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Do High Heels Mean A Compensable Workers’ Comp Claim?

Navigating issues of compensability in workers’ compensation has become a complicated task for members of the claims management team and interested stakeholders.  This is highlighted ...

Evidence/Experts - Gianotti v. Independent School District, A16-0629 (Minn. Feb. 8, 2017)

Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed a decision by the WCCA and held that a psychological examiner had adequate foundation to provide an expert opinion ...

The Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation in Minnesota, prepared by Thomas F. Coleman

Please find the link below to Thomas Coleman's law review article entitled, "The Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation in Minnesota." It is a comprehensive overview of ...

Minnesota Case: Kubis v. Community Memorial Hospital Association (W.C.C.A. 02/05/16)

In this case, the employee was a registered nurse.  At the time of the injury, the employee was sharing information regarding patients with the oncoming ...

Minnesota Case: Hohlt v. University of Minnesota (W.C.C.A. 02/03/16)

The employee worked as a painter for the University of Minnesota.  On the date of injury, she parked at the Oak Street Ramp, a facility ...

Minnesota Case: Shire v. Rosemount Inc., 875 N.W. 2nd 289 (Minn. 2016)

This case involves an interpretation of Minn. Stat. §176.021 which contains an exclusion from workers’ compensation coverage for employee’s who participate in a “voluntary recreational ...

Intervenors - Sumner v. Jim Lupient Infiniti, 865 N.W. 2nd 706 (Minn. 2015)

In this case, the employee commenced a cause of action against the employer. Two intervenors filed Petitions to Intervene in the proceeding, but failed to ...

Daubert, We Hardly Knew Ye, Or do We?

For those who wonder, the title of this post is adapted from Hamlet's soliloquies regarding "poor Yorick," by William Shakespeare (unless you believe someone else ...

9 Steps to Foster a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Mental health, especially depression is one of the leading causes of workplace absenteeism and lost productivity.  Estimates are that around $12 billion in lost workdays ...

Cyber Risks for Public Entities

At the 2017 PARMA Conference, a panel discussed cyber liability concerns for public entities. The panel was: John Chino - Arthur J Gallagher Steven Robinson ...

Business Map to Workers Comp In Enterprise Risk Management

Once a company is successfully able to implement the foundation of their Enterprise Risk Management program, the attention soon shifts to having an effective map ...

Disaster Response for Public Entity

At the 2017 PARMA Conference, a panel discussed disaster response planning for public entities. The panel was: Ken Hernandez - County of San Bernardino Steve ...

Rousmaniere: The Digitization Agenda

The American economy is 27 percent digitized. It would perform better if it were more so, and there’s a good chance it can be 43 ...

Investigation Due Diligence

At the 2017 PARMA Annual Conference, a panel discussed current and emerging issues involving risk management for public entities and joint powers authorities in relation ...

Navigating the Reasonable Accommodation Maze

At the 2017 PARMA Annual Conference, Yvonne Lang and Nichole Minkow from the firm Pearlman, Borska, & Wax talked about the challenges associated with reasonable ...

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