National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/19/2014)

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Employer Reps Say Wage Theft Unintentional Due to Complex Regulations.

Obese Workers Cost Employers $4K More in Health-Related Costs Each Year.

NIOSH Center for Workers Comp Studies Seeks to Reduce Risk of Opioid Dependence.

CA: Governor Signs AB 1035 Extension of Time for Filing Firefighter Death Benefits.

CA: Speaker of Assembly Appoints New Commissioner to CHSWC.

CA: WCAB/DWC Changes Stipulations, DOR, Doc Separator Sheet.

CA: DWC to Hold Public Hearing for MTUS Regulations.

CA: DWC to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule.

CA: 500 CEO’s Rank California as Worst State in Nation for Businesses.

CO: DWC Posts Notice to Decrease Premium Surcharge Rate.

DE: Governor Applauds Task Force’s Workers’ Comp Recommendations.

FL: DWC Proposes Rule re Stop Work Orders Against Successor Corporations.

IN: WCRI Study Indicates Hospital Outpatient Costs Increased 51 Percent.

IN: Northwest Indiana Seeks to Lure Businesses From Chicago.

LA: Louisiana Continues High Rate of Narcotic Use Than Typical States.

ME: MEMIC Appoints 3 Senior Underwriters in VA, MD, FL.

MN: DLI to Publish Notice of Intent to Adopt Spinal Cord Stimulators, Drug Pump Rules.

MN: DLI Wraps Up 2014 Legislative Changes.

NE: Attorney Seeks to Rein in OSHA Investigations.

NV: WCS Warns PPD Evaluations Not Interchangeable With IMEs.

NY: Insurance Group Urges Lawmakers to Pass SB 7268/AB9224 Notice of Renewals.

NY: New York Continues High Rate of Narcotic Use Than Typical States.

OH: Court Rules BWC Overcharged Premiums to Thousands of Employers.

PA: Political, Labor Leaders Decry Lack of Enforcement of Construction Misclassification Laws.

TN: LWD Appoints Eight Judges to Newly Formed Workers Comp Court.

TN: Businesses Get Ready for Workers’ Comp Changes in July 2014.

TX: Lawmakers Consider More Regulation to Address Wage Theft in Construction Industry.

TX: DWC Posts Procedural Change re Scheduling Orders at Initial Benefit Review Conferences.

WV: High Court Rules Man’s Lung Cancer Caused by Smoking, Not Abestos.

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