New Digest 2-21-2020

Quote of the day

“At the end of the day, this is about clarity and giving Missouri businesses some certainty in how they operate.”

Missouri state Sen. Sen. David Sater

St. Louis Post-Dispatch



Arizona court approves workers’ comp for police high-stress situations

An Arizona court has ruled law enforcement officers can claim workers’ compensation if they’re diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental conditions because of extraordinarily stressful incidents on the job. The case arose after the state industrial commission denied a county deputy’s claim resulting from a 2017 incident in which the deputy had a shotgun pointed at him at close range by a man who was then shot and killed by the deputy and another officer. Washington Times


Missouri legislation would allow testing of employees for medical cannabis

Proposed legislation would allow Missouri employers to test employees and prospective employees for medical cannabis, give them discretion to act based on the test results and allow employers to prohibit its use at their businesses. It is the second year the bill’s sponsor has filed the legislation. St. Louis Post-Dispatch



How do consumers feel when companies get political?

There was a time when companies, big and small, shied away from politics. Things have changed: As society became politically polarized, companies became more activist. Harvard Business Review


South Carolina: New imaging technology crucial to $550K workers’ comp settlement

A man who suffered permanent brain damage in a workplace accident has reached a $550,000 confidential workers’ compensation settlement after using advanced technology to challenge the evaluation made by the neurologist assigned by the defendant, according to his attorney. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly [may require registration]


Dying alone in grain bins

Since June, there have been nine deaths and three rescues in Minnesota grain bins and silos. However, because all of the accidents occurred on small farms, there was no state or federal investigation into any of the cases. Researchers at Purdue University say initial numbers indicate Minnesota is leading the nation in farm accidents this year. KMSP (Eden Prairie, Minn.)