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June 2012

In workers’ compensation disputes, treat the independent physician’s report with care

06/18/12

In workers’ compensation disputes, treat the independent physician’s report with care

In workers’ compensation disputes, there is bound to be a difference of opinion about the cause, severity, or nature of a claimed workplace injury. The employer and employee may try to resolve the dispute by using medical or vocational experts, who evaluate the injury and provide an opinion about the employee’s ability or restrictions to work. If both sides present conflicting reports and conclusions that do not resolve all medical disputes, the hearing examiner has the power to appoint an independent physician who will provide a separate report. This is where the parties need to be careful.

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Is pay inequality more affordable at the state level? It doesn’t matter – 7 steps for avoiding equal pay problems

06/05/12

Is pay inequality more affordable at the state level? It doesn’t matter – 7 steps for avoiding equal pay problems

April 17, 2012 was National Equal Pay Day, “a day to recognize the full value of women's skills and their significant contributions to the labor force, acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination, and join efforts to achieve equal pay.” In an ironic bit of bad timing, just three days later Wisconsin Senate Bill 202, sometimes referred to as a repeal of Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, became law. With its passage, employees lost the ability to seek compensatory and punitive damages in state court for wage discrimination.

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About This Blog

 Diane Hamilton, PCC, SPHR, is the owner and founder of Calibra, a coaching and consulting firm focused on maximizing leadership potential. Nilesh Patel is the principal attorney of the Mahadev Law Group, LLC, which focuses on human resources and employment law issues for organizations. He can be reached at npp@mahalawgroup.com. Both bloggers are members of Wisconsin SHRM, which is dedicated to being the state leader in HR management and the premier source for HR expertise and resources. More information can be found at www.wishrm.org. You can follow the WI SHRM blog at http://wishrm.wordpress.com.

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