Brad Young, who is a Workers Comp Defense Attorney, in the Midwest wrote a recent article that should prepare us for the increased costs of injury claims here in California.
We all know that obesity has become a national health issue and this disease, like others, is beginning to be an employer workers’ comp cost issue.
The issue of obesity is a very human and sensitive matter for those who have this condition and from an employer’s prospective, should be handled delicately and legally when selecting and managing those who are afflicted.
At this time, there seems to no “easy” or one way to handle this growing issue. But a conference with your HR and insurance advisors now would be a good way to begin a process to limit the RisksNThreats© an enterprise could face. By developing a strategy early could help the employ with the condition and your business.
Here is what Brad has to say:
In late April, 2014, a Federal District Court Judge agreed that Obesity is a disability under the ADA. Given that workers compensation is a system that must deal with both work-related disabilities and pre-existing disabilities, how might such a change affect how we handle workers compensation claims?
Here is the link to his complete writing: