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.
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.
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.
Our General Counsel, Jeff Adelson, is part of a great panel discussion today at WorkCompCentral’s Comp Laude event. Registration for this event is free. All details can be found at https://www.complaude.com/.
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance expanding the pool of people considered at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus by changing the definition of who is a “close contact” of an infected individual.