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Puerto Rico Issues Guidelines Implementing Law Against Workplace Bullying

Puerto Rico Issues Guidelines Implementing Law Against Workplace Bullying

In August of 2020 Puerto Rico became the first U.S. Territory or State to establish a cause of action dealing with bullying in the workplace. The Puerto Rico Department of Labor issued its sample guidelines for employer compliance on February 3, 2021. Although this act applies only to Puerto Rico it provides an example of protocols for use by employers everywhere.

Subrogation Claims Against COVID Vaccine Manufacturers

Subrogation Claims Against COVID Vaccine Manufacturers

We have received questions from clients regarding the possibility of subrogation claims against the manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines. The short answer is no. The reasons are interesting. The end result of injuries or claims by employees required to be vaccinated will likely fall on the workers’ compensation system.

New Workplace Bullying Guidance for Employers

New Workplace Bullying Guidance for Employers

Bullying is a worldwide problem and the most recent guidance comes from Ireland. Their new 54 page Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work is valuable for any employer seeking clarification on what constitutes bullying and how to deal with it.

Upcoming Webinar: The Hidden Costs of Workplace Bullying

Upcoming Webinar: The Hidden Costs of Workplace Bullying

Whether it involves derogatory comments, relentless intimidation or outright threats, bullying has no place in society or the workplace. However, each year large numbers of workers’ compensation claims, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits are brought against employers in all jurisdictions. The hidden costs of this are staggering.

Governor Newsom Signs Two Bills dealing with COVID-19: SB1159 and AB685

Governor Newsom Signs Two Bills dealing with COVID-19: SB1159 and AB685

Following the Executive Order of May 6, 2020 allowing any COVID-19 related illness of an employee to be presumed industrially compensable, on September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom approved two bills that specifically address the COVID-19 crisis. This post provides details of each law and our thoughts.

Update to WCAB Procedures, Effective September 14, 2020

Update to WCAB Procedures, Effective September 14, 2020

Here are the latest updates from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). Starting September 14, 2020, the WCAB will resume holding Lien Trials, which have been postponed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Lien Trials will be limited to just one per judge per day.