Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 18
  • Jun
  • 2017

Alabama Ombudsmen Offering Set Schedule for Benefit Review Conferences

Ombudsmen Patricia Fraley and Ted Roose are now located in the new Career Center located at 3216 4th Avenue South (Birmingham). Because of this new location they are able to...

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  • 13
  • Jun
  • 2017

How to Fix the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act

A lot of buzz was recently created when a Circuit Court Judge in Jefferson County entered an interlocutory order declaring the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act unconstitutional. The...

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  • 25
  • May
  • 2017

In Alabama, Excluding Workers’ Compensation from an Arbitration Agreement Does Not Exclude Retaliatory Discharge

On May 19, 2017, the Alabama Supreme Court released its opinion in SSC Selma Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Warren Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center and SavaSeniorCare Administrative Services, LLC v....

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  • 11
  • May
  • 2017

To Appeal or Not to Appeal? That is the Question in the Alabama Case Where the Workers’ Compensation Act was Ruled Unconstitutional.

A few days ago, we reported on the recent case of Nora Clower v. CVS Caremark, in which the Circuit Court of Jefferson County entered an order declaring The Alabama...

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  • 09
  • May
  • 2017

Alabama Circuit Court Judge Issues Order Determining Workers’ Compensation Act to be Unconstitutional

Perhaps you have already heard as news travels fast but on May 8, 2017, a Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge issued an Order declaring the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act to...

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  • 03
  • May
  • 2017

Alabama Workers' Compensation Blawg Wins Award for Second Consecutive Year

We are pleased to announce that the Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg was named a WorkersCompensation.com Best Blog for 2017!  A complete list of the winners and the criteria used in the...

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  • 07
  • Mar
  • 2017

OSHA’s New Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Rule Now in Effect

OSHA recently implemented its new "reporting and anti-retaliation rule", which went into effect January 1, 2017. Under the new rule, certain employers must now submit injury and illness...

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  • 28
  • Feb
  • 2017

New Workers’ Compensation Bills Introduced in Alabama Senate

Senator Arthur Orr (R, Decatur) recently introduced SB-89, which would limit employers’ liability for permanent total disability benefits. Currently, an employer must pay permanent total disability benefits...

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  • 21
  • Feb
  • 2017

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Organization to Hold 36th Annual Spring Conference

It's almost time to register for the 36th Annual AWCO Spring Conference to be held May 4-5, 2017 at the Hyatt Wynfrey Hotel! Online registration will open March 1, 2017...

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  • 10
  • Feb
  • 2017

Alabama Pain Doctor Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Federal Prison

Over the years, an Alabama pain management doctor built a reputation for prescribing large quantities of opioid medications out of his Huntsville office, and his patients included...

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  • 24
  • Jan
  • 2017

Alabama Court Addresses Proper Way to Question Medical Treatment after Indemnity and Vocational Benefits are Settled

On September 23, 2016, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion inAugmentation, Inc. v. Harris. Debra Harris alleged injuries to her neck, back, and left shoulder while working...

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  • 12
  • Jan
  • 2017

Alabama Court Considers Proper Venue When Employer Files First

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently released an opinion dealing with venue statutes and their applicability to claims sought under the Alabama Worker’s Compensation Act. In the case ofEx...

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  • 11
  • Jan
  • 2017

Washington Lawsuit Alleges Employees Contracted PTSD From Watching Videos Portraying Brutality, Murder, Beastiality, and Child Pornography

Two Microsoft employees have sued their employer alleging that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because their job required them to watch horrific internet videos portraying brutality, murder, beastiality, and...

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  • 03
  • Jan
  • 2017

2017 Alabama Mileage Reimbursement Rate Update

Effective January 1, 2017, the standard mileage reimbursement rate for Alabama was decreased to 53.5 cents per mile.

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  • 05
  • Dec
  • 2016

Alabama Supreme Court Addresses Exclusivity Doctrine in Assault Case

The Supreme Court recently released its decision in Ex Parte Lincare, Inc., which involved an employee who was allegedly assaulted by her supervisor on the employer’s premises immediately after she...

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  • 09
  • Nov
  • 2016

The Alabama Impairment Defense and OSHA’s New Policy Against Blanket Drug Testing

OSHA recently issued a proclamation against the blanket drug testing of all employees that report work accidents. While there is no specific law against it, OSHA has advised that it...

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  • 07
  • Nov
  • 2016

SOMETHING FOR ALABAMA EMPLOYERS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT $0 MSA

SOMETHING FOR ALABAMA EMPLOYERS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT $0 MSA In recent weeks Zero Dollar Allocation MSAs came into question. Initially it was thought that on any claim, even fully...

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  • 21
  • Sep
  • 2016

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Blawg is 9 Years Old!

The Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg is 9 years old!  We would like to take this time to thank all of our readers who have helped to make http://www.alabamaworkerscompblawg.com a go to...

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  • 19
  • Sep
  • 2016

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Addresses Compensability of Injury First Documented Several Months After Accident

On September 9, 2016, the Alabama Court of Appeals released its decision in Kennamer Bros., Inc. v. Stewart, in which it affirmed the Circuit Court of Marshall County determination that...

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  • 04
  • Aug
  • 2016

Alabama Worker’s Compensation Death Benefits in the Wake of the Common Law Marriage Ban

Common law marriage will be abolished in the state of Alabama effective January 1, 2017. Act 2016-306, provides that the only common law marriages that Alabama law will continue to...

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