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February 2014 Archives

Protection of workers while drilling for natural gas

Pennsylvania has played a large role in coal mining and drilling for natural gas.  The state has 43,025 active gas wells.   It also has 39 underground mines and 377 surface mining sites making Pennsylvania the fourth-leading coal producer in the U.S.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives injured workers victory in vocational exam case

In the case of Phoenixville Hospital v Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, the Court ruled an employer seeking modification or suspension of wage loss benefits cannot meet it's burden of proof simply with proof that a vocational expert did a labor market survey and there are jobs existing in the local economy.  The employer must show there are open jobs that the injured worker actually can apply for.  They must prove the existence of a meaningful job opportunity, not just the identification of jobs from want ads or employment listings.  The employer must also prove the jobs remained open long enough to givea reasonable opportunity to apply for them.

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