News Digest 12-10-2019

Quote of the day

“They have a 182-page brief that outlines the issues that they saw with the case. I think it would be irresponsible for me not to, at this point, take it to the next step because the cost, at this point, is minimal.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

The Gazette



Iowa governor pledges appeal of verdict against former governor in discrimination suit

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration recently announced it will appeal a July jury verdict jury that concluded the state’s former governor Terry Branstad and his former legal counsel discriminated against former state workers’ compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey, who is gay. The Gazette


Virginia Beach mass shooting led to 450 workers’ comp claims

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that 450 employees of the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia have filed for workers’ compensation benefits related to the mass shooting there on May 31 that resulted in the deaths of 12 people. The vast majority of the claims are for mental health reasons. NBC 12 [with video]


Washington roofer charged with illegally collecting $25K in workers’ comp checks

A 49-year-old Federal Way, Washington man has been charged with collecting $25,000 from a workers’ compensation claim while continuing to work construction. The roofer was injured in 2017 when he fell 16 feet from a ladder and broke his collarbone, ribs and a wrist and suffered a collapsed lung. News Tribune


Australia: Paramedics claims spike in NSW

The number of claims by New South Wales paramedics has spiked by 75 percent in three years, as they struggle to deal with the long hours and conditions. 9News [with video]