Latest Workers' compensation News

Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

Jul. 15, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that Chris...

NJ enacts legislation aimed at helping 9/11 first responders

Jul. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation aimed at helping first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks. The Democrat signed the bills Monday at Liberty State Park, across the Hudson River from the site of the 2001 attacks. One measure permits volunteer first responders to...

Uber, Lyft suggest changes but want drivers as contractors

Jun. 12, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based tech firms...

Iowa Supreme Court refuses to stop Branstad trial

Jun. 7, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied a request by the attorney for former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to stop a civil trial in which Branstad is accused of discrimination against a gay former state worker's compensation commissioner. Branstad and two former staffers were sued by...

California Assembly votes to tighten rules on contractors

May. 30, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards defining...