Tag: work-related injury

OSHA’s preliminary list of top workplace safety violations for FY 2017, which ended September 30, bears a striking resemblance to the 2016 list and the 2015 list. In other words, workplace safety violations are predictable and thoughtful companies can use the information to keep their workforce safe and build a culture of safety. With more…

Earlier this week, OSHA suspended use of the portal due to a possible security breach. At this time, OSHA reports that one employer’s data was affected and the agency has notified the employer.

Question: When a person goes on workers’ compensation leave, do we have to draw up Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) papers? Answer: As a best practice, a leave of absence due to a medical condition caused by a work related injury should be treated as any other medically related leave of absence and therefore…

Question: Should an employer ask an employee who injured himself at home to document in writing that the injury is not work-related? Does the employee need to provide a note from his doctor releasing him to return to work? Answer: It is fairly common for employers to have an employee complete some form of time off request…

Question: Do we need to get a HIPAA release from the employee to review the medical information for a work-related injury? Answer: It is our understanding that HIPAA authorization is really not required for Workers’ Comp information used to determine benefits to an injured worker. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, the…