board of directors this week on a decline in reported injuries.
On September 6, Lynn D. McCann II, a paramedic in Knox County, plead guilty to workers' compensation fraud. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) discovered he was working as a paramedic for OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus while also collecting benefits for a similar job with a private medical transportation company.
In this social media age, it has become easier for individuals to post about daily activities, thoughts and feelings via social media outlets. Often, these posts, photos and videos become second nature to people, clicking "share" on their smart phones without a second thought. When those individuals are seeking workers' compensation, however, this can provide valuable evidence to you as an employer.
We have often shared stories in this blog about workers caught defrauding the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. But there is another group involved in the workers’ compensation system that can cost BWC unfairly: physical therapists and other professionals who help injured workers heal so they can get back to work.
As we previously discussed, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has been working on a plan to help prevent workers from becoming addicted to pain pills as a result of a workplace injury. Opioid addiction is a nationwide problem that hits very close to home for Ohioans. The most recent report from the Department of Health regarding drug overdoses in Ohio is from 2014, and the results were staggering. In total, 2,482 residents died from drug overdoses. It’s a record-breaking statistic for Ohio, and a trend that BWC would like to quash.