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Geaney’s 2015 Workers’ Comp Manual Highlights

By on November 21, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

The 2015 Manual is a compilation of prior editions with particular emphasis on cases decided in 2013-2014 as well as the addition of important chapters for practitioners of workers’ compensation. Several Supreme Court decisions and numerous appellate division decisions are analyzed in this edition. Some of the 2015 Edition highlights are as follows: New chapter […]

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Third Circuit Court Holds Employer May Have Violated Law against Discrimination in Firing Long-Time Employee

By on November 14, 2014 in Discrimination with 0 Comments

Segundo Rojas worked 28 years for Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.  In June 2011, Rojas was approved to leave work for a vacation to Ecuador set to last from June 27 to July 12, 2011.  However, he became ill in Ecuador from diverticulitis and did not return until September 12, 2011. Rojas claimed that he was […]

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Third Circuit Finds Employer May Have Interfered with FMLA Rights by Not Allowing Employee with Doctor’s Clearance to Return to Work

By on November 6, 2014 in FMLA with 0 Comments
Third Circuit Finds Employer May Have Interfered with FMLA Rights by Not Allowing Employee with Doctor’s Clearance to Return to Work

The case of Budhun v. Reading Hospital and Medical Center, 765 F.3d 245 (3d Cir. 2014) shows how complex return-to-work issues can be under FMLA.  The plaintiff in that case, Vanessa Budhun, worked as a credential assistant for Reading Hospital.  About sixty five percent of her job required typing.  Budhun took about four weeks of […]

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Court Deems Nanny “Special Employee” And Therefore Barred From Suing Homeowners for Negligence

By on October 30, 2014 in Exclusive Remedy with 0 Comments

Nilda Zulueta owned Artime, Inc, doing business as Cardel Jewelers, in New York City.  She employed plaintiff Mirtala Pineda to clean the jewelry store and Zulueta’s home in North Bergen, New Jersey, after Pineda had immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 1990. In 2004, Zulueta directed Pineda to work full-time at the […]

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EEOC Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Access to Light Duty

By on October 23, 2014 in Discrimination with 0 Comments

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued Enforcement Guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).  That law was passed in 1978 to make clear that discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The basic premise of […]

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Petitioner Failed To Prove Her Husband’s Death From Multiple Myeloma Was Related To Possible Benzene Exposure During A Five Year Period

By on October 13, 2014 in Causation with 0 Comments

Decedent, Gerald Hallquist, worked as a laboratory technician for E.I. Dupont de Nemours (hereinafter Dupont) from 1968 until his retirement in 1998.  Between 1977 and 1982, he worked in the quality control lab with liquid chemicals, including benzene.  He wore safety gloves and a uniform supplied by Dupont.  When working with certain chemicals, the decedent […]

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Court of Appeals Explains When Employer Can Require Fitness for Duty Exam in Case Involving University of Maryland Professor

By on October 3, 2014 in ADA, Discrimination with 1 Comment
Court of Appeals Explains When Employer Can Require Fitness for Duty Exam in Case Involving University of Maryland Professor

When can an employer require a physical or mental fitness-for-duty examination? That was the issue in Coursey v. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12407 (4th Cir. 2014). Over a period of years, beginning in 2004, students and faculty members lodged complaints about the conduct of Professor Leon Coursey.  The allegations concerned […]

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Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Leave in Excess of Six Months Is not a Reasonable Accommodation

By on September 23, 2014 in ADA with 0 Comments
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Leave in Excess of Six Months Is not a Reasonable Accommodation

Grace Hwang worked as an assistant Professor at Kansas State University.  Before the fall term began, she found out she had cancer and needed treatment.  She requested a six month leave of absence, which Kansas State granted.  As the spring term approached, Hwang’s doctor indicated that she would need additional leave time.  She requested another […]

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Court Finds Joint Employment for Golf Course Superintendent and Applies “Bunkhouse Rule” in Holding Injury at Residence to Be Compensable

By on September 15, 2014 in Exclusive Remedy with 0 Comments
Court Finds Joint Employment for Golf Course Superintendent and Applies “Bunkhouse Rule” in Holding Injury at Residence to Be Compensable

Eric Hanisko worked as a superintendent of a 120-acre golf course in West Windsor, N.J.  He accepted a written offer of employment in February 2008 on behalf of BCGM, a corporation specializing in golf course management, and CGC, the owner of the golf club.  His employment package included housing at the club. On April 11, […]

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OSHA Is Considering New Reporting Procedures for Employers for Work Injuries

By on September 4, 2014 in Special Update with 1 Comment

Employers continue to deal with federal intrusions in workers’ compensation: the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute and now new rules being considered by OSHA.  On November 8, 2013, OSHA published a notice of proposed rule-making to amend the agency’s regulations on reporting injuries and illnesses. OSHA is concerned that injury reporting may be inaccurate because employers […]

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