News Digest 6-20-2022


South Dakota justices rule on workers’ comp case against school district

The South Dakota Supreme Court last week ruled mostly in favor of a former employee’s workers’ compensation case against the Rapid City School District. She had appealed a circuit court ruling supporting the state labor department’s determination that she was not entitled to out-of-network doctor fees. The former employee argued she was entitled to the money because the school district and insurer denied she ever was injured, which means she legally would be allowed to see anyone her main provider referred her. Rapid City Journal


Wages in Washington state increased last year

Strong demand for employees drove employers to increase wages across all industry sectors in Washington state, according to the state Employment Security Department. The average weekly wage, a statistic used to calculate unemployment benefit claims filed, paid family and medical leave benefits filed, employers’ taxable wage base and workers compensation benefits, grew from $1,475 in 2020 to $1,586 in 2021, according to the agency. The Olympian


Roadworker struck by Virginia trooper’s vehicle

An employee of a private contractor who was setting up signage for upcoming roadway work was seriously injured Friday morning when struck by a state trooper’s vehicle in Virginia. Suffolk News-Herald


Injured steelworker rescued from elevated beam at stadium

Firefighters and construction workers last week rescued a 28-year-old injured steelworker who was trapped 40 feet high on a narrow steel beam at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, while working on an expansion project. Sun Chronicle