Michigan Court of Appeals provides guidance on who can be excluded from workers’ compensation as an independent contractor.
Michigan law requires workers’ compensation insurance for most employees. This is to protect both the employee and the employer in the event of a work accident. Failure to comply with this requirement is considered a misdemeanor and subjects the employer to civil liability.
Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a major problem in the workers’ compensation system. This is done by dishonest employers who want to save money on insurance premiums. It shifts the costs of work injuries to other payers like government programs and private health insurance. This ends up increasing costs for everyone.
How corporations continue to look for ways to save money and why this comes at everyone’s expense.
Slate reports that Applebee’s plans to install a tablet at every table in its 1,860 restaurants across the United States. This will allow customers to order food and pay the bill without any personal interaction. Applebee’s denies this is an attempt to replace its waitstaff.
Slate points out that switching will have major advantages. Using tablets could bring down costs near 42 cents per hour per table. “Moreover, no manager needs to train it, replace it if it quits, or offer it sick days.”
Five ways our office staff can help you have a better experience with your workers compensation case.
Kai is our main receptionist and office assistant. She is the first line of contact when you call our law firm. She has a great perspective on office procedure and can help you with many problems.
She believes thinking positively can have a beneficial impact on your workers compensation case. Here are five tips from Kai to help you better understand the process and get a great result.
How to avoid 3 huge mistakes that can put your workers compensation benefits at risk.
Yesterday, we blogged about common mistakes people make with their cases. These mistakes can jeopardize their ability to collect workers compensation benefits. Here are some suggestions on how you can avoid these issues and protect yourself.
Remember, every case is different and it is best to speak with an experienced workers compensation lawyer about your individual situation.
Mistake #1: Refusing to attend the IME
You are generally required to attend an independent medical evaluation (IME) if scheduled by your employer or its insurance company. Failure to keep this appointment could result in forfeiture of workers compensation benefits.
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Our list of 3 huge mistakes that can harm your workers compensation case and jeopardize your benefits in Michigan.
Payment of workers compensation benefits is governed by state law. The Workers Disability Compensation Act (“Act”) defines both employee and employer rights in the event of a work accident.
Not every situation is covered but there are some common issues. If a dispute occurs, it must be decided by a magistrate. Here is our list of 3 big mistakes that can harm your case. Check back tomorrow for how to deal with these issues.
Mistake #1: Refusing to attend the IME
Reflecting on challenges our clients face and making plans for the future of workers compensation in Michigan.
Thanksgiving is a great American tradition and our office will be closed today. It’s time to give thanks for all the good things that have happened in the last year. We will be spending time with family, watching the Lions play football, and eating turkey.
We also use this holiday to reflect on challenges facing our clients. Many of whom are having trouble putting food on the table. Real people suffer when insurance companies make bad decisions.
Michigan workers compensation lawyer discuses why some issues are decided before trial even begins.
Magistrates are appointed by the governor to preside over workers compensation trials. These are formal hearings and testimony is taken under oath. Medical and vocational evidence is usually submitted through depositions.
The magistrate will determine the facts and law. This includes whether a person sustained a work-related injury and how much should be paid. Reasonable and necessary medical treatment can also be ordered.
State of Michigan launches new website to promote healthier work environments.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has launched the Healthy Work Environments Platform. This online tool is designed to help businesses promote healthier work environments. Check out the press release and website here.
Wellness programs have been shown to reduce workers comp costs across the board. Healthier employees are less likely to get hurt and return to work faster. This results in lower insurance premiums and greater productivity. Other positive benefits include improved employee recruitment, retention, and morale.
Michigan workers compensation lawyer provides facts and statistics for 2012 and 2013.
Fact #1: The maximum rate for 2013 is $798.00 per week. This is based upon a state average weekly wage of $886.56. No employee is allowed to receive more than 90% of the state average weekly wage regardless of lost income.
Fact #2: The average workers compensation settlement in 2012 was $61,960.62. This represents a small decline from the previous year.
Fact #3: The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), a not-for-profit organization, found that medical payments in Michigan were typically lower than all 16 states in its 2013 study.
Michigan workers compensation lawyer describes four types of clients and why professional help is necessary to protect your legal rights.
George Carlin has a great observation about lawyers: “If you have a legal problem, guess how you determine whether or not you need a lawyer. You see a lawyer. Isn’t that weird?”
Most of our clients never dreamed of filing a claim for workers compensation benefits. The last thing on their mind is hiring a lawyer and filing a case.
Misconceptions and half-truths have vilified people who claim workers compensation benefits. Here are four types of clients that we regularly see in our office.