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New Rules are in Place for Limiting Injured Workers Access to Addictive Opioids

February 19, 2018

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 […]

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The North Carolina Worker Misclassification Law is Now in Effect

February 8, 2018

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 […]

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Your Workplace Needs to Winter-Proof Now

January 11, 2018

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 […]

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Does Your Employer have a Safety Program in Place?

December 22, 2017

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 […]

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Worker Injury Risk During Holiday Shopping Season

November 30, 2017

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 […]

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5 Myths About Workers’ Compensation Debunked

October 31, 2017

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 […]

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When Can an Employer Fire an Employee?

September 27, 2017

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 […]

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Filings for Workers’ Comp Relief

September 15, 2017

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 […]

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North Carolina is Cracking Down on Uninsured Companies

August 28, 2017

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 […]

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My Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance

August 14, 2017

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 […]

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