HR Strange But True
Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories.
Workers’ compensation stories never get old; and in Ohio, they seem to have a lot of stories related to workers’ comp fraud! In May of 2014, there were 14 people who were convicted of workers’ comp fraud! These convictions were the result of investigations conducted by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) Special Investigations Department (SID), which works to deter, detect, investigate, and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud.
Americans are so obsessed with checking their e-mails on their smartphones almost 24/7—even those sent by their bosses—that they check them on weekends and vacation and sometimes walk into telephone poles or out into streets while reading them. But does the constant contact with work cause employees unreasonable and unhealthy stress? “Jawohl,” says German Employment Minister Andrea Nahles.
All this hoopla around workers’ rights leads some to believe that the fast-food industry is corrupt and unethical, but then the magazine Bon Appétit surprises us all with its top 10 list of fast-food restaurants that treat their employees well.
Cable companies sometimes get a bad rap. They make you sit at home, all day, waiting for them to come fix your connections. They charge you outrageous prices for things you can watch on Hulu the next day for just $8. And, they can call your boss and tell him you complained about their service, which ultimately leads to your termination.
In another case of workers’ compensation gone wrong, a longshoreman was temporarily awarded workers’ comp for tripping over a safety cone, until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals intervened and uncovered the truth.
It’s amazing how many people think they can get away with workers’ compensation fraud, but as many Strange But True issues have shown us—here, here, here, and then some—people tend to think they can get away with anything! It’s especially mind-blowing when a former NFL star is busted for workers’ comp fraud for appearing on the show Survivor.