Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Provides Compensation To Injured Worker Or Worker’s Spouse Or Dependent Children

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that provides payments for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation services to longshore workers, harbor workers and other maritime workers who are injured on the job. The law also provides coverage where a worker suffers from a disease that is caused or made worse by the worker’s job conditions. Other laws extend LHWCA to certain private-industry works, including some workers who engage in the extraction of natural resources on the outer continental shelf, employees on US defense bases, and workers performing work under US defense or public-works contracts outside of the continental United States. Read More

How Does Telecommuting Impact Worker Compensation Claims?

Telecommuting is generally defined as using technology to permit employees to work from remote locations in lieu of or in addition to the traditional office setting. Many telecommuters work from a home office or in the field. In years past, if you wanted to work from home, you had to take everything you needed with you from the office and remember to return it when done. In today’s global economy, workers can easily access what they need from just about anywhere. Approximately 10 million people were telecommuting in the mid-1990s. Today that number has skyrocketed to more than 20 million telecommuters. Both employees and employers have a new area of risks associated with working from virtual offices. Read More

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