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North Carolina Steps Up Workers’ Comp Fraud Investigations

July 12, 2018

Identifying businesses not complying with workers’ compensation laws is an ongoing obstacle that North Carolina has faced for a number of years. According to the NC Industrial Commission, auditors have worked tirelessly to identify these companies and their efforts are finally paying off. As North Carolina continues to step up their workers’ comp fraud investigations, […]

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How to Combat Worker Dehydration in the Summer

June 22, 2018

It’s true that summertime brings with it more full and part-time opportunities for seasonal jobs. Outdoor work is at an all-time high, and because there’s more people working for the next couple of months, workplace incidents are also on the rise. Slips and falls are very common during this time of the year, but there […]

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How to Help Your Business Reduce Workplace Injuries this Summer

June 11, 2018

Starting now through September, work-related injuries are at an all-time high, resulting in increased workers’ compensation claims for businesses across the country. Employees might find themselves in situations where they’re slipping, tripping and falling unexpectedly, which causes common strains and injuries in the neck and back, as well as potential broken bones. To keep on-the-job […]

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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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Sherman Lee Criner Attends South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

October 17, 2017

Last week, our very own Sherman Lee Criner attended the 41st Annual Education Conference on Workers’ Compensation held in Myrtle Beach, SC. For three days, this seminar delivers an opportunity to connect with others through educational programs and resources regarding the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act and its administration by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation […]

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