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Catering to both lawyers and their clients, Workers’ Comp Matters focuses on people and the law. Host and workers’ compensation attorney Alan S. Pierce interviews industry leaders, lawyers, and doctors, covering all elements of workers’ compensation from cases and benefits to recovery.

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Sep 12, 2022

Workers’ Comp Medical Fee Schedules: What You Need To Know

Workers’ Compensation is primarily designed to provide two benefits: payroll replacement for injured workers and medical payments to providers. But over the years, the process has become increasingly complicated. Guest Ramona Tanabe...

Jul 29, 2022

Has the “Great Bargain” Worked? Well … It’s Complicated

Continuing our discussion of the 50th anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation (as it was called) report. We’ve come a long way, but … it’s complicated. Guest Abbie Hudgens,...

Jul 6, 2022

50 Years After a Review of Workplace Protections, Time for Another Look?

July marks the 50th anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation laws. The system we have in place wasn’t always so. Even after the passage of protections for workers, it...

May 31, 2022

Workers’ Comp and COVID: An American Failure

Guest Joanne Doroshow explains how Workers’ Comp and OSHA failed front-line workers in the COVID pandemic.

Apr 20, 2022

Immigrant Workers and Their Rights, Documented or Not

What happens when a migrant worker (documented or otherwise) is hurt on the job? Our expert guests share tips for working with immigrants injured on the job.

Mar 30, 2022

Rebuttable Presumption of Intoxication: Workers’ Comp and Marijuana

Guest Simon Cao joins hosts Judson and Alan Pierce in a discussion about how evidence of marijuana use off the job affects workplace injury cases.

Feb 23, 2022

Workers’ Comp Attorneys, Protecting Our Rights

Guest Malcolm Crosland discusses the fight to protect employees in today’s gig economy and how Workers’ Comp is more important than ever.

Jan 26, 2022

Revisiting the History of Workers’ Compensation with John F. Burton, Jr.

We celebrate 50 years since the issuance of the Report of the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws.

Dec 15, 2021

All Aboard: Maritime and Defense Base Claims

Take a deep dive into marine and maritime workplace compensation cases with Boston-based attorney Christopher Hug.

Nov 10, 2021

“Do The Right Thing,” A 9/11 Hero To The End

In part three of our 20-year remembrance of the 9/11 terror attacks, Phil Alvarez shares his brother’s tragic, and heroic, fight for victims.

Oct 6, 2021

“Law’s Finest Hour,” Tort Lawyers and 9/11

Part 2 of our reflection on the 9/11 victims’ fund. Guest Leo Boyle shares the inspiring role tort lawyers played, pro bono, for victims and families.

Sep 15, 2021

“A Patriotic Obligation”: Kenneth Feinberg and the 9/11 Fund

Special Master Kenneth Feinberg reflects on administering 9/11 victim compensation in a national period of anger and sorrow.

Aug 31, 2021

WWE Smackdown- Are Professional Wrestlers Employees?

Take a deep dive into pro wrestling’s lack of Workers’ Compensation with guest scholar and attorney Mary Catena. What it means for contract workers.

Jul 30, 2021

The “Going and Coming” Rule and the “Level Floor” Doctrine

Host Judson Pierce interviews co-host Alan Pierce on the ins and outs of the “going and coming” rule and the “level floor” doctrine.

May 26, 2021

Who Pays When Company Outings Lead to Injury?

As employers look to reconnect with their teams, Judson and Alan Pierce tackle the worker’s comp doctrine of recreational injuries.

Apr 28, 2021

Extraordinary Courage in the Face of Injustice

The filmmaker behind the documentary ‘Radium Girls’ brings to life the inspiring and tragic tale of the teenage dial painters during WWI.

Mar 31, 2021

How Voc Rehab Helps Injured Workers Recover on the Job Front

Counselor Rhonda Jellenik shares how the pandemic and disruptive technology is impacting workers with debilitating injuries and illnesses.

Feb 26, 2021

Presumptions in the Age of Covid-19

Prof. Michael Duff breaks down the three presumptions guiding workers’ comp cases and issues arising out of Covid-19-related claims.

Jan 27, 2021

The Future of Work: Utopia or Dystopia?

With a gig economy still spurring increases in temp and contract jobs, guest Darrell West explains why America needs a new social contract.

Dec 23, 2020

The Year that Was in Workers Comp

Emily Spieler dismisses hype that Covid-19 will crush workers’ comp systems. But, though claims haven’t materialized, all still isn’t well.

Nov 10, 2020

Want to Improve Performance? Take a Break

Encouraging a recharge will keep teams motivated. But if the boss presses ahead with no breaks, so will the team, sacrificing performance.

Sep 24, 2020

Up in the Air: When Uniforms are Toxic

The client count is rising for Bruce Maxwell and Thomas Holder, who learned new uniforms were making flight attendants sick.

Aug 28, 2020

Legislative Primer: What Lawyers Can Do to Push for Worker-Friendly Laws

Maritime lawyer Amie Peters updates host Judson Pierce on the state of federal advocacy for the essential workers risking their lives.

Jul 22, 2020

Are Foreign Governments Responsible for Worker Safety in the US?

