Obama in contention with fellow Democrats over workers’ comp

United States President Barack Obama is advocating for a reduction in workers’ compensation benefits for federal employees, a move not backed by his fellow Democrats, according the Washington Post on May 31.

The Labor Department is calling for a one rate proposal – 70% for all – a move that would result in reduced benefits for future workers’ compensation recipients, although Democrats and their union allies are working against this move.

At present, injured workers with no dependents receive a compensation of two-thirds of their pre-injury wages and employees with dependents, who comprise 64% of the total number of recipients in the country, receive a 75% compensation level.

The politics of workers’ compensation result in a system that is often difficult to navigate without the help of an experienced attorney. Fortunately, the team of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, in Raleigh is dedicated to representing those who have been injured on the job in pursuit of the funds they need to recover. Call our offices at (910) 488-1600 today to learn more.

Bill protecting companies from undercover threats passed

House Bill 405, a bill that seeks to eliminate employees who are secretly working against their employers, has been approved by the North Carolina Senate in a 32-13 vote, the Times-News reported on May 19.

The bill originally targeted undercover investigations of farm conditions by animal rights activists but was expanded to include all workplaces.

A provision of the bill allows a civil recourse for employers to file a lawsuit against employees who use their positions to steal documents or to illegally take note of company records that are not public knowledge. However, some critics say this bill reduces the protection of whistleblowers, who would then be discouraged to report illegitimate or illegal practices by their employer.

The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, help those who have been injured in Raleigh workplace accidents. Call us at (919) 851-3311 today to discuss your options for receiving financial compensation while you are unable to work.