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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/16/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. US DOL Longshore Division Examines Need for First Payment Notification to District Director . Social Security ALJ Defends...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/23/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Federal Judge Appoints Co-Lead Counsel in AIG Workers Comp Policyholder Class Action Suit . Legal Talk Network Discusses...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/7/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Sixth Circuit Moves Forward ADA Claim by Employee Denied Telework . CDC Reports Opioid Painkiller Prescribing Varies...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/14/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. WCRI Releases New Edition of Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation . More Firefighters Die of Obesity-Related...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/28/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. OSHA Chief Says Workplace Inequality Isn’t Just Wages, It’s Workplace Hazards . EEOC New Guidelines on Pregnancy...

Tennessee: Undocumented Worker May Pursue Retaliatory Discharge Action

A Tennessee appellate court has held that an undocumented worker has standing to pursue a retaliatory discharge claim against an employer in spite of the fact that he or she may not be able to return to any job at all. Quoting Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law , § 66.03 to the effect...

Tennessee: Employee’s Decision to Take Buy-Out is Not Equivalent of Refusing Reemployment

The Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled that since an employee acted reasonably by accepting a voluntary buyout for reasons related to his injuries, his award of PPD was not limited to 1.5 times the employee’s medical impairment rating (“MIR”) under Tenn. Code Ann. § 50–6–241...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/18/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. WILG to Honor Steven M. Birnbaum With 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award . Insurers Complain About Sky-High Prices Charged...

Tennessee: Sheriff Secretary’s PTSD Claim Related to Violent Threats Barred as Untimely

A county sheriff’s personal secretary who, according to third-party witness accounts, was told by the sheriff during a heated exchange that her “ass is fired,” and that he would “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down” may not recover workers’ compensation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/29/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. New Study Finds Big Drop in Injury Rate When Mandated Nurse Staff Ratios Used . NCCI Posts Updated Experience Rating...

Tennessee: Farmer’s Lung Contracted From Conditions on Property Adjacent to and Not Owned by Employer Still Compensable

A Tennessee appellate court held that in connection with an occupational disease claim, an employee need not show that the exposure or risk is related to a substance that emanates from the employer; it is sufficient to show that the exposure or risk is “connected to” the employment. Accordingly...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/8/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. OSHA Reports 3 Million Workers Experienced Serious Injury or Illness on Job in 2013 . Three Compound Pharmacies Sue Express...

Tennessee: Pain-Management Physicians Exempt From State’s “Community” Doctor Rules

A Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court of Tennessee held that under the recently enacted pain-management provisions of Tenn. Code Ann. § 50–6–204(j) (2014), pain-management physicians whose offices are within 175 miles of the injured worker’s residence...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/26/2015)

NCCI President & CEO Stephen J. Klingel Plans to Retire in 2016 . H.R. 436 Would Amend Longshore Act Definition of Recreational Vessels . AK: DWC Updates Online Benefit Calculator . AR: WCRI Releases New Predictors of Worker Outcomes . CA: Postponement Likely for Calderon’s Public...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/17/2015)

Doctors, Drug Companies Exploit Loopholes in Physician Dispensing . Gig Workers Seek Labor Protections, Benefits . Zurich 4Q Profit Drops 20 Percent . H.R. 994 Would Improve Workers Compensation for Uranium Mining . Affordable Care Act Raises Stakes for Worker Misclassification . AZ: High...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/2/2015)

WCRI Study Updates on Rising Hospital Costs in Workers Compensation . OR WCD Releases Full Report on 2014 WC Premium Rate Ranking . Study on Opioid Tolerance Could Help Pain Patients Stay on Lower Dosages . Study: Risk of Unintentional Overdose Twice as High for Long Acting Opioid Users . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/23/2015)

WCRI Posts Annual Report and Research Review . Workers Sue Instacart (On Demand Grocery), Claim Misclassification . Immigrant Workers in Constant Fear of Deportation When Injured at Work . McDonald’s Employees File 28 Health and Safety Complaints in 19 Cities . ProPublica Responds to...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/30/2015)

ProPublica Examines Benefit Cuts, Medical Review, Preexisting Conditions, Choice of Doctor . ProPublica/NPR Answer Questions About Their Research on Workers Comp Articles . Risk Expert Says High Costs of Workers Comp Due Mainly to Management Problem . Walmart, Lowes, Safeway, Nordstroms &...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/6/2015)

NPR Reports on Impact of Employers/Insurer Medical Control in California . House Passes Legislation That Could Increase Medicare Physician Payments . Insurance Regulators Address Ride Sharing Insurance Coverage Gaps . Study Finds 25% Rate of Opioid Misuse, 10% Addiction Rate . Study on Opioid...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/13/2015)

NIOSH Recommends All Workplaces Be Tobacco Free, eCigarette Free . NIOSH Examines High Rate of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Among Poultry Workers . OSHA Updates Workplace Violence Protections for Healthcare, Social Service Workers . CMS Releases Version 4.6 of MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/20/2015)

US Senate Approves Sweeping Changes to How Medicare Pays Doctors . EEOC Proposes Rule on Application of ADA to Workplace Wellness Programs . WCRI Releases Nat’l Inventory of Cost Containment Initiatives Adopted in 51 Jurisdictions . NIOSH Finds Police Officers, Firefighters Have Largest...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/27/2015)

Who’s Opting Out of Workers’ Comp: Employers or the States Themselves ? BLS Releases 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Counts . Lockton: Red Herrings, Medical Overdiagnosis Impact Large Loss Workers Comp Claims . WCRI Webinar to Cover Regulating Medical Costs & Care...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/11/2015)

NIOSH, Ohio BWC to Study Impact of Integrating Wellness With OSH Programs . ACOEM/UL Propose New Framework for Integrating Health/Safety Programs in Workplace . U.S. Rep. Refiles Bill to Prevent ICD-10 Implementation . NIOSH Examines Higher Nurse-to-Patient Ratio to Improve Nurse Injury Rates...

Tennessee: Employer Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Contesting Department’s Authority to Order Second Panel of Physicians

A Tennessee court reversed a trial court and denied an employer’s petition for writ of certiorari within which the employer had asserted that the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development had exceeded its authority by ordering the employer to provide a second panel of physicians...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/8/2015)

NIOSH Research Improves Equipment Design to Help Protect Firefighters . Congressman Wants to Help Gig Economy Survive, Protect On-Demand Worker Rights . Bipartisan Legislation Unveiled for Medicare Secondary Payer, Workers Comp Settlements . AIA Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Administration...