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These are the good old days

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There is a broad spectrum of intriguing news parading across the Internet these days. I struggle with volume and at times with comprehension. I periodically just do not get it. These pages are frequently about automation.

Workplace Road Safety

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Thanksgiving week 2022 was one of difficult news stories. There were multiple reminders that the workplace is a dangerous place. We can focus our attention on making it safer through regulation, training, and attention, but there will always remain risks.


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The Point

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I will try in this post to get to The Point. I know many of my regular readers think I struggle with that. I meander, wander, and at times appear utterly lost. I get it. J.R.R. Tolkien noted in The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) that all may not be as appears: “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost." This, of course, does not mean I am not lost.

Perspectives on Evidence

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One of the great challenges of teaching students who wish to become lawyers is their view of facts. There is a tendency to see facts as absolutisms. I struggle at times to get them to accept, or at least consider, that there might be two perspectives on any given set of facts. I stress that one of the great advantages of being a lawyer is the comfort of dissecting any set of facts in retrospect. There are lawyers that make careers in the counselor or advisor role.

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Respond before the Trouble Starts

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It is persistently uncomfortable to see a lawyer accused of error or poor behavior. Too often, the news reports on attorneys who are accused of straying from the path. Petition for Disciplinary Revocation (August 2022). Judges too, are not immune from such challenges. Public Confidence (July 2022); Sign Language and Curiosities (July 2022). In Disciplinary Revocation , the story reportedly involved and "attorney already under emergency suspension."

State Court E-filing Evolving

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A recent story in The Florida Bar News provides some poignant reminders about the world as it is, and the challenges that some face. The system is being updated to distribute only document links instead of transmitting the actual documents as attachments.

Party like its 1499

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It is Thanksgiving 2022. I sit this morning with anticipation of the usual, the coming gluttony and regret. All signs point to it being a good day. There is a great deal to be thankful for in 2022, for me. As usual, there is a great deal to regret and lament in general. The world is not what it might be, and it certainly is not what it once was. As they say, "for better or worse," it "is what it is." I reasonably recently noted a milestone in A Decade (March 2022).

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Dobbs and Workers' Compensation

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There will be no readers this morning who have not heard about Dobbs v. Jackson , U.S. ; 19-1392 (June 24, 2022). In a word, the decision is broad. One might struggle with the implications for workers' compensation; I periodically get inquiries, essentially "what does this have to do with workers' comp." In a nutshell, the law has everything to do with workers' compensation, and this community is touched in many ways by the U.S. Constitution, and various aspects of state law.


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I have been writing about artificial intelligence (AI) for several years. There is an amazing evolution happening around us in terms of what machines can do. Remember Chatbot Wins 160,000 Legal Cases (June 2016), or Artificial Intelligence in Our World (January 2017)? More recently, there was Artificial Intelligence Surveillance (August 2020).

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Why so Many Words?

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The concept of electronic filing was conceptualized early in the 21st century and eventually deployed in 2005. I never imagined or envisioned where we are today, but was an early adopter of accepting emailed PDF files early this century.

Evolution and DNA

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Evolutionary change is in the news. It caused me to do some reading, in which I learned some interesting points from a professor at WTAMU : "there is no 'should' in evolution. Evolution is not goal-oriented; it has no end purpose." Instead, "Evolution is just the observation that creatures change over time," and humans have the capacity to change. Evolution takes at least hundreds of years, and "Accurate scientific predictions about the evolution of humans are nearly impossible."

Another Long-COVID View

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WCRI presented a Long COVID seminar on May 3, 2022. This provided an excellent overview of the challenges of the health effect of the recent pandemic and infections. The presentation in some specifics echoed the program presented recently by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). That is overviewed in Long COVID Seminar (April 2022). That post contains a link to view the ACOEM program. I recommend watching each of these.

Can I Buy you a Drink?

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This site has had a great many posts regarding the rate of overdose death in America. That interest is spurred, in part, from the allegations that many illicit drug users may get their introduction to troublesome habits and substances in the course of treatment for medical conditions, accidents, and illness. That is inextricably intertwined with the world of workers' compensation. Over the years, I have heard various stories and anecdotes of individuals "self-medicating" with alcohol as well.

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Board Certification Help

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I received an interesting inquiry from an attorney interested in pursuing Board Certification Worker’s Compensation. The application period is September 1 through October 31, 2022 (Halloween). The question was in two parts, and despite my familiarity with the OJCC database, was perplexing.

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The Day I Uninstalled Apps

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There has been a suspicion for years that the convenience of our society had the potential to reap corresponding harm upon us. It is, as they say, both a gift and a curse. Allice Hoffman is credited with the quote "I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It's always half-and-half.

