Landmark Decision by North Carolina Supreme Court: Practical Implications for Claims Administration Following Wilkes

On Friday, June 9, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued its eagerly anticipated decision in Wilkes v. City of Greenville, in significant part, unanimously affirming the Court of Appeals. Wilkes involves two primary issues. First, whether Johnnie Wilkes failed to meet his burden of establishing that his anxiety and depression were the result of…

North Carolina Court of Appeals Rules Drug Test, Background Check Constitutes “Last Act” Necessary to Create Employment Contract

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In Holmes v. Associate Pipe Line Contractors, Inc., the Court of Appeals determined that post-offer contingencies, such as background checks and drug testing, constitute the “last act” necessary to create a contract of employment. On October 29, 2013, Plaintiff, who was living in North Carolina, was contacted via telephone by a union representative and offered…

Industrial Commission News

Chairman Charlton Allen has been appointed for a four-year term as chairman through December 30, 2020. Yolanda Stith has been appointed as the newest commissioner. She will serve the remaining two and half years of Andrew Heath’s original term and then an additional six-year term. Of that time, she will serve a four-year term as…