The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Center has selected its 2009 honorees for the Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues. Congratulations to all the honorees!
We thank our community members and Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board members for giving us their input.
These top blogsites contain some of the best writing out there on workers' compensation and workplace issues. They contain a wealth of information for the workers' compensation community with timely news items, practical information, expert analysis, practice tips, frequent postings, and helpful links to other sites.
These blogsites also show us how workplace issues interact with politics and culture. Moreover, they demonstrate how bloggers can impact the world of workers' compensation and workplace issues.
This year we've categorized the top blogs to honor ongoing achievement, the best newcomers, community blogs, company blogs, law firm blogs, individual bloggers, international sites, and more. You can view the complete list below.
We now want to hear your recommendations on which of these 25 blogs should be considered for Top Blog of the Year. Please logon to your free web center account to post your suggestions no later than November 11, 2009. If you haven't registered at our site yet, click here. Registration is free. The LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Staff will review all comments and then make a final determination for the #1 blog for 2009. COMMENT PERIOD HAS ENDED. READ OUR SELECTION FOR TOP BLOG OF THE YEAR.
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TOP 25 BLOGS FOR
WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND WORKPLACE ISSUES
Best Ongoing Achievement
Managed Care Matters
Published by Joseph Paduda
Since October 2004 Managed Care Matters has been the “go to” weblog on health care cost containment, health policy, health research, and medical news for insurers, employers, and healthcare providers. This weblog is frequently cited by industry leaders and a must read for anyone who wants to understand the intersection of health care and workers’ compensation issues.
Published by USMWF
Created in January 2007, this compendium of news on death in the workplace is a somber reminder of the tragedy that occurs with workplace safety gone wrong. Weekly Toll puts a human face on workplace fatality statistics, and gives the worker’s family and friends a chance to honor and grieve for their loved one as well as to seek answers to prevent further deaths in the workplace.
Workers’ Comp Insider
Published by Lynch Ryan
Considered by many as the gold standard for workers’ comp blogs, the Workers’ Comp Insider covers it all: workers' compensation, risk management, business insurance, workplace health & safety, occupational medicine, and much more. Launched in September 2003, this weblog proved how a company can harness the power of the open web by allowing its employees to voice their opinions and showcase the company’s expertise.
Best Blogs to Watch
Alabama Workers’ Comp Blawg
Published by Fish Nelson LLC
One of the best newcomers this past year has been Alabama Workers’ Comp Blawg, which covers both state and national news. What we like about this blog is that it tells you in plain English what the real impact of a court’s decision or other change in the law will be, and provides practice pointers and opinions of the writers.
Delaware Detour & Frolic
A workers’ comp law blog by Cassandra Roberts
Truly one of the best kept secrets this past year has been Delaware Detour & Frolic by Cassandra Roberts, a senior partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. This well-written law blog from “The First State” is a rarity in that its author represents both employers and injured workers. If ever there was a blog with a balanced point of view, this is it.
KCA’s Workers’ Compensation & Employment Law Blog
Published by Keefe, Campbell & Associates, LLC
The City of Chicago is famous for many things, including now KCA’s Workers’ Compensation & Employment Law Blog. Launched in September 2008, this prolific blog covers local, state and national news, effortlessly blending legal analysis, opinion and wit.
Best Community Blogs
Created by Ansell Healthcare on Ning
With over 1,900 members, Safety Community is the first online community created exclusively for safety managers, foremen, factory and constructions workers, and all others for whom workplace safety is a profession or passion. This exceptional social network features daily news items, videos, photographs, and blogs posted by its members.
Workers’ Compensation Forum (renamed Work Comp Analysis Group)
Owner: Mark Walls
Workers' Compensation Forum, with over 2,000 members strong, is the largest group on LinkedIn dedicated to workers' compensation issues. This vibrant community features news feeds and an active "spam free" message board, where members ask questions and join in on roundtable discussions of key issues.
WorkersCompensation.com on Twitter
With over 500 followers and 2,200 tweets, WC CompNewsNetwork on Twitter keeps its followers current with national and state news related to workers’ compensation, workplace safety, insurance, and employment issues. WorkersCompensation.com has mastered the art of tweeting and push technology for those of us who like receiving small bites of information.
Best News Industry Blog
Comp Time by Roberto Ceniceros
Published by Business Insurance
You can rely on Comp Time, written by Roberto Ceniceros, one of the best business journalists in the country, to cut to the chase when it comes to recent developments in the world of workers’ compensation. This timely blog reveals insights from Ceniceros and industry insiders.
