STATUS OF LEGISLATION IMPACTING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IN NEBRASKA

This session the Legislature’s time has been consumed by a number of significant issues, including the ARPA funding proposal, “transformative” tax relief, extensive debate on a prison reform and overcrowding, and making adjustments to its biennium budget. When not addressing those topics, it methodically moved through a series of priority of bills at the General […]

COVID-19: CHANGES TO THE WAY HEARINGS ARE HELD IN IOWA AND CONTINUED POSTPONEMENT OF IN-PERSON HEARINGS UNTIL OCTOBER 28, 2022

On March 11, 2022, Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese extended the postponement of in-person hearings by the commission from April 30, 2022, through October 28, 2022. This is the same order that has been in effect in Iowa since March 16, 2020, but this order changes the way virtual hearing are held. Unlike the prior […]

IOWA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER RESOLVES SPLIT OF DEPUTIES ON PROPER INDEMNITY OWED FOR PERMANENT IMPAIRMENT TO SHOULDER INJURIES

The Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner recently decided an appeal in Carmer v. Nordstrom, Inc. that resolved a split of deputy commissioners as to how to compensate an employee who sustains bilateral shoulder injuries from a single accident. Our blog post for the lower deputy commissioner’s decision in this case can be found here. In Carmer, […]

NEBRASKA COURT OF APPEALS PROVIDES FURTHER GUIDANCE ON EMPLOYEE / INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR DETERMINATION

The Nebraska Court of Appeals recently decided a case that provides guidance as to when a worker is considered an employee or an independent contractor. In Cajiao v. Arga Transport, the plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident that occurred while he was driving a semi-tractor trailer leased by Arga. The plaintiff filed a […]

BAYLOR EVNEN ATTORNEYS PRESENT AT NWCEF EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR

Baylor Evnen Attorneys Dallas Jones, Paul Barta, Tom Shires and Eric Sutton, along with Nurse Paralegal Jodi Zmiewski will be presenting at the NWCEF Educational Seminar being held on Friday, February 18.  The seminar covers multiple Nebraska workers’ compensation topics, such as a legislative and caselaw updates, workers’ compensation insurance updates, effective ways to communicate […]

NEBRASKA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE RISES IN 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Mileage Reimbursement Rate will rise to 58.5 cents per mile for travel to seek medical treatment or while participating in an approved vocational rehabilitation plan. This rate has jumped from 2021 when the rate was 56 cents per mile. For more information about workers’ compensation in Nebraska, […]
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