National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/3/2014)

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. KKR to Purchase Sedgwick for $2.4B . ACOEM Comments on Proposed Silica Rule . NCCI Posts FAQs on Terrorism Risk Insurance...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/10/2014)

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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/24/2014)

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. Opinion: Workers Comp No Fault System Should Be Applied to Personal Injury Cases . Opinion: States Should Duplicate PA...

Iowa: Subjective Intent Does Not Ordinarily Determine the Issue of Employment Status

An Iowa appellate court held that substantial evidence supported the workers' compensation commissioner's conclusion that an injured worker who worked for an hourly wage as a carpenter, at sites and times dictated by the employer, was an employee rather than an independent contractor since the...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/9/2014)

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: Court Upholds Walgreen’s Termination of Employee for Using Armed Self-Defense . John Hopkins Doctor...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/30/2014)

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Iowa: “Lower Extremity” Is Not Same Thing as “Leg”; Award Made for Injury to the Body as a Whole

An Iowa appellate court affirmed a finding that an injured employee's deep vein thrombosis constituted an injury to the body as a whole and that the employee was entitled to an award of 60 percent industrial disability. The court said substantial evidence supported the commissioner's determination...

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

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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/11/2014)

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Iowa: No Claim for Bad-Faith Denial Could Be Maintained Where Insurer Had Reasonable Basis for Initial Denial

Acknowledging that Iowa law recognized a common-law cause of action against an insurer for bad-faith denial or delay of insurance benefits, and the tort has been extended to include workers' compensation cases, an Iowa appellate court nevertheless affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurer...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/25/2014)

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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/2/2014)

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Iowa: Family Argument Over Nigerian Investment Scam Turns Ugly, Injury Claim Not Compensable

An Iowa appellate court affirmed a finding that a worker’s injuries were not accidental—and, therefore, not compensable—where evidence suggested the employer was owned by the worker’s husband and her brother, that her husband had been convicted of tax fraud in the wake of his...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/15/2014)

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. Improving WC Market Drives NCCI Recommendations for Rate Cuts in 15 States . Self-Funded Health Care Plans for Small...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/22/2014)

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

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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/13/2014)

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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/20/2014)

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 Study Compares Medical Costs for Injured Workers in 16 States . Investigation: Heroin, Opioid Use by Workers Surges...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/3/2014)

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

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

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Federal: No Bad-Faith Denial of Benefits Where Insurer Refused to Pay for Worker’s Groceries and Cable TV

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an order granting a workers’ compensation insurer summary judgment in an action originally filed in Iowa state court alleging the insurer had exercised bad faith in failing to pay an injured worker’s medical expenses, which because of unusual circumstances...

Iowa: Annual Profitability Bonus Should Be Included in Injured Worker’s AWW Computation

An Iowa appellate court held that an assistant manager’s annual bonus was sufficiently “regular” to be included in the assistant manager’s “gross salary, wages, or earnings” identified in Iowa Code § 85.36, and should, therefore, be included in the computation...

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...

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...