An administrative assistant’s injury at a Canadian consulate in Boston raises key questions about when foreign governments have to comply with U.S. employment laws.

Jun 16, 2020

Medical Marijuana Reimbursement in Workers’ Compensation Systems

George Flores shares insights from his article “Lewis and Bourgoin: The Growing Divide Over Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana in the Workers’ Compensation System.”

May 6, 2020

QCARE Designation: What it Means for Texas Injury Benefit Programs

Bill Minick explains the QCARE designation for Texas employers who have opted out of traditional workers’ comp programs.

Apr 2, 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation

Amie Peters and Mack Babcock answer common workers’ comp questions arising from the pandemic.

Jan 23, 2020

How Inspiring Others Makes You a Better Lawyer

Michael Fanuele shares how lawyers can apply tactics from his book, “Stop Making Sense: The Art of Inspiring Anybody,” to improve their legal practices.

Dec 17, 2019

Workers’ Comp Clients: When to Seek Counsel

Bernard Nomberg offers insights for injured workers on when and how to go about seeking legal advice for workers’ comp cases.

Dec 3, 2019

Defining Employment Relationships in the Gig Economy–Can It Be Done?

Roger Finderson explains the nuances of employee-employer relationships in the gig economy

Nov 4, 2019

Pooled Special Needs Trusts: Low-Cost Asset Management for Injured Workers

Andrew Reinhardt and Joanne Marcus discuss the benefits of pooled special needs trusts for injured workers with disabilities.

Oct 4, 2019

Peter Rousmaniere: Reflections from a Career in Workers’ Comp

Peter Rousmaniere shares insights from his career as a workers’ comp consultant and journalist.

Aug 30, 2019

Examining State Variations in Opioid Dispensation with WCRI’s Dr. Vennela Thumula

Dr. Vennela Thumula gives an overview of the recently published study, Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition.

Jul 31, 2019

Health Insurance and Outcomes of Injured Workers

Bogdan Savych discusses his study into how recent changes in the health insurance landscape affect outcomes for injured workers.

Jun 28, 2019

The Evolution of Workers’ Compensation with Alan Pierce

Alan Pierce reflects on his career spanning 50 years in the area of worker’s compensation and discusses needed changes in current systems.

May 30, 2019

Putting Workers Comp Policies Under the Microscope

Ramona Tanabe discusses WCRI’s work and shares some of the most interesting trends her organization is seeing in the field today.

Apr 25, 2019

Drug Formularies in Workers’ Comp—Good for Injured Workers?

Tom Holder talks about the role of drug formularies in workers’ compensation.

Apr 3, 2019

Subrogation and Workers’ Compensation Liens on Third Party Settlements.

Cathy Surbeck discusses subrogation and liens on third party settlements.

Feb 20, 2019

Wage Theft: From Investigation to Resolution

Karla Zarbo discusses wage theft and its related issues and talk about the processes involved in investigating the many types of wage complaints.

Dec 28, 2018

History of Workers’ Compensation with John F. Burton, Jr.

John F. Burton, Jr. talks about his career as a workers’ compensation expert, which has spanned over 50 years.

Nov 30, 2018

How Millennials and Work Remotes are Impacting Workers’ Comp

Ryan Benharris talks about the gig economy, millennials vs. boomers, working remotely and workers’ compensation.

Oct 30, 2018

Nursing The Wound: The Law and Ethics of Disability Management in Workers Compensation

Justin Beck talks about the role of nurse case managers and highlight the ways they promote synergy between the carriers, providers, and patients involved in a claim.

Sep 28, 2018

Controversy Over the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition

Chris Brigham talks about the sixth edition of the AMA Guides Impairment and whether it is a valid measure of disability ratings in the workers’ compensation setting.

Aug 28, 2018

The Attorney’s Role in Workers Compensation

Bob Wisniewski talks about his experience as a workers’ compensation attorney and explains why an injured worker would seek out legal representation for a claim.

Jun 28, 2018

Opioid Alternative Treatment Pathway

Omar Hernández explains the Opioid Alternative Treatment Pathway, which is a program that Massachusetts’ DIA launched, talks about how it works, and how it helps address the opioid epidemic.

May 21, 2018

Are Student Athletes Eligible for Workers Comp?

Taylor O’Toole talks about the debate on whether student athletes at larger universities should be considered employees and, as such, should be entitled to workers’ comp.

Apr 24, 2018

Changes to Workers Comp Coverage in the Political Climate

Rick Victor discusses major changes in the workers compensation system and the new conflicts injured workers are dealing with.

Mar 29, 2018

Technology’s Impact on the Future of the Labor Force

Erica Groshen discusses the trends that characterize the future of the U.S. workforce and how robotics and artificial intelligence could have an impact on employment.

Feb 22, 2018

Dealing with Chronic Pain in the Workplace

George Beilin talks about the different methods of measuring pain and the importance of coping with pain in a healthy way.

Jan 30, 2018

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Hate Crimes in the Workplace?

Kyle Black discusses what is legally considered a hate crime and the various factors and risks that affect whether or not a hate crime case meets the criteria for compensability.

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Alan Pierce

Alan S. Pierce has served as chairperson of the American Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section and the...

Judson Pierce

Judson L. Pierce is a graduate of Vassar College and Suffolk University Law School where he received...

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