Tag Archives: Exclusive Remedy

Massachusetts Retaliatory Discharge Statute Protects Employee’s Right to Sue Employer in Tort

A provision of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act (Act), Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 152, § 75B(2), and not the common law, affords an employee who was injured on the job and incurred a loss of earning capacity from the injury … Continue reading

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New York: Board—Not the Trial Court—Must Determine if Worker Was Independent Contractor

Reiterating the important rule in New York, that where the availability of workers’ compensation benefits hinges upon questions of fact or upon mixed questions of fact and law, the parties may not choose the courts as the forum for resolution … Continue reading

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Trainee/Apprentice May Not Sue Independent Contractor/Truck Driver

Independent Contractor/Driver Was Joint Employer Under Iowa Law Construing Iowa law, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a federal district court’s decision granting summary judgment to an independent contractor/truck driver in a negligence action filed against him by … Continue reading

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Vermont High Court Again Refuses to Utilize “Substantial Certainty” Exception for Intentional Injury Cases

Reiterating its decision in Kittell v. Vermont Weatherboard, Inc., 138 Vt. 439, 417 A.2d 926 (1980) (per curiam), in which the Supreme Court of Vermont held that nothing short of a specific intent to injure falls outside the scope of … Continue reading

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Nevada Casino Employee’s Tort Action Against Employer for Delaying Stroke Treatment is Barred by Exclusivity

A housekeeping employee at a Las Vegas casino, who suffered a stroke just prior to the beginning of his work shift, and who contended his medical condition was exacerbated when his employer failed to seek special medical assistance within a … Continue reading

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NC Worker’s Tort Claim Against Insurer for Malicious Prosecution May Move Forward

While a workers’ compensation insurer generally enjoys the same sort of immunity from tort liability afforded the employer [see Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 100.01], there are limits to that immunity. A decision issued Tuesday illustrates those limits. There, the … Continue reading

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Maryland Cab Driver’s “Misclassification” Action Appropriately Dismissed

Misclassification of Workers is not Recognized as independent Tort A Maryland cab driver, who sustained injuries in a work-related auto accident, may not maintain a civil action against the cab company for “independent contractor misclassification,” held a state appellate court … Continue reading

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Alaska’s High Court Upholds Total Bar of Recovery for Non-Dependent Parents of Deceased Employees

Parent Faces “Catch-22”: Wrongful Death Claim Barred by Exclusivity, Yet No Workers’ Comp Benefits Available The Supreme Court of Alaska, in Burke v. Raven Elec., 2018 Alas. LEXIS 64 (May 11, 2018), affirmed the constitutionality of the state’s broad exclusive … Continue reading

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Montana: Both Parties to Employee Leasing Arrangement Enjoy Exclusive Remedy of State’s Workers’ Compensation Act

Constitutional Provision Protecting Only “Immediate” Employers Does Not Limit Immunity In a decision that has important implications for Montana firms that utilize professional employer organizations (“PEOs”) for their labor forces, the state’s Supreme Court, in Ramsbacher v. Jim Palmer Trucking, … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Supreme Court: Parent Corporation Not Always Shielded by Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

Certified Question From Tenth Circuit re: “Dual-Capacity” A divided Supreme Court of Oklahoma, responding to a question certified to it by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, has held the state’s 2013 Workers’ Compensation Act (the “AWCA”) does not fully … Continue reading

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