New Rules are in Place for Limiting Injured Workers Access to Addictive Opioids
For decades, higher doses of opioid painkillers have been prescribed, causing North Carolina to experience an opioid epidemic. According to NC Health and Human Services, more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses from 1999 to 2016. Not only is it a major devastation to families and the community, but it’s also overwhelming medical […]Read More
The North Carolina Worker Misclassification Law is Now in Effect
As of December 31, 2017, The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) is in place. This law allows workers to more easily report employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Employee misclassification has been an ongoing issue for some time now. Workers that are classified as employees are given definite protections […]Read More
Your Workplace Needs to Winter-Proof Now
Icy conditions, snow-packed roads, freezing temperatures: it’s that time of the year again! Although the Carolinas may not experience as much of an impact as other areas in the country, we still get a winter, especially the further inland you go. And because we, like most others, face wintery conditions, we’re no stranger to increases […]Read More
Does Your Employer have a Safety Program in Place?
With a new year around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months and consider making new resolutions for 2018. When it comes to workers’ compensation, that means identifying and recommending new, effective ways that businesses can use to improve upon workplace accident prevention. The best way to start is instating a […]Read More
Worker Injury Risk During Holiday Shopping Season
Another Black Friday and Cyber Monday has passed, but the holiday shopping season is just beginning. Although crowded stores and the hunt for bargains may be exciting for shoppers, it’s not the case for retail workers. In fact, holiday shopping poses many little publicized risks to workers, which ultimately doesn’t always make it the jolliest […]Read More
5 Myths About Workers’ Compensation Debunked
Navigating the world of workers’ compensation can be overwhelming, especially when there are misconceptions and myths about how the process is supposed to work. Workers’ comp laws vary in each state, which means it’s important for both employees and employers to understand their roles, responsibilities and rights. At Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys, we’ve heard […]Read More
When Can an Employer Fire an Employee?
North Carolina is an ‘at will’ employment state. Many people ask us: When can an employer fire an employee? We explain that as an ‘at will’ state, a North Carolina employer can fire an employee for any reason and does not have to establish ‘just cause.’ The employer is prohibited from firing an employee for […]Read More
Filings for Workers’ Comp Relief
The North Carolina Industrial Commission recently announced that they will no longer accept any filings for relief or responses to filings for relief filed by an adjuster. As of Monday, September 18, 2017, the Industrial Commission will no longer accept certain documents from adjusters including, but not limited to, Form 24 Applications, Responses to Form […]Read More
North Carolina is Cracking Down on Uninsured Companies
One of the biggest obstacles North Carolina currently faces is that many businesses try to “cheat” the workers’ compensation system by not having insurance. State law requires all companies with three or more employees to have workers’ compensation insurance, and clearly dictates that criminal fines will follow if they’re caught without coverage. According to the […]Read More
My Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Most states, including North Carolina, require employers of a certain size to carry workers’ compensation insurance. And according to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, our state must have insurance for businesses that regularly employ three or more employees. When employees are injured at work, they usually go through their company’s workers’ compensation system to receive […]Read More
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