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When is employment truly concurrent?

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines ”concurrent” as: operating or occurring at the same time. “Not necessarily so!” says the Commonwealth Court. The definition is not to be strictly applied when defining employment under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act....

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE RE: HOUSE BILL 930

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation that will significantly increase workers’ compensation costs in Pennsylvania.  House Bill 930 seeks to amend the provisions of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act addressing disfigurement...

NEW COMMONWEALTH COURT CASE CONFIRMS THAT EMPLOYER ACTED PROPERLY IN REFUSING TO PAY FOR PRESCRIPTIONS NOT CAUSALLY RELATED TO THE WORK INJURY DESPITE UNCHALLENGED UTILIZATION REVIEW (UR) DETERMINATION THAT FOUND PRESCRIPTIONS TO BE REASONABLE AND NECESSARY

Theresa Skay v. Borjeson & Maizel LLC(WCAB) ___A.3D___ (Pa.  Cmwlth.  filed 5/10/22; reported 7/26/22) No 999 C.D. 2021. As we know Employers have been in a quandary since the 2020 Commonwealth Court’s decision in Workers’ First Pharmacy Services, LLC v. Bureau of...

COVID-19 AND THE WORKPLACE

According to statistics published by the PA Department of Labor & Industry, 14,013 new workers’ compensation claims were filed alleging to exposure to the COVID-19 virus during 2020.  As of this writing, 7,284 such claims have been filed this year. Like any claim...