2019 Mileage Rates Reach Second Highest in Twenty Years

Every year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues the annual mileage rates, and like clockwork, the IRS has released the updated rates for 2019. This year the mileage rate has increased from 54.5 cents per mile to 58 cents per mile, which reflects a 6.42 percent increase from 2018. A review of the mileage rates from 1997 to present show rates as low as 31 cents (1999) and as high
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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: Latest Updates on Amending The Compassionate Care Act

At the end of 2018, the original sponsors of the Compassionate Care Act, New York State Senator Savino (D) and Assemblymember Gottfried (D), introduced legislation that will require the following public health insurance plans in New York State to cover medical marijuana: Medicaid Child Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Workers’ Compensation Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program, and Family Health Plus Plan. The bill remained inactive in the fall and has yet to be re-introduced
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Jurisdictional Speed Bumps in the Trucking Industry

When are Claims Compensable in New York Workers’ Compensation Law? Workers’ Compensation claims are usually straight-forward – a claimant is injured on the job and brings a claim for benefits. Sometimes, though, claims are not always that simple at the outset. A claimant may live in one state, and be injured in a different state, while working for an employer whose base is in a third state. These situations can
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Recent Trends an “Inextricably Intertwined’ Universe

Oftentimes we see applicants who sustain a specific injury but continue to work thereafter and simultaneously developed a cumulative trauma injury. When evaluating an applicant, the California Labor Code specifically requires a physician to determine what percentage of disability was caused by each industrial injury. This is consistent with the new system of apportionment under SB 899 and the enactment of Labor Code section 4663 and section 4664 which is based
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PFME: What Exactly Does it Mean and Why is it Important to Understand?

As we all know when a workers’ compensation claim is brought forward, the claimant needs to prove two basic points: (1) that he or she has an injury or illness and (2) that the illness or injury was obtained while in the course and scope of his or her employment. For a claim that is accepted from its inception, the above two points are generally easy to find in the
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Is a Workplace Injury Caused by a Non-Occupational Medical Condition Compensable? Connecticut Appellate Court says “Yes” in Clements v. Aramark Corporation

It is a fundamental principle of Connecticut workers’ compensation law that in order for an injury to be compensable, it must occur in the course of and arise out of the claimant’s employment. In the recent Appellate Court decision of Clements v. Aramark Corp., the court considered whether an employee who fell and injured herself at work due to an unrelated medical condition met this burden. In a critical decision
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The Gig is Up: Couriers in the Gig Economy are not Employees in New York

The gig economy is an example of the changing workforce in our society. With that change comes the challenge of determining the employment status, under the law, of couriers who perform services in the gig economy. The appellate court in New York State recently tackled that challenge in Vega v. Postmates Inc., 162 A.D.3d 1337 (3d. Dept. 2018) and held that such couriers are not employees for the purpose of
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Exercising At Work Could Cause Claimants to Exercise their Rights to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Many employers offer a wide variety of benefits to their employees, including on-site gym memberships. While it may be a benefit to the employee, it could lead to Workers’ Compensation liability to the employer. Generally, for an accident to be compensable, it must both occur in the course of employment and arise out of the employment. In order to find that an accidental injury occurred in the course of employment,
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Does a Denial of a “Defective” RB-89 Constitute a Denial of Due Process?

Recently, the Workers’ Compensation legal community has seen a series of decisions issued by the Workers’ Compensation Board that seem to mark a change in policy on behalf of the Workers Compensation Board. Specifically, the decisions have focused around one crucial issue- does a party’s failure to properly and fully completely fill out the required form to maintain an application for board review or rebuttal (RB-89 or RB-89.1) render the
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Difficulties and Questions Presented by the Board’s New Digital Audio Recordings

Since the inception of the statewide virtual hearing platform in March of this year, there have been many concerns over the efficiency and effectiveness of the new hearing process. One of the major concerns has been whether there will be a clear, concise, and easily accessible record of workers’ compensation hearings. The virtual hearing platform brought with it a digital audio recording system that records all workers’ compensation hearings verbatim.
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