Employment Law

  • Buckley v. American Fast Freight, Inc.
    In Buckley v. American Fast Freight, Inc., the supreme court held that expressly prohibited activities do not fall within the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act’s definition of “arising out of and in the course of employment.” Buckley worked for Labor Ready, Inc., a temporary employment service. Through Labor Ready, he sometimes worked for American Fast Freight, ...
  • Morrison v. Alaska Interstate Construction Inc.
    In Morrison v. Alaska Interstate Construction Inc., the supreme court held that the substantial cause test under the 2005 amendments to the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act requires the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board to compare the causes of the need for medical treatment and decide compensation issues based on the most important or material cause. Morrison ...
  • Ross v. Alaska State Commission for Human Rights
    In Ross v. Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, the supreme court held an administrative agency’s determination to be without error when, despite evidence detracting from its ultimate decision, the agency concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a claim of discrimination. Ross applied for the position of train master with the Alaska Railroad Corporation ...
  • Rusch v. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
    In Rusch v. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the supreme court held when there is a dispute over the issues on which an employee prevailed for determining attorneys’ fees, the employer in a worker’s compensation settlement has the burden to show lack of merit in the employee’s claims. An attorney represented two injured employees of ...
  • Unisea, Inc. v. Morales de Lopez
    In Unisea, Inc. v. Morales de Lopez, the supreme court held that an employer must pay job dislocation benefits after receiving a Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) rating and must pay PPI compensation after each employer’s medical evaluation (EME) rating. Claimant Morales sustained on-the-job injuries, causing her orthopedic and psychiatric problems. In November 2014, Morales received ...
  • Warnke-Green v. Pro-West Contractors, LLC
    In Warnke-Green v. Pro-West Contractors, LLC, the supreme court held the Alaska Worker’s Compensation Appeals Commission has the necessary incidental authority to reconsider its own non-final decisions. A worker injured in a work related accident won his appealed the decision of the Alaska Worker Compensation Board on the compensability of a modifiable van. After his ...

Employment Law

  • Buckley v. American Fast Freight, Inc.
    In Buckley v. American Fast Freight, Inc., the supreme court held that expressly prohibited activities do not fall within the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act’s definition of “arising out of and in the course of employment.” Buckley worked for Labor Ready, Inc., a temporary employment service. Through Labor Ready, he sometimes worked for American Fast Freight, ...
  • Morrison v. Alaska Interstate Construction Inc.
    In Morrison v. Alaska Interstate Construction Inc., the supreme court held that the substantial cause test under the 2005 amendments to the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act requires the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board to compare the causes of the need for medical treatment and decide compensation issues based on the most important or material cause. Morrison ...
  • Ross v. Alaska State Commission for Human Rights
    In Ross v. Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, the supreme court held an administrative agency’s determination to be without error when, despite evidence detracting from its ultimate decision, the agency concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a claim of discrimination. Ross applied for the position of train master with the Alaska Railroad Corporation ...
  • Rusch v. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
    In Rusch v. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the supreme court held when there is a dispute over the issues on which an employee prevailed for determining attorneys’ fees, the employer in a worker’s compensation settlement has the burden to show lack of merit in the employee’s claims. An attorney represented two injured employees of ...
  • Unisea, Inc. v. Morales de Lopez
    In Unisea, Inc. v. Morales de Lopez, the supreme court held that an employer must pay job dislocation benefits after receiving a Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) rating and must pay PPI compensation after each employer’s medical evaluation (EME) rating. Claimant Morales sustained on-the-job injuries, causing her orthopedic and psychiatric problems. In November 2014, Morales received ...
  • Warnke-Green v. Pro-West Contractors, LLC
    In Warnke-Green v. Pro-West Contractors, LLC, the supreme court held the Alaska Worker’s Compensation Appeals Commission has the necessary incidental authority to reconsider its own non-final decisions. A worker injured in a work related accident won his appealed the decision of the Alaska Worker Compensation Board on the compensability of a modifiable van. After his ...