News Digest 11-1-2019

Quote of the day

“We will hold everyone accountable.”

New Orleans Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell, regarding the Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse that killed three construction workers and injured dozens of others last month in New Orleans

New Orleans Times-Picayune



High school basketball coach accused of workers’ compensation fraud

New York’s Haldane High School girls varsity basketball coach faces charges of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly reporting a work-related knee injury in 2016 while employed as a municipal bus driver, and collecting benefits while working as a coach. Rockland/Westchester Journal News/lohud


Workers’ comp law: Which state has jurisdiction?

Which state has jurisdiction to address a work-related injury is a common issue in workers’ compensation practice, especially in an area of the country where workers frequently live in one state and work in another, writes attorney Marci Hill Jordan. There are six factors to look at when deciding which state is responsible for workers’ comp benefits. National Law Review


Restaurants are getting louder, posing health hazards to employees

Restaurant owners and designers have embraced loud interiors by shunning sound-dampening drapes, tablecloths and upholstery, putting their kitchens on display and cranking the stereo, all decisions made to generate buzz and increase ticket averages, but the trend has generated blowback. Noise in restaurants affects workers even more than diners, because the continuous volume leads to hearing problems. Sarasota Magazine


Workers’ bodies must remain at New Orleans hotel site until stabilization plan is done

City officials in New Orleans this week said the bodies of two dead construction workers in the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel cannot be recovered until contractors complete plans to further stabilize the building ahead of an eventual demolition. The October 12 collapse killed three construction workers and injured dozens of others. New Orleans Times-Picayune