News Digest 10-7-2021


Oregon OSHA administrator resigns to take job with Washington state

Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood will leave his post at the end of this month to take a job with the State of Washington, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced Tuesday. Wood has served as administrator of Oregon OSHA for 16 years. Before joining the State of Oregon in his current position, he worked for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for more than two decades. KTVZ (Bend, Ore.)


Arkansas: Woman pleads guilty in $4M kickback scheme

A former executive with a Rogers medical supply and billing company pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal fraud and kickback charges related to a scheme that ran from 2011 until 2017 and defrauded both federal and private workers’ compensation insurers. Physicians were recruited under the scheme to dispense pain creams and patches to their workers’ compensation patients by offering the doctors a split of the profit collected from billing insurers, typically 50 percent. Arkansas Online


Attorney discusses reducing workers’ comp, OSHA liability during COVID-19 and beyond

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many workplaces rapidly transitioned to a remote work environment in an effort to keep employees safe. Sue Roudebush of Bricker & Eckler LLP addresses workers’ compensation and OSHA considerations in connection with work-from-home opportunities in the post-COVID era, so healthcare providers can determine whether the benefits of remote working outweigh any potential risks. JD Supra


Kellogg employees latest to down tools over workers’ comp issues

Less than a month after resolving a dispute with Nabisco parent company Mondelez over employee contracts, the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union is facing another impasse over workers’ compensation – this time with Kellogg Company. Bakery and Snacks


‘Law’s Finest Hour,’ tort lawyers and 9/11

Leo V. Boyle recalls the frantic 60 hours after the 9/11 terror attacks of 2001, as pro bono tort attorneys from across the country came together and rushed to head off potentially pointless class action and craft the $7 billion victims’ compensation fund. Legal Talk Network