News Digest 12-4-2019

Quote of the day

“Life expectancy is improving in many places in the world. It shouldn’t be declining in the United States.”

Joshua M. Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Fair Warning


San Antonio clinic operator sentenced for fraud

The operator of two physical therapy clinics, who was convicted of defrauding the workers’ compensation program out of more than $6 million, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison and restitution. San Antonio Express-News [may require registration]


US life expectancy drops for third straight year

Life expectancy for the average American has fallen for the third year in a row, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, with the sharpest declines in the 25 to 64 age group. Fair Warning


Illinois law: Merged entity employee qualifies for new company’s workers’ comp

An Illinois appeals court recently held that the workers’ compensation carrier for the surviving corporation following a merger was responsible for payment of workers’ compensation benefits to an injured employee formerly on the payroll of the corporation that no longer exists. Chicago Law Bulletin [may require registration]


Defining employment relationships in the gig economy

Alan Pierce talks with Indiana attorney Roger Finderson about what “gig economy” really means and how to draw the distinction between employees and independent contractors. Legal Talk Network [with audio]