MA: Democratic-Controlled House Narrowly Defeats Bill to Block Illegal Immigrant Benefits

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Globe reports that the Democrat-controlled House yesterday narrowly defeated a bill to block public benefits, including workers' compensation, for illegal immigrants.

MA: Massachusetts Businesses to Save $75 Million in Proposed Workers' Comp Rates Under Deal

BOSTON, MA - Massachusetts businesses will save approximately $75 million in proposed workers’ compensation rates under a deal announced today by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office and the State Rating Bureau of the Division of Insurance. The insurance companies had sought an average...

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/8/2013)

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. STATE NEWS: CA: OAL Grants DWC Request for Readoption of Some Emergency Regulations . CA: DWC Issues Third 15-Day...

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/29/2013)

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. NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS: Cases on Retaliation for Reporting Workplace Injuries Doubled in Last Decade . Humana...

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/23/2013)

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. NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS: CA: DWC Final QME Regs Now in Effect . CA: DWC Posts Instructions on Interpreter Certification...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/30/2013)

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. NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS: US DOL Posts Final Rule re Byrd Amendments to Black Lung Benefits Act . White House Delays...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/14/2013)

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. NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS: WCRI 16-State Benchmark Study Measures Costs for Workplace Injuries . Small Businesses in...

Massachusetts: Between Insurers, Payment of Benefits Is No Waiver of Right to Contest Coverage

A Massachusetts appellate court held that an insurer's assumption of payment does not purport to constitute a waiver of its right to contest coverage with respect to another insurer. Accordingly, where the first insurer initially evaluated the matter as a recurrence claim and paid benefits, that...

Federal: Hospital Employee, Injured in Slip & Fall While Visiting Newborn Daughter, May Sue Employer in Tort

Construing Massachusetts law, a federal district court recently denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment in a negligence action filed against the employer—a medical center—by an employee who slipped and fell on a wet floor in the medical center’s Neonatal Intensive Care...

Massachusetts: Estate May Not Maintain Wrongful Death Against Directors of Nonprofit Employer

The estate of a residential treatment counselor at a mental health clinic may not maintain a wrongful death action against two directors of the mental health association that employed the decedent, held the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. The counselor was fatally attacked by one of the facility’s...

Massachusetts: University’s Control of Public Street Doesn’t Turn Street Into Its “Premises,” Injury Claim Barred by Going and Coming Rule

In a decision designated as unpublished, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts held that an M.I.T. employee, who sustained injuries in an accident as he drove his motor scooter home from work, did not sustain an injury arising out of and in the course of the employment; his claim was barred by the going...

Federal: Massachusetts Federal Court Strikes Down State Regulation Limiting Sale of New Opioid

A federal district court, indicating that state lawmakers “may not use vague regulations to sidestep or countermand federal law” for opioid dispensing, has struck down two Massachusetts regulations that would ban or limit sales of Zohydro ER, the only opioid analgesic whose sole active ingredient...