News Digest 12-5-2019

Quote of the day

“The economy is good right now. It’s good in Kentucky. It’s good across the nation. In fact, a main issue is the need for skilled workers … we’ve made great strides in our economic development. We’ve updated our tax code. We’ve passed the workers’ comp bill which has saved 25 percent from every employer in Kentucky in less than two years.”

Ashli Watts is president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

The Gleaner



Kentucky Chamber CEO discusses legislative priorities

Ashli Watts, president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, lists some of the legislative priorities the chamber expects to push in the 2020 session of the state’s General Assembly. The Gleaner


Appeals court narrowly preserves workers’ compensation suit against Canada

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that sovereign immunity does not protect Canada against a claim brought by a clerical worker who sustained injuries while working at its Boston consulate, reasoning Canada was subject to jurisdiction pursuant to the commercial activity exception under 28 U.S.C. §1605(a)(2).


Florida police officer facing termination after injury

A veteran Orlando, Florida police officer is expected to receive a formal letter of termination in connection with an injury that has left her on light duty since May 2018, but her attorney says the anticipated termination violates the American’s with Disabilities Act. The officer has contended she is not ready to return to full duty. ClickOrlando


Wisconsin bill aims to reduce workplace violence at hospitals

A bipartisan bill in the Wisconsin legislature would hold individuals responsible when they harm any healthcare provider working at a hospital. Under current law, people only face Class H felony charges if they hurt emergency room staff, EMS personnel or an ambulance driver. The bill would not charge someone who has a brain injury/disorder, developmental disability or serious mental health illness. WKOW (Madison, Wisc.)