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Feeling Down Under – when the doctor’s “sick note” won’t cut it

The management of long term sickness absence cases can be difficult.  This is particularly so if an employee is reluctant to provide information about his condition and prognosis.  This is often amplified by the fact that in keeping with the Australian Medical Association guidelines, many medical certificates only state that the employee is unfit to … Continue Reading

Supporting those affected by cancer to return to work

In the UK there are currently over 750,000 people of working age living with cancer.  This represents over a third of the 2 million living with cancer, and with survival rates improving and people retiring later, that proportion is likely to increase. More than 40% of people diagnosed with cancer make changes to their working … Continue Reading

Keeping your employees in the dark about night work in the UK?

The BBC has reported that working at night can have an adverse long term effect on the health of employees. According to scientists at the Sleep Research Centre in Surrey, working night shifts affects the body’s natural rhythm or body clock and can alter hormone levels, mood and brain function. For those without medical degrees, … Continue Reading

Court Orders Ohio BWC to Pay Employers $860 Million; Ohio BWC Appeals

A Cleveland court in San Allen Inc. v. Bureau of Workers Compensation, Cuyahoga Cty. Case No. CV-07-644950, recently held that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) must reimburse employers $860 million in premium overcharges from 2001 to 2009.  The BWC, of course, appealed the decision on April 16, 2013. The relevant case was originally … Continue Reading

Risky business – French employers’ liability for over-work illness

Under French law, the employer must take all necessary measures to protect the “security” as well as physical and mental health of its employees. This includes the obligation to assess the psychological and social risks linked to the activities of the business. In cases of work-related illness recognised as such by the Social Security Administration … Continue Reading

Ohio Employer Intentional Tort – Employer Intent Required

In an opinion released today, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld its prior interpretation of Ohio Revised Code §2745.01(A), the employer intentional tort statute.  Houdek v. ThyssenKrupp Materials N.A., Inc., Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-5685 [pdf].  The statute currently requires that an employee must show that the employer committed a tortious act with intent to injure or … Continue Reading