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AB5: A New Standard for Worker Classification – Part 2

In our last article, we discussed the status and potential impact of AB5, a law recently passed in California which went into effect on January 1, 2020, addressing the classification of certain workers. By way of review, prior to AB5’s passage, the decision on whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has reduced hours-of-service (HOS) violations by 50% since the initial rule took effect in December 2017. Over 8.8 million roadside inspections were conducted since that time with less than 1.25% resulting in citations for HOS violations or for failure to […]

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Hedrick Gardner Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers

North Carolina – January 14, 2021. Four attorneys from Hedrick Gardner were selected to the 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers® list and five were selected as Rising Stars for 2021. The Hedrick Gardner attorneys selected to the 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list are: M. Duane Jones, AppellateMel J. Garofalo, Civil Litigation: DefenseJeffrey A. Kadis, Workers’ CompensationPatricia P. Shields, Civil […]

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Hedrick Gardner Announces Attorney Promotions

Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, a leading regional litigation and dispute management law firm, is pleased to announce the promotions of Elizabeth Bennett, Brooks Miller, Lindsay Wikle, Erika Eisenoff, Ross Bromberger, and William Whitehead. “These 6 individuals perform excellent work for our clients,” said Hedrick Gardner’s managing partner Paul Lawrence. “We are excited to […]

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Maintains $750 Reporting Threshold

The SMART Act requires CMS to annually review the costs associated with the collection of Medicare conditional payments and set forth a threshold amount applicable to settlements, judgments, awards, or other payments (TPOC amount) for which it will not seek recovery. The threshold amount for 2020 was $750.00. On November 25, 2020, CMS announced the […]

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NC Commission Revises Form 19 (FROI) Filing Requirement

Effective Dec. 1, 2020, the North Carolina Industrial Commission has revised the filing requirement that triggers the submission of a Form 19,  Employer’s Report of Employee’s Injury or Occupational Disease to the Industrial Commission.  Specifically, the Commission increased the Form 19 filing threshold for medical compensation paid from $2,000 to $4,000. The revised rule – 11 NCAC […]

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Hedrick Gardner Recognized as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021

November 11, 2020. Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP received several top rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021 “Best Law Firms” report. The firm received Tier 1 regional rankings, the highest category awarded, in the following categories: Charlotte: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Product Liability Litigation – Defendants Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers Raleigh: […]

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AB5: A New Standard for Worker Classification

One issue that has come up numerous times in the setting of the trucking and transportation industries is the classification of workers as either employees or independent contractors. Concerned with workers who werebeing misclassified as independent contractors and who were not getting the benefits afforded to employees, the State of California passed a law, which […]

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Forward Facing Video Camera Systems – A Double Edge Sword?

In my last article, I explained the benefits forward facing video camera systems may have on litigation expenses for commercial motor carriers and insurance companies. However, as the saying goes, not everything is as good as it seems. Even though the implementation of forward facing video cameras does have its benefits, it also creates the […]

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