Low wages and frequent injuries for nursing home employees in Pennsylvania

A guest column by Bill Parkinson in the Carlisle Sentinel caught my eye.  The essence of Mr. Parkinson's article is the pathetic nature of the low wages paid to nursing home employees. There’s clearly something terribly askew about a system wherein the individuals we trust to care for those we love aren’t paid a living wage. That inequity speaks volumes — tearfully sad volumes — about our priorities, our respect for our relatives and ourselves. How right he is. I…

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When Will I Get My First Workers Compensation Check?

One of the most frequently asked questions my office receives is --- when will I get my first workers compensation check?  Frequently, the answer I provide is not what the injured worker wants to hear.  Let me explain. First and foremost, the first thing to understand is that any payments that may be due you may not begin flowing until after three weeks.  Why?  The Statute provides the employer a 21 day window to investigate the work injury claim.  The…

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Will Workers Compensation Carriers See More Reporting Requirement to Social Security?

According to a paragraph in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) proposed fiscal 2016 budget,  SSA would require “private insurers that administer” workers comp and public disability benefits to report data on those benefits to SSA.  This reporting requirement would be a new mandate placed on workers compensation insurance carriers. “It would require insurers or others covered under this proposed rule to determine the Social Security status of a particular workers compensation claimant. So it would certainly add a burden in…

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PA Workers Compensation rates reduce nearly 6%

Some injured workers that come in and see me have feelings of guilt because they were injured at work and are being told by their employer that they are costing them money.  They are being told that workers compensation insurance rates are spiraling upwards. First and foremost, get rid of the guilt.  Remember, you did not ask to go to work the day and become injured.  It isn't your fault.  In many cases, it may even be the working conditions,…

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