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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/10/2014)

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. A.M. Best Reports Workers’ Comp Line Has Third Straight Year of Improvement . Investigation Looks at “Knock...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/17/2014)

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. NCCI Posts Comprehensive WC Financial Results for 2013, Estimates for 2014 . A.M. Best Reports Recent Improvement in...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/24/2014)

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. Massey Energy Ex-CEO Pleads Not Guilty for 2010 Mine Accident . Hearing Loss Prediction Study Questioned; Focus Should...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/1/2014)

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. EEOC Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Screening of Job Applicants w/History of Carpal Tunnel . Experts Warn of Employer Use of...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/15/2014)

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. Hospital Outpatient Costs Higher Where Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regs, No Fee Schedules . NCCI Develops Proof of WC...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/5/2015)

NIOSH Examines Link Between Firefighting and Cancer . Expert Provides Guidance on FLSA From Worker Perspective . AL: Labor Dept. Explains New OSHA Reporting Requirements Eff. Jan. 1 . AL: Injuries Sustained While Seeking Medical Treatment for Earlier Injury Held Compensable . AK: Labor Dept...

Texas Workers' Compensation: A Model of Stability Now on the Verge of Possible Change

Entering 2014, the Texas workers’ compensation system seemed to be a model of stability; something that would have been impossible to imagine only ten years ago. There was little controversy in the system and no major administrative rule changes were needed. In fact, other states began to look...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2015)

Congress Passes Legislation for TRIA Extension . US Postal Data Breach May Compromise Health Data for Nearly 500,000 Workers . Mark Walls at Safety National Discusses 2015 WC Issues to Watch . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 Version of WCMSA Reference Guide . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 of MMSEA User Guide . ...

Federal: Workers’ Civil Action Against Employer Related to Chemical Release Can Continue Toward Trial

A civil action filed against BP Products North America, Inc. (“BP”) by more than 500 plaintiffs—including some 315 employees—in connection with an accidental chemical release by the refinery may continue toward trial, held a federal district court in Texas. BP had filed a motion...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/19/2015)

President Obama Signs Six-Year Extension of TRIA . President Obama Unveils Plan for Family Leave, Sick Days for Workers . Liberty Mutual 2014 Workplace Safety Index Lists Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries . NIOSH Examines Increased Risks of Birth Defects From Workplace Exposures . No Smoke...

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 (2/2/2015)

H.R. 312 Would Provide Death Benefits for Families of Overseas Federal Contractors . Tips on Dealing With Workers Comp Issues in Transportation Industry . WSJ Investigates Whether On-Demand Workers Are Employees . “Uberization” of Jobs as Sea Change in Working World . Expert Explains...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/9/2015)

Expert Examines Whether Employee Classification Issues Hurt Uber Business Model . Uber Employee Email Exchanges Shed Light on Firing Practices of Drivers . Manufacturers Seek to Reduce Risks for Workplace Exposure to Chemical Flavorings . CMS Releases NGHP User Guide Version 4.5 (Feb. 2, 2015...

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 (2/23/2015)

House Bills Filed Seek End of Federal Prohibition on Marijuana . FDA Issues Draft Documents for Compliance With Laws on Compound Drugs . GENEX White Paper Examines Tipping Points of Routine Workers Comp Claims . WCRI Names New Executive Director and New CEO . NPR Series Examines Plight of...

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 (3/9/2015)

Obama’s Budget Proposal Mandates Reporting of Workers Comp Benefits to SSA . ProPublica Comments on OSHA Study of Inequality, Lack of Workplace Safety . The Atlantic: Workers Comp Policy “Doesn’t Really Seem to Involve You Until It Does” . PBS Newshour Interviews Journalists...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/16/2015)

WCRI Exec. Director: ProPublica/NPR Articles Don’t Prove Failure of WC System . OWCP Proposes Rule Changes for Longshore Act Electronic Submission of Documents . CA: Adoption of Drug Formulary in Calif. Would Set Trend for Other States . CA: WCIRB and CWCI Ambulatory Surgical Center Study...

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 &...

The Evolution of Reform: WCRI Panel Examines Resilience and Renovation in Workers’ Compensation

Closing session at WCRI’s annual conference examines workers’ comp systems in Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Florida By Ryan Benharris, Esq. Focusing on Resilience or Renovation, the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute Annual Convention (WCRI) closed its seminar on March 6...

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...