Kids Chance of Arizona defrays school costs for children of injured workers

anniv Jean Gage 09By Jean Gage
CopperPoint Legal Services Manager

The effects of a serious industrial injury on a family can be financially devastating. For this reason, CopperPoint Insurance Companies is a proud sponsor of Kids Chance of Arizona.

Kids Chance of Arizona is a 501(3)(C) nonprofit that provides scholarships to the children of injured or fallen workers in Arizona. Its mission is to fulfill the dreams of children who cannot reach their potential without help.

The scholarships include payment for tuition, books and/or living expenses for undergraduate degree or vocational programs. The children must apply each semester, and there is an expectation that they will maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Consideration is given to other aid the child may be awarded from other grants or scholarships.

To date, Kids Chance of Arizona has awarded 251 scholarships totaling nearly $600,000.

Kids Chance of Arizona conducts various activities throughout the year to raise funds for these scholarships. These include 5K runs, a bowl-a-thon and a gala.

To learn more about these events and how you can help sponsor these activities, please visit azkidschance.org. Also, if you would like to get involved or contribute to this worthwhile organization, please visit the website.

Finally, if you know of a child who may benefit from this program, have him or her submit an application through the website. An investment in our children, is an investment in our future!

Employees Sick Again? 5 Tips to Manage Seasonal Illnesses

DeniseBlommelBy Denise M. Blommel
Attorney

Despite the best weather in the nation, many Arizonans are suffering from allergies, colds and influenza. Human Resource professionals are fielding calls from supervisors about the many employees who are calling in sick and complaining about being short-handed.

On the other hand, even more employees are coming to work hacking and sneezing in order to work more hours to make ends meet. And the government will be mandating seven paid days of sick leave for employees of federal contractors beginning in 2017.

What’s an employer to do? Here are some tips: Continue reading

Court Finds That Scheduled Injury Notice is Final

Mattos v. Starwood/Zurich, (Court of Appeals, Division One, Memorandum Decision, filed 7/2/2015)

The issue in this unpublished Memorandum Decision from Division One of the Court of Appeals is whether the original notice of permanent disability, which closed the claim with a scheduled disability for a shoulder and elbow injury, was void on its face and whether the claim should be closed with an unscheduled disability following a petition to reopen. Continue reading