Court of Appeals Sees Through Attempt to Skirt Workers’ Compensation Rules on Employees and Independent Contractors

Bruce Hamilton and Luke West

In Macias v. BSI Associates, Inc. d/b/a Carolina Chimney, No. COA 19-299 (November 5, 2019), a recent unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals reiterated its adherence to the Hayes doctrine for determining whether an injured worker is an “employee” and therefore entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, or an “independent contractor” and not entitled to any…

Update from the NC Industrial Commission

Bruce Hamilton

The North Carolina Industrial Commission recently published its 2019 Annual Report. In addition to the statistical overview of fiscal year 2018-2019, (61,776 workers’ compensation claims filed for the fiscal year), the IC also reported that the long-awaited modern case management system is projected to go live by June 2020. The IC realized cost savings by…

Best Practices for Prevention and Management of Litigation against Educators

William Bulfer

Across the nation, we are seeing a steady increase in litigation involving school teachers and administrators. These cases can range from personal injury suits for minor injuries sustained on school property, to very serious allegations of misconduct between teachers and students. Though preventing school-related lawsuits altogether may not be practical, there are several things that…