Dealing with opioid addiction in the workplace

Larry Redmon kicked his opioid and alcohol addiction 29 years ago. Three decades later he still attends weekly support group meetings. His story is not uncommon. Experts say those in high-pressure professional careers are more likely to use and less likely to get help. According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute, 60 percent of workers’ […]

Salt Lake County data breach exposed info of 14,200 people

Personal information about 14,200 people, largely current and former Salt Lake County employees, was exposed for 75 days last summer, the district attorney’s office has concluded. The county’s investigation determined 8,000 people had their “personal identifiers and medical records” breached. Another 6,200 had only their names and contact information exposed. Salt Lake Tribune

Trial underway over Texas construction worker’s drowning death

The $1-million-plus state civil trial against contractors and equipment companies that were involved with the $266 million Baylor University football stadium in Waco, Texas at the time of a 2014 worker’s death recently began. In January 2014, 55-year-old Jose Dario Suarez drowned when a barge-supported boom lift, which he was tied off to, collapsed into […]

A CHP off the old fraud

It’s hard to imagine that someone who has seen a jail cell from the right side (the outside, that is), would risk doing something to land himself on the wrong side. So it’s disheartening to hear about one California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who was caught “engaging in physically strenuous outdoor activities” while collecting workers’ […]

Fraud hits a pothole

It takes a bold public employee to collect workers’ compensation checks from the state, all while running a home improvement business on the side. But, according to a recent report, that is what one former New York State Department of Transportation employee did when he illegally applied for and received $10,000 in workers’ compensation […]

Fourth Circuit adopts ‘but for’ standard of discrimination under ADA

A plaintiff’s discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be proven using the “but-for” standard, instead of the less demanding “motivating factor” test, the federal appeals court for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, has held, joining the Sixth and Seventh Circuits in adopting the tougher standard of proof. The Fourth Circuit has jurisdiction […]