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What about Tomorrow?

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The news feed recently brought an interesting read titled 7 Questions for CPCU Society President-Elect Brett Clausen. The pertinent focus of the piece is on the focus of a professional organization. Intriguingly, the article makes no mention of what CPCU is. Many likely recognize the designation from repetition and exposure, but it is worth noting this is Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter , and is a notable achievement and honor in the field of risk management and insurance.

A New Beginning

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Another WCI educational conference is in the can. Notably, 2022 was largely a return to the normalcy we all enjoyed before the Great Pandemic in 2020. The 2022 edition, however, brought both familiarity and change.

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Comp from the Supreme Court

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The 2021 Term of the United States Supreme Court concluded with high publicity and fanfare. The Court concluded that a long-held right was not in fact protected by the United States Constitution, and there was angst, anger, excitement, celebration, and a raft of reactions, emotions, and commentary throughout various communities. This was not the first time the Court has changed precedence. See Child Factory Labor? July 2022). It is unlikely to be the last.

Moments that Matter

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I recently ran across a fantastic retrospective published in 2018 by Time, " The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now. " It is a compilation of the thoughts of "25 acclaimed experts in U.S. history" and their thoughts on what has occurred that remains pertinent or important. The list is obviously both expansive in scope (centuries of U.S. History are addressed), and constricted (only 25 events).

Quiet Firing?

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There is an evolving nature of the employment relationship. I have written about “ quiet quitting “ (September 2022). This essentially equates to the employee doing only what is required and lacking any ambition or even tolerance for additional assignments or workload. That concept has been framed in the press as a generational construct, largely deriding the young. However, I have witnessed it throughout a long and varied course of occupations.

Wikipedia in the News

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The topic of Wikipedia is not new. Many people use this online amalgamation of thoughts and opinions as if it were an encyclopedia or learned treatise. In 2006. The Register discussed students receiving failing grades after citing the site.

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What Have You Done Lately?

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With age comes a certain retrospection. I have had many conversations over the years with lawyers that enjoy outstanding reputations and success in this community. But what drew them here? I have yet to meet someone that went to college with the dream of practicing in workers' compensation. It is fraught with opportunity, uncertainty, and challenges. An old pilot once told me that his profession was marked by long, boring repetitions punctuated with moments of sheer terror.

Driving is Dangerous

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There are frequently stories in the news that remind us of dangers in the workplace. See Thoughts on Safety from the News (September 2022). Work can present safety challenges that require persistent attention, and are the subject of various statutes, rules, and regulations, both state and federal. The topic of workplace safety is complex and detailed. The news last week was replete with reminders of the challenges of our roadways, vehicles, and people who make their living with them.

Anonymity and Emotional Intelligence

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I recently found myself in the Doge's Palace in Venice, standing before a bocche di leone (lions’ mouth). Several remain throughout the city, each an "intricately carved face.with a slot at the mouth into which letters could be inserted."

Exercise is Good

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ABC News reports recently that the U.S. may be facing a "triple threat" this winter with respiratory illness. The trend is already apparent with cases of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSD), and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The three are being discussed and feared as a "trilpledemic." The onset of flu and the RSD is perceived as being earlier this year than expected, and the numbers seem significant, particularly among the young.

Beyond the Dollar: Why Fertility Benefits Are About More Than Financial Support

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Science Evolving

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Litigation is replete with evidentiary issues. The acquisition (discovery) and submission (evidence) are among a lawyer's greatest challenges. As I teach evidence, I find that students of the law struggle mightily with the issues of relevance and hearsay, as do many lawyers. However, a more sophisticated stumbling point is the expression and foundations of expert opinions. Expertise and science persist in litigation.

The Next Thing?

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Last year, I noted that the Metaverse is Coming (October 2021). There was a follow up in November when one of the social media companies actually changed its name to reflect its belief in the coming of a new interactive computer world of the future: The Metaverse (November 2021).

Hints and Thoughts

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I’ve been having a great many telephone conversations recently around the central theme of professionalism. There is a sentiment that the detachment brought on by evolving technology, and accelerated by the pandemic, has led to a deterioration in interpersonal skills. Worse, there are perceptions that this deterioration is eroding professionalism in broad contexts. There are a great many skills required for good lawyers and great negotiators. It helps to have knowledge.

Discrimination Law

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In 1977, the Florida Legislature enacted section 760.10 Unlawful Employment Practices. There have been revisions in the interim, but a major revision was passed in 2022, referred to by the legislative action, " House Bill (HB) 7." This relocated two paragraphs of the existing bill, and inserted a new paragraph (8): "Subsections (8) through (10) of section 760.10, 61 Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (9) through 62 (11), respectively, and a new subsection (8) is added."

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