New Digest 2-6-2020


California: State court reinstates suit by gay former officer who says CHP failed to protect him

A state appeals court reinstated a lawsuit by a former Bay Area California Highway Patrol officer who said fellow officers harassed and endangered him for years because he was gay, and the agency did nothing to protect him. A Solano County judge dismissed the suit in 2018, agreeing with the CHP the officer should have filed it within a year after he suffered the last incident that led him to go on leave and apply for workers’ compensation. San Francisco Chronicle [may require registration]


Nevada appeals court hears former police officer’s workers’ comp case

The Nevada Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a workers’ compensation claim made by a Henderson police officer who said he suffered hearing loss on the job as a result of sirens, gunshots and his radio earpiece. The officer claims he filed a workers’ compensation claim in 2006 that was denied after doctors said his hearing loss was not caused or aggravated by his work, and a second claim 10 years later after his hearing loss worsened. Las Vegas Review-Journal


Ohio proposals would allow more PTSD workers’ comp claims

Proposed legislation would make Ohio first responders eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they have been diagnosed with work-related post-traumatic stress disorder, even if they haven’t suffered an accompanying physical injury. If approved as written, the legislation would increase annual PTSD claims and costs to the workers’ compensation system by an estimated $44 million in the first year, according to a Legislative Service Commission estimate. Galion Inquirer


Athletic trainer helps GM line workers avoid injuries

Nearly half of General Motor’s plant injuries are strains and sprains, which can be costly workers’ compensation claims. In late 2017, GM piloted a program at a Michigan plant, hiring an athletic trainer to walk the assembly line daily and watch how workers moved and lifted. The intent is to teach them how to reduce injuries. Detroit Free Press


Montana task force looks into payroll fraud in construction industry

Montana’s Task Force on Integrity in Wage Reporting and Employee Classification recently announced recommendations on how to crack down on payroll fraud in the construction industry. They include education for construction hiring agents, and establishing a web-based dashboard that allows for quick compliance verification searches. Missoulian