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Monday, August 13, 2018

Reading Work e-mail After Hours Causally Linked to Employee Stress

A workers’ health is adversely impacted by the employer’s expectation that and the employee will read work-related e-mail after hours. A new study finds that an employee’s mental stress is adversely affected by such expectations.

The recent study by Virginia Tech found that “employer expectations of working email monitoring during non-work hours are detrimental to the health and well-being of not only the employees but their family members as well.”

The demands created by having work and non-work lives presents of a dilemma for employees and triggers a feeling of anxiety that adversely affects health.

“William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business, co-authored a new study, "Killing me softly: electronic communications monitoring and employee and significant-other well-being," showing that such expectations result in anxiety, which adversely affects the health of employees and their families.

"The competing demands of work and nonwork lives present a dilemma for employees,’ Becker said, ‘which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives.’”

“Other studies have shown that the stress of increased job demands leads to strain and conflict in family relationships when the employee is unable to fulfill nonwork roles at home -- ‘such as when someone brings work home to finish up.’”

“Their new study, he said, demonstrates that employees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience the harmful effects. The mere expectations of availability increase strain for employees and their significant others -- even when employees do not engage in actual work during nonwork time.”

Click here to read more, Mere expectation of checking work email after hours harms health of workers and families.

Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters).

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Verdict: $289 Million+ -- Herbicide Occupational Exposures - The Next Wave of Serious Compensation Claims

A jury reached a verdict of $289+ Million on Friday in a liability trial in San Francisco against Monsanto for the alleged carcinogenic propensities of its popular herbicide RoundUp. The claim was brought on behalf of a school groundskeeper who is suffering from terminal cancer. He alleged that his exposure to the glyphosate-based herbicide caused his illness, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The case is one of 5,000 that are now being cued-up for trial.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Deviation Off-Premises Bars Claim

The “Coming and Going Rule” has always been a grey area in determining compensability in the workers’ compensation arena. A bucket full of cases and statutory modifications have tried to establish clarity.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) Overview Webinar Thursday, August 16th , 2018

Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) Overview Webinar Thursday, August 16th , 2018 CMS will be hosting a webinar to present an overview of the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) functions, including recently added features and planned upgrades.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

NJ Workers' Compensation Rates to Increase in 2019

The NJ Division of Workers' Compensation has announced that the rates for workers' compensation benefits will increase to a maximum of $921.00 per week for temporary and permanent disability and to a minimum of $245.00.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Medical Fees: Does One Price Fit All?

The Federal government has proposed a simplified medical billing process that may impact workers' compensation billing practices going forward. Most workers' compensation fee medical fee schedules are linked either directly and indirectly the to Federal Medicare model and a proposed Rule published last week in the Federal Register proposes a single fee for all office visits.

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Jersey workers' compensation judge has ordered this municipality to cover the cost of a municipal employee's medical marijuana

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"A New Jersey worker's compensation judge has ordered this municipality to cover the cost of a municipal employee's medical marijuana, saying that the federally banned weed is safer than prescription painkillers.