Communicable Diseases and Workers’ Compensation: Critical Factors for Determining Compensability, Part 3 of 3

Luke West

This is the third and final article in a three-part series discussing different aspects of compensability of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in North Carolina, including: Part 1: Are all communicable diseases the same? Does the designation of an epidemic or pandemic change the way statutes are interpreted?; Part 2: What are the critical factors for…

Communicable Diseases and Workers’ Compensation: Critical Factors for Determining Compensability, Part 2 of 3

Luke West

This is the second article in a three-part series discussing different aspects of compensability of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in North Carolina, including: Part 1: Are all communicable diseases the same? Does the designation of an epidemic or pandemic change the way statutes are interpreted?; Part 2: What are the critical factors for determining compensability…

Communicable Diseases and Workers’ Compensation: Critical Factors for Determining Compensability, Part 1 of 3

Luke West

This is the first article in a three-part series discussing different aspects of compensability of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in North Carolina, including: Part 1: Are all communicable diseases the same? Does the designation of an epidemic or pandemic change the way statutes are interpreted?; Part 2: What are the critical factors for determining compensability…

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In Macias v. BSI Associates, Inc. d/b/a Carolina Chimney, No. COA 19-299 (November 5, 2019), a recent unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals reiterated its adherence to the Hayes doctrine for determining whether an injured worker is an “employee” and therefore entitled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…