Friday, November 30, 2007

SWMS Associated With Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, will designate overnight shift work as a probable carcinogen according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. Judge David Torrey identifies the 1998 case of Met. Ed. v WCAB, 718 A2d 759 (Pa. 1998) as the Supreme Court case which previously held shift work maladaptation syndrome is not a compensible injury.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Report From National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo

Human Resource Executive Online summarizes a discussion from the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo about outcome based workers’ compensation management. The panelists are all names Pennsylvania workers’ compensation practitioners will recognize.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Furlough Benefits Are Not Severance Benefits

In G. Kelly v. WCAB (US Airways Group, Inc.) the Commonwealth Court reversed the opinion of the Board and WCJ that furlough benefits are severance benefits for which the Employer is entitled to a credit under Section 204(a) of the Act. The Court applied a plain language analysis.