In neighboring news:

A recent Supreme Court decision in Texas has lofty implications for both employers and labor. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the potentially precedent-setting decision “slammed the courthouse door on damages” for many employees hurt while working in hazardous situations. The case affects employees of companies that have “opted out” of the state’s comp scheme. The ruling is considered a huge loss for workers under the “premises liability” law, however, the justices state in the same opinion that workers should be able to sue uninsured employers under a separate negligence law if the employer failed to provide proper equipment, training or supervision that could have prevented the injury. Such negligence claims with potentially major damage awards have not been previously available to workers in Texas.

Read further coverage from the Dallas Morning News here. Read the opinion in full (Austin v. Kroger Texas) here.

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