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When are “Work from Home” injuries covered by Florida Workers’ Compensation?
More and more employers are permitting employees to work from home, for some or all of their work week.   This raises the potential of home-related injuries being claimed by injured employees under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, even though the employer has no control over the home-based office space of the employee.  What are th...
Are Contractors Required to Submit Injury data to OSHA?
Yes, if your construction company employs at least 20 employees.  This new legal obligation was added to contractors several years ago.   OSHA implemented the new recordkeeping rule to require specific employers (including construction contractors) to electronically submit to OSHA information from its OSHA 300A form (Summary of Work-Related...
Alternate OSHA DART Rate Calculation Formula for Small Businesses
  We’ve come across a very interesting Interpretation letter published by OSHA, regarding the unfair impact to small companies of using standard injury rate calculations. Traditionally, DART, as well as any other type of OSHA incident rates, are based on a single year’s sum of incidents, multiplied by 200,000 and then divided by th...
What is a Fitness for Duty form?
Recently, a client called to ask about an employee who had complained about a back and shoulder injury.  The employee told his foreman that he did not feel that he was physically capable of performing his normal work duties as a construction laborer due to pain.  He asserted that it was a workers’ compensation case......
Florida Work Comp rates dropping in 2018
It’s final.  This week, the Florida Insurance Commissioner issued a directive for workers’ compensation rates to be decreased by 9.8% beginning in 2018.  His final order increased the rate reductions recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).  In addition, State Insurance Commissioner David Almaier asked N...
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