News Digest 6-4-2021

Quote of the day

“The sheer lunacy of the proposed rule to require masks in the workplace through next year is matched by the total disrespect it shows our workers. California government in a nutshell.”

California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, on Twitter


New Jersey Senate bill would codify certain employment protections

The New Jersey State Senate was scheduled yesterday to vote on a significant piece of legislation that involves a change in the workers’ compensation statute, and, perhaps, employment law in general. The change involves individuals who sustain a work-related injury and are rendered disabled from returning to work at the position in which they were previously employed, writes Mark Setaro of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP. The language of this bill would essentially codify under the Workers’ Compensation Act certain employment protections that are already outlined under the state’s Laws Against Discrimination. JD Supra


Medical cannabis scores a big win with Pennsylvania judge’s ruling

Attorney Jenifer Dana Kaufman has been trying for the past three years to win for clients the cost of medical cannabis to treat their pain from work-related injuries. She lost every time, until now. [may require registration]


New York appellate court upholds Workers’ Compensation Board in disallowing slip/fall claim

Failure to report an injury in a timely fashion is the basis for a decision by a New York appeals court to disallow a claim by a fire chief for workers’ compensation stemming from a work-related slip and fall in late 2018. The Batavian


Your sunscreen might have a carcinogen in it, according to new report

A report from independent laboratory Valisure revealed last week that 27 percent of the sunscreen and after-sun products it tested contained benzene, a carcinogen. Many of them are household names. InStyle