Late in July, a new Arizona workers' compensation law took effect that changes employment choices for workers injured on the job. Arizona employers can now offer workers in-house jobs to accommodate an injury rather than competitively listed, open market jobs. However, the new legislation does not stop there.
A workers' compensation judge has been overruled by a state appellate court in the case of an injured casino manager who was fired by his employer. The judge and court agreed the firing was a retaliatory move, but did not agree that the casino should be forced to hire the worker back.
A state Industrial Commission ruling has awarded workers' compensation benefits to a middle school principal who was ruled to have been injured on the job. He was shot by an unknown assailant while driving to work. The school district is appealing the case, claiming the principal's injury did not happen on school property and was not a workplace injury.
The interpretation of state workers' compensation laws made all the difference in a recent workplace injury case heard by an Arizona appeals court. A mechanic, who was injured at work while performing an oil change on a truck, was awarded partial wage benefits for disfigurement.