Stancil v. Ace USA, 2011 WL 291926 (App. Div., February 1, 2011) – The Appellate Division has ruled that an employee has no right to bring a tort action to recover damages for refusal by a workers’ compensation carrier to comply with the compensation court’s orders. The court discussed the history of the Workers’ Compensation Act, including the 2008 Amendments, which expanded the authority of compensation judges to levy surcharges, fines, and penalties against a recalcitrant insurer. It ruled that the remedies contained in the Act and regulations, which are enforceable in Superior Court, constitute the sole relief available to a claimant aggrieved by an insurer’s delay or denial of treatment. The court further ruled that an insurer’s willful noncompliance with a workers’ compensation judge’s orders does not fall within the intentional wrong exception of the workers’ compensation law.
As part of the continuing refinement of the E-Verify program, published reports indicate that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to launch the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program this spring. The RIDE system will automate motor vehicle document verification between DMVs and E-Verify users. As a result, E-Verify employers
New York Commissioner Of Labor Issues Guidelines Regarding The Rights Of Nursing Mothers To Express Breast Milk In The Workplace; Sets Notice Requirements
New York law requires employers to provide nursing mothers reasonable unpaid break time or paid break time or meal time to express breast milk in the workplace for up to three years after the birth of a child. Recently, the New York Commissioner of Labor issued guidelines requiring employers to provide written notice of this right to employees who are returning to work following the birth of a child. Notice can be provided individually to the affected employees, or to all employees, in either a handbook or a posting.
Applications for the new work visa routes for eligible overseas workers who wish to work in the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021 opened on 1 December 2020. Provided applicants meet the criteria, workers from overseas, including the European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, are now able to apply online for (among other new entry routes), the skilled worker visa, the intra-company transfer visa and the global talent visa.