Workers’ Comp

A workers’ compensation board improperly rescinded partial disability awards issued to an undocumented construction worker after finding that he did not prove had adequately searched for other jobs, an appeals court in New York ruled. The worker, who does not speak or read English well, applied to work with 62 businesses over a six-month period and used the services of a job-location firm.

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Civilian 911 Response

A husband and wife who were violently attacked by a murderer when they checked on their neighbor at the request of law enforcement cannot sue police for damages and are only entitled to workers’ compensation, the Supreme Court of California ruled. The neighbor had whispered “help” on a 911 call, but a sheriff’s corporal told the couple the call was probably related to stormy weather.

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Workers’ Comp

A Washington state law that amended a workers’ compensation scheme for workers at a decommissioned federal nuclear production site does not discriminate against the federal government, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The law established for workers at the site a presumption that certain conditions and cancers are occupational diseases.

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Hanford Nuclear Site

The United States brought a federal complaint over Washington state’s bill “Hanford Site Employees — Occupational Disease Presumption,” saying it burdens and discriminates against the USA and federal contractors by presuming that anyone who worked at the Hanford Nuclear Site, and developed certain diseases, is eligible for workers’ compensation.

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