In Part One of this series, the HR Fly listened in on the beginning of a workers’ compensation preliminary hearing, as the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) started the hearing, set the parameters and questioned the employment attorney as to the employer’s self-insurance against workers’ compensation claims.
ALJ: On the question of Mr. Smith’s intoxication, Ihave evidence from Acme in the form of eyewitness testimony from other Acmeemployees, photographic evidence of beer bottles at the work site and a recordfrom St. Mary’s Hospital, where Mr. Smith appeared after his accident. Thatrecord indicates that Mr. Smith refused a breathalyzer test. From Mr. Smith, Ihave his deposition testimony and his personnel record. Mr. Smith, why did you refuse the breathalyzer test?