Five Things to Catch Up On: 3/5, Weekend Edition


1) When Getting the Gig Means Losing Workers’ Compensation

In the age of Uber, the question of who is responsible for workers’ compensation is often asked. With no definitive answer, strong opinions on the matter are making up an interesting conversation among workers’ compensation professionals and legislators, especially since representative Jessyn Farrell (D-Washington) introduced House Bill 2109 on Feb. 15 that would help provide a portable package of protection to independent contractors. To read more, click here.


2) More Than Five Things to Catch Up On: WCRI Edition, Part I

The WCRI Conference is in full swing today, and after an engaging set of speakers, I’d like to be the first to welcome you to a variation of my usual 5 Things update. Dip into the informational pool of data and information with me. Let’s explore a few interesting, intriguing and sometimes quirky and/or humorous topics that were covered. Remember, this by no means covers the entire conference. We would be here all weekend. It includes my very own “highlight reel” of sorts. Watch for Part II of this WCRI Edition on Monday of next week. To read more, click here. 


3) VT Bill Seeks Workers’ Comp Benefits for First Responders with PTSD

Vermont is poised to join the growing number of states that provide workers’ compensation benefits to firefighters, rescue and ambulance drivers and police officers who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their work. On February 7 of this year, House Bill 197 was read into the record at a session of the Vermont General Assembly. To read more, click here.


4) Getting into Court: An Arkema Story

Ostensibly, the workers’ compensation system is designed to protect both employers and employees. From the perspective of employees, it allows them to receive remuneration for workplace injuries without the time and expense of a full-fledged trial, even if their own negligence, or the negligence of their employer, contributed to the injury. From the perspective of employers, it allows them to not be bogged down with multiple lawsuits, which would certainly occur absent the current workers’ compensation system. To read more, click here.


5) Nominations for Workers' Comp Best Blogs Recognition Program Now Open

The 2nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Best Blogs recognition program has now opened for nominations. Workers’ compensation professionals, employers and injured workers are encouraged to nominate blogs that they feel provide excellent information and entertainment for the industry. To read more, click here.


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