Best Individual Bloggers
Colorado Workers’ Comp Blog
Published by Richard E. Falcone, Esq.
The Colorado Workers’ Comp Blog’s winning formula is “less is more”. The blog packs a lot of information into short write ups, while making it easy to understand, whether or not you’re an attorney.
Judge Tom Talks
Published by Judge Tom Leonard
This refreshing blog from Judge Tom Leonard, who serves on the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, warns that the opinions set forth in his blog are not final authority and he reserves the right to change his mind. Judge Tom Talks is the quintessential “virtual watercooler”.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Journal
Published by Robert Vonada
Launched in December 2002, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Journal is one of the longest-running workers’ comp blogs covering both state and national news. The blog is a must read for anyone trying to stay abreast of the latest developments in
Pennsylvania practice and procedure.
Workers Comp Zone
Published by Julius Young
If anyone can blend politics with legal analysis and a travel log, it’s Julius Young at Workers Comp Zone. He’s got his finger on the pulse of
California workers’ compensation law and politics, using his unique and wry sense of humor to give us the low down on the latest news.
Published by Jon L. Gelman
This prolific and widely respected blog analyzes trends and developments in workers’ compensation law nationwide. Workers’ Compensation blog provides both a bird’s-eye view of the national scene and the low down on what’s happening on the ground level in each state.
Best Group Blogs
New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance Blog
Published by New York State Workers’ Compensation Alliance
The New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance Blog illustrates how an organization can harness the power of the open web to communicate its views and to implement change. They’ve got their ear to the ground and keep the rest of us informed about what’s going on behind the scenes when it comes to
New York politics and the workers’ comp system.
Published by Kane
Written by five health and safety industry insiders, OSHA Underground is the “virtual watercooler” for all things OSHA. The bloggers don’t hold back on what they think about proposed regulations, safety violations, hazardous conditions, the failures of OSHA, and more.
Best Company Blogs
Cut Comp Costs Blog
Published by J&L Risk Management Consultants
Well written and insightful, Cut Comp Costs Blog explains the nuts and bolts for how employers can reduce their premiums. If you’re an employer and want to connect the dots between politics and workers’ compensation and the impact on your premiums, Cut Comp Costs Blog is the place to start.
The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog and Information Resource
Published by MedVal
The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog provides insights and advice for survival in the complex world of Medicare set asides. Given that the stakes are high when it comes to MSAs, it makes a lot of sense to visit this thought-provoking blog on a regular basis.
The Safety Blog
Published by Safety Services Company
The Safety Blog offers practical advice and tips to help companies with safety training and creating a safe work culture. Employers who are serious about making their workplace as accident proof as possible should visit The Safety Blog.
Workers’ Comp Kit Blog
Published by Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc.
Workers’ Comp Kit Blog deconstructs the complex system of workers’ compensation for employers to help them reduce their premiums. This prolific and well-written blog is the “go to” weblog for learning about workers’ compensation cost containment techniques and strategies.
Best Law Firm Blogs
New York Disability Law Blog
Published by Turley, Redmond & Rosasco, LLP
Well-written and insightful, the New York Disability Law Blog is a must read for anyone trying to stay abreast of the latest developments in both New York workers’ compensation and Social Security disability practice and procedure. It’s also one of the few workers’ comp weblogs that publishes “tweets” alongside its blogs, giving the reader the best of both worlds in one glance.
Published by Roland Niemi PLLC
OUCH!, which burst onto the
Kentucky workers’ compensation scene back in June 2008, has developed quite a following with its winning combination of news and analysis. OUCH! also leads the pack when it comes to the art of the blog and technology while maintaining an uncluttered and easy-to-follow weblog.
Best International Blogs
China Labour Bulletin Blog
Published by China Labour Bulletin
At the forefront of the worker revolution in China is the China Labour Bulletin Blog. Well-written and insightful, the China Labour Bulletin Blog advocates for workers rights in China, posting news and opinions that may have gone unnoticed in English language media, including information on migrant workers, pneumoconiosis victims, workplace hazards, workplace violence and suicide.
Safety at Work Blog
Published by Kevin Jones
Safety at Work Blog from Australia recognizes that workplace safety is both a business and social issue where workplace safety, human resources, industrial relations, organizational behavior, environment, quality management and social or psychological issues converge. Safety at Work Blog seeks to break down the barriers of each discipline, providing thought-provoking blogs on a wide variety of topics from workplace safety to workers’ compensation to politics and much more.
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