Workers' Compensation

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Pennsylvania: Restaurant Franchisor Not Responsible for Comp Benefits of Uninsured Franchisee’s Injured Worker
Posted on 9 Oct 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

As is the situation in many other states, where a Pennsylvania firm subcontracts a regular or recurrent part of its business to another, the firm is liable for workers’ compensation benefits to the subcontractor’s employees if that subcontractor... Read More

Pennsylvania: Waiver of Future Subrogation Rights Must Be Clear and Explicit
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

Where the employer joined into a third-party settlement agreement that stated the employer agreed to a payment of a sum certain “in full satisfaction of the defendant/employer’s (and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier’s... Read More

Pennsylvania: Gun-Wielding Store Manager’s Death While Attempting to Stop Robber Found Compensable
Posted on 30 May 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A Pennsylvania appellate court, reversing a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, has determined that a convenience store manager did not abandon his employment and was furthering the business affairs of his employer... Read More

Pennsylvania: Retaliatory Discharge Rules Apply Where No Claim Was Filed, But Where Employer Provided Payment in Lieu of Compensation
Posted on 14 Nov 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A former employee alleging a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of the public policy embodied in Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act ("the Act) need not show that a claim petition was actually filed with the Workers’... Read More

Pennsylvania: Personal Caretaker Was Independent Contractor, Not Employee
Posted on 18 Mar 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

A tax filing denoting self-employment, while a relevant factor, is not dispositive on the issue of employment status, nor is the existence of an employment or independent contractor agreement. Both are factors to consider, but by themselves, they were... Read More

Pennsylvania: Exchange of Traditional, Native-American Vows Creates Common-Law Marriage
Posted on 10 Apr 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

Evidence that, inter alia , a Native-American couple gathered outdoors with family and friends, had a ceremonial blanket placed upon their shoulders, and exchanged traditional vows and gifts in the manner of their cultural heritage was sufficient to establish... Read More