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Texas Electrician Was Not Traveling Employee In Spite of Weekly Stipend

Death Benefits Claim Barred by Going and Coming Rule In spite of (1) an employer’s designation of an employee as a “field electrician”; (2) the employer’s payment of a $75 weekly stipend to the employee because he lived some distance … Continue reading

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Bob Wilson May Have a “Cluttered Desk;” His Prediction of Opt Out Reprise is Spot On!

What if Employers Are Willing to Give Up Exclusive Remedy Defense? In his typically lucid and engaging style, Bob Wilson mused in his post this morning that the employer opt out movement in workers’ compensation law isn’t dead; it’s only … Continue reading

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Leahy Bill in U.S. Senate Could Kill Key Provision in Texas Nonsubscriber ERISA Plans

A bill [S. 2506] introduced on February 4, 2016, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), would, if passed into law, appear to invalidate a core provision found in most Texas workers’ compensation “employee benefit plans.” The Leahy bill, known as “Restoring … Continue reading

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Sunny Greetings from Isle of Palms, SC

Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking at a “Spring Seminar” sponsored by Injured Workers’ Advocates, a group of South Carolina claimants’ attorneys who have gathered at the Isle of Palms resort near Charleston, SC for a few days … Continue reading

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For Now, Exclusivity Does Not Bar Workers’ Tort Cases Against BP Products Following 2011 Chemical Release at Refinery

A Federal District Court in Texas has refused to grant a motion for summary judgment filed by Defendant BP Products North America, Inc. (“BP Products”) in a civil action arising out of an alleged chemical release at the BP refinery … Continue reading

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Texas: No Arbitration Where Employer Could Not Show Employee Had Notice of Arbitration Agreement

Notice of the Texas non-subscribing employer’s occupational injury benefit plan was insufficient by itself to show that an employee had notice of an arbitration agreement referred to therein since the arbitration agreement was a separate document, not signed by the … Continue reading

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Texas: Fired Employee May Not Maintain Retaliatory Discharge Action Against Non-Subscribing Employer

A Texas appellate court recently affirmed a decision by a state district court that had granted summary judgment in favor of a nursing center in a retaliatory discharge lawsuit filed against it by a former employee [Addison v. Diversified Healthcare, … Continue reading

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Texas: Communication by Comp Carrier’s Counsel to Insured Employer Not Protected by Attorney—Client Privilege

With one justice dissenting, the Supreme Court of Texas recently held that in a bad faith action brought by an injured employee against a workers’ compensation insurer, the attorney—client privilege does not protect communications between the insurer’s lawyer and the … Continue reading

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