Macey Swanson and Allman partner Richard Swanson spoke at the 22nd Annual Worker’s Compensation Seminar, which is organized by the Indiana Workers Compensation Institute (IWCI) and the Indiana Self-Insurers Association (ISIA). This seminar took place August 7-8 at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Swanson was part of a panel discussion on presenting cases to the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board.
Mr. Swanson also recently presented at the California Applicants&rsquo... Read more →
In a dramatic 49-person increase from the previous year, 171 Hoosiers died on the job in 2012. This was the highest rate in 14 years. For more information on this total and on the Workers Memorial Day event that was held on April 29, 2013 in honor of those who died on the job, click here.
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A recent National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decision, Aerotek, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 22, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO held that if an applicant can demonstrate “a genuine interest in employment” in addition to or apart from his or her pro-union beliefs, that applicant cannot be screened out of the hiring process on the basis of his or her union sympathies. In the Aerotek cas... Read more →
In Indiana, most employers must carry workers compensation insurance. Under IC 22-3-2-22, information about this insurance must be posted in a conspicuous place in the employer’s place of business. It must include the name, address and telephone number of the insurance company or the person who administers the insurance. Employers who fail to post this information may be subject to a civil penalty.
If your company has not posted this important information, that may... Read more →
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employee who has reached maximum medical improvement for a work-related injury may still be entitled to further payments for future palliative care in order to “limit or reduce the amount and extent of the employee’s impairment.”
In this particular case, Randall Perkins v. Jayco, Inc., a three judge panel found that the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board erred when it affirmed the decision of a single hearing boa... Read more →
General Motors (GM) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have reached a new contract agreement. The new contract, which was ratified September 28, 2011 by UAW members, includes provisions that retain bargaining unit employee health and pension benefits, as well as improved profit sharing. The new contract will also result in $5,000 bonuses for bargaining unit members. Entry level bargaining unit employees will see their pay increase by $3.50/hour by 2013.
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Macey Swanson and Allman partner Richard Swanson will present a session titled “Cost Effective Hearing Preparation of a Denied Worker’s Compensation Claim” at the ICLEF Worker’s Compensation Seminar on November 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. Seminar attendees can earn up to six CLE credits.
Mr. Swanson has also recently presented at the 31st Annual Labor-Management Relations Seminar, held in June 2011 in Indianapolis, IN and at the SEAK Workers’ Compensa... Read more →
As previously mentioned, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (“FECA”) is the subject of new legislation in an effort to bring it up to date. To this end, a congressional hearing was held on July 26, 2011 by the United States Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia on the newly proposed legislation.
An archived video of the hearing can be viewed here.
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During a summer of record temperatures, it is crucial for employers and employees alike to be aware of the dangers of heat related illnesses and how to prevent them. Ignoring symptoms can be deadly – more than 30 employees died last year from heat related illnesses.
The three most important parts of prevention are: hydration, shade and rest. Workers should drink five to seven ounces of fluids while working outside, even if they do not feel thirsty. They should also be gi... Read more →
On July 8, 2011, Representative Kline (R-MN), joined by Representative Miller (D -CA), Representative Walberg (R-MI) and Representative Woolsey (D-CA), filed H.R. 2465, the Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act. This act would change several portions of the current Federal Workers’ Compensation Act (“FECA”) in an effort to bring it more in line with the current needs of federal employees.
Some of the changes to FECA proposed in the bill in... Read more →