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

January 19, 2015 (3 min read)

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, No Smell Marijuana e-Cigarettes Can Be Used Anywhere.

AK: WCD Posts New Mileage Reimbursement Rate.

CA: WCIRB Report Shows Continued Increase in Claim Frequency.

CA: WCRI: Physician Dispensers Continue to Charge Much More Than Pharmacies.

CA: Court of Appeal Accepts VIAW’s Amicus Brief in Stevens Case.

CA: Temp Worker Nurse Stuck in Calif. for 3 Years for Workers Comp Purposes.

CA: CalChamber Provides Analysis of Governor’s 2015-16 Budget.

CA: DWC Posts 22nd Annual Educational Conference Agenda.

CO: DLE Adopts Shoulder, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Medical Treatment Guidelines.

DE: OWC Posts Final Version of Rule Changes Related to Fee Schedules.

FL: US DOL, FL Dept. of Revenue Sign Agreement to Reduce Employee Misclassification.

ID: IC Elects New Chairman.

ID: IC Posts Changes to Records Request Procedures.

ID: IC Posts Latest Rule Amendments for 2015 Legislative Session.

IL: High Court to Rule on Appellate Bond in State Treasurer’s Lawsuit Against IWCC.

IL: WCRI: Physician Dispensers Continue to Charge Much More Than Pharmacies.

IN: WCB Explains 2015 Second Injury Fund Assessments.

IA: Ex-Director Accused of Improperly Influencing ALJs in Workers Comp Cases.

LA: LWC: State Rate of Nonfatal Workplace Injuries Better Than National Average.

MI: Governor Signs SB 211 Firefighter Cancer Presumption.

MO: DWC Posts 2014 Annual Report.

MT: LMAC Reviews 2015 Bill Proposals.

MT: Dept. of Labor Posts New Mileage Reimbursement Rate.

NV: DIR to Hold Workshop on Provider Reimbursement Recommendations.

NJ: Governor Nominates Three Workers’ Compensation Judges.

NJ: LWD Announces New Process for Adjournment, Ready Hold Forms.

NM: ACI Sets Legislative Agenda for Workers’ Comp Reform in 2015.

NY: NYWCIRB Posts Revised Pension Tables Eff. 1-1-2015.

NC: IC Posts Guidance on Provisional Form 25PR, Preauthorization Review.

OK: Defense Lawyers Decry Dist. Court Ruling as Dismantling Grand Bargain.

OK: WC Advisory Council Says High Court May Soon Hear Dist. Ct. Ruling.

OK: Widower of Beheaded Employee Receives Death Benefits.

OK: WCC Issues Alert for Emergency, Permanent Rule and Form Changes.

OR: Prefiled Bill Would Create Employee Misclassification Task Force.

OR: WCD Posts Proposed Changes for Medical Fee, Payment Rules.

OR: WCD Posts Corrected Cost-to-Charge Ratio for Out-of-State Hospitals.

OR: WCD Posts Updated List of Registered Voc Rehab Providers.

PA: Court Denies Comp Benefits for Ex-Senate Aide for Fall at Holiday Party.

SC: WCC Posts Latest Net Present Value Tables.

TX: DWC Finalizes Form 230 Surety Bond for Assumed Certified Self-Insurance Liabilities.

TX: Governor Appoints Mattax as Insurance Commissioner.

TX: House Committee Recommends Study of Businesses Going Bare on Workers Comp.

TX: House Committee Recommends Study of Impact of Employee Misclassification.

TX: House Committee Recommends Transferring PDMP to State Board of Pharmacy.

TX: DWC Provides Update on New OSHA Reporting Requirements.

TX: DWC Adopts Rule Changes for Prepaid Access Cards.

WA: WSIA Posts 2015 Legislative Agenda for Workers’ Comp Changes.

WV: Governor’s Budget: Workers Comp Unfunded Liability to Be Fully Paid by CY2016.