News Digest 4-15-2021


New Pennsylvania chief justice hears dispute over role of pharmacies in workers’ comp reviews

Whether pharmacies have a due process interest in determining whether an injured employee’s care is necessary under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was one of the key arguments in the first session led by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer, who took over as the high court’s leader at the beginning of April. Legal Intelligencer [may require registration]


Massachusetts tax service fined for prohibiting employees and clients from wearing masks

The owner of a Lynn, Massachusetts tax-preparation service faces more than $136,000 in penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly prohibiting her employees and customers from wearing masks and social distancing. Fed-OSHA opened its March 17 inspection after a referral from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Division of Labor Standards. Boston Herald


Massachusetts Appeals Court rules on total disability/alternative employment

Where an injured ironworker was denied permanent total disability payments, that decision should be affirmed because there was no abuse of discretion in an administrative judge’s finding that the claimant could hold down a minimum wage retail job, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has held. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly [may require registration]


How Texas employers are handling vaccine situation

Many employers are hoping to get their employees inoculated. In turn, they face an array of legal considerations. Where will employers go from here? Tyler Morning Telegraph