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City to compensate family of officer shot before testimony

Oct. 24, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore has agreed to pay workers compensation benefits to the family of a police detective who was fatally shot in the head a day before he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury investigating police corruption. The Baltimore Sun reports that the agreement with the...

Former cop-turned-model charged with workers' comp fraud

Oct. 15, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A former small town police chief has been charged with fraud for collecting workers' compensation benefits while working in the world of pinup models. Brenda Lynn Cavoretto was police chief of Coulee City, Washington, in 2012 when a huge corpse fell on her during a police call,...

Montana COVID cases threaten to overwhelm health care system

Oct. 15, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana is stretching the state's health care system, a hospital's chief medical officer said Thursday, as she urged residents to take the virus seriously. “I will put this very simply,” said Dr. Bridget Brennan with Benefis...

State: Worker who got $186K in ‘dog phobia’ case owned dogs

Oct. 10, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A meter reader who was attacked by a dog while on duty and collected years of workers’ compensation is now accused of stealing the money, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries said . Linda Jordan of Cathlamet told the agency the attack gave her such a strong...

Errors force some unemployed in Colorado to repay benefits

Oct. 7, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Some Colorado residents are being asked to repay some of the unemployment benefits they received from the state due to errors in their applications, Colorado Public Radio reported. State officials say that human error is to blame, along with the rush required to implement the new system amid...

New tool helps injured Tennessee workers seek compensation

Oct. 5, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans have a new tool to help them file workers' compensation claims — an app that lets them fill out key forms by speaking into a smartphone. It was developed after a study found that filling out the necessary forms is a major barrier to workers seeking compensation...

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New possible health care benefit rule roils theater world

Oct. 1, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 theater actors and stage managers is blasting a proposal that would raise eligibility requirements for members to receive health care during the pandemic. The Equity-League Pension Health Fund on Thursday proposed hiking the number of...

Jobless claims in NJ climb 10% over last week

Oct. 1, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — About 27,000 people sought unemployment benefits last week, a 10% increase compared with the week before, New Jersey's Labor Department said Thursday. It was the second week in a row the jobless claims rose. Labor officials have said the spiking claims stem from the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Carla Shrive, right, who drives for various gig companies, joined other drivers to support a proposed ballot initiative challenging a recently signed law that makes it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors, in Sacramento, Calif. A battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and big labor could become the most expensive ballot measure on Nov. 3, 2020, in California history. Voters are being asked to decide via Proposition 22 whether to create an exemption to a new state law aimed at providing wage and benefit protections to Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Uber, Lyft look to kill California law on app-based drivers

Sep. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians are being asked to decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees. The battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and labor unions including the...

Audit highlights woes at Wisconsin unemployment call centers

Sep. 25, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fewer than 1% of calls from Wisconsin residents seeking unemployment benefits amid the early months of the coronavirus pandemic got answered as newly jobless workers were unable to get through to call centers, an audit released Friday shows. The analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative...