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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Historic $7.75M Settlement of NJ Child Labor Law Violations with Chipotle Mexican Grill

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo and Attorney General Matt Platkin announced today that they have reached an agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill to resolve alleged widespread and persistent violations of the state’s child labor laws. Under today’s groundbreaking settlement with NJDOL, the popular fast-food restaurant chain will pay $7.75 million, and has agreed to a far-reaching compliance plan for its 85 New Jersey locations aimed at putting an end to these practices.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission issues guidance for workplaces

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission has issued guidance for workplaces as a first step toward formulating and approving standards for Workplace Impairment Recognition Expert certifications.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Establishing Causal Relationship: Long COVID Biomarkers

Identifiable biomarkers may provide objective evidence in proving a Long COVID claim. A recent report highlights developments in identifying the risk of Long COVID through immune profiling.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

US Supreme Court Asked to Review PREP Act Immunity

The US Supreme Court [SCOTUS] has been asked to review whether the PREP Act [The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. §§ 247d-6d, 247d-6e] pre-empts a claim for willful misconduct,

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Uber Pays $100M Fine in NJ Driver Misclassification Case

Uber Technologies Inc. and a subsidiary have submitted a $100 million payment to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (NJDOL’s) Unemployment Trust Fund after an audit found the ride-share companies improperly classified hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent contractors, depriving them of crucial safety-net benefits such as unemployment, temporary disability, and family leave insurance, and failed to make required contributions toward unemployment, temporary disability, and workforce development.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

CMS Expands Options for Defense Submissions for CRCP

Commercial Repayment Center Portal (CRCP) Defense Submission Frequently Asked Questions

Recently a change was made to the portal that allows CRCP users to associate defenses to the individual claims included in recovery demands. This more granular response to demands, where Group Health Plans (GHPs) specify the basis of defense submissions, allows for more efficient and accurate reviews of the submitted defenses. What follows are answers to frequently asked questions received by the Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) in regard to this change. Additional details on the functionality are available in Version 3.2 of the CRCP User Guide, which is available in the “Reference Materials” section of the CRCP.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Dual Employment and the Proposed NLRB Joint-Employer Standard

Workers’ compensation claims may be pursued against two companies if there is found to be joint employment. While case law defines employment status, the US National Labor Relations Board has issued a proposed Rule to substantiate a dual employer status.