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December 2016 Archives

Nurses in Danger: A Series

Megan, a nurse at a Denver area hospital, started her day just like any other. She got to work, checked out the patient list and the notes from the nurses on the previous shift, and was immediately pulled into helping a patient (Mr. Smith). Mr. Smith was an older man who had been on Megan's floor for a few days, and he was perfectly pleasant. The only problem was that he was classified as bariatric (weighing approximately 350 pounds), so moving him was quite difficult.

Postmates ordered to pay workers' comp premiums for Washington couriers

If you're part of the gig economy, you know that classification matters. There's a world of difference between independent contractors and employees in everything from taxes to overtime to workers' compensation coverage.

5 safety tips for chaining up in Colorado

Winter driving in Colorado comes with a whole set of new challenges for commercial vehicle drivers. Roads are already getting slippery and clogged with snow. As most Colorado commercial drivers know, the state has chain laws that come into effect starting September 1st. The result of ignoring chain laws will not only cost you a big fine but could land you in a ditch.

Will there soon be an app for preventing workplace injuries?

Over the course of the last decade, we've seen the apps on our smartphones become increasingly sophisticated, capable of performing a host of tasks that we would have once thought impossible. What makes this development even more remarkable is that as the technology for smartphone apps has advanced, it has, for the most part, remained very user-friendly.

What if you slip on ice while at work?

If you've ever watched a funny YouTube video of people slipping and falling on ice, you probably laughed a lot at the time. But when it happens to you, it's not all that funny. You may try to take it in stride and go on with the rest of your day, but what if the fall is serious enough to land you in urgent care or the emergency room? And what if it happens at work?

Just how large has the SSA's disability backlog grown?

Those who have seen both their initial application for disability benefits and their subsequent appeal denied can derive comfort from the fact that there are still several levels of appellate review through which they can seek these much-needed funds.

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