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

January 06, 2015 (4 min read)

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. Reports Lost Time Injury, Illness Rate Down by 46% in FY2014.

AK: Governor Appoints Heidi Drygas as Labor Commissioner.

AR: WCC Posts Advisory on Payment Methods for Workers Comp.

AZ: ICA Corrects Fee Schedule Reimbursement Values.

CA: DWC Responds to Inquiries Re 2015 Update to Physician Fee Schedule.

CA: AD Announces 2015 Profile Audit Review, Full Compliance Audit Performance Standards.

CA: DWC Posts Example of End of MPN Coverage Notice.

CA: DWC Posts Revised WCIS Rules for Add’tl 15-Day Public Comment Period.

CA: DWC Issues 3rd 15-Day Notice for Modification to Proposed MTUS Rules.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS (Pathology, Clinical Lab Section).

CA: DIR Posts 2014 Legislative Digest, Overview of New Laws.

CA: WCIS to Form Working Group for Self-Insureds.

CA: Sean McNally Elected 2015 Chair of CHSWC.

CA: CHSWC Posts 20 Year Retrospective.

CA: Cal Chamber Explains Subcontractor Liability, Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws.

CA: U.S. Sup. Ct. Denies Cert. in Affinity Logistics Employee Misclassification Case.

CA: WCIRB Posts Agenda for Jan. 6 Classification & Rating Meeting.

CA: State Senator Tony Mendoza (D) to Chair Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

CA: Governor Makes Appointments to OSHA Board, Fraud Assessment Commission.

CA: L.A. City Under Fire for Long Injury Leave for Workers.

CT: State Senator-elect Tony Hwang (R) to Head Labor and Public Employees Committee.

DE: Ins. Commissioner to Hold Hearing on WC Rate Decreases for 2015.

FL: DWC Posts New Maximum Weekly Compensation Rate Eff. 1-1-2015.

FL: FOIR Touts Health of Florida Workers Comp Insurance Market.

HI: DLIR Cancels Proposed Amendments to Medical Fee Schedule.

ID: Supreme Court to Consider Amending Idaho Appellate Rules.

ID: IC Posts More Proposed Rule Changes for 2015 Legislative Session.

ID: IC Posts Update to Records Request Procedures.

IL: IWCC Posts Reminder of Deadline for Public Self-Insured Employers’ Report.

IL: IWCC Stops Uninsured Employers.

IL: New Fee Schedule Posted Jan. 1.

IN: WCB Posts 2015 Second Injury Fund Recommendation Report, Certification Forms.

IA: No Bad Faith Denial for Refusal to Pay Undocumented Worker’s Groceries, Cable TV.

KY: Court Affirms Limitation of Attorney’s Fee in Comp Claim Involving Multiple Beneficiaries.

LA: Insurance Commissioner Announces Workers Comp Rate Decline 2nd Year in Row.

MA: State Loses $100M a Year Due to Worker Misclassification.

MI: WCA Posts New Maximum Weekly Benefit Rates.

MI: WCA Says Amended Rules to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Medical Costs.

MI: WCA Announces New Fee Schedule Eff. Dec. 26, 2014.

MN: Commissioner OKs 2.9 Percent Decrease in Assigned Risk Premium Level.

MO: Insurance Dept. Recommends Workers Comp Rate Decrease for 2015.

MS: WCC Posts New Weekly Maximum Benefit Rate.

NE: Governor Appoints Julie Martin to Workers’ Compensation Court.

NH: Workers Comp Commission Study Inconclusive, Calls for Further Study.

NJ: Workers Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Remains High, While Rate Growth Slows.

NJ: Labor Commissioner Swears In Industrial Safety Committee Members.

NY: Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines, Rev. Medical Treatment Guidelines Eff. 12-15-2014.

NY: Governor Signs Bill to Close Loophole Denying Benefits to First Responders.

NY: Governor Announces Draft Medical Marijuana Regulations.

NY: Court Finds Worker’s Refusal of Light Work Justified.

NY: Business Council Proposes Changes to Schedule Awards, Preferred Provider Networks.

OH: Worker May Receive TTD Benefits Despite Positive Drug Test After Injury.

OK: WCC to Evaluate, Review Private Self-Insured Entities It Oversees.

OR: WCD Provides Guidance on Preferred Worker Program, Revised Form 4122.

OR: WCD Posts Guidance on Interpretation of Repetitive Use of Body Part: Spurger v. SAIF.

OR: DCBS Releases Statistics for 2013 Workers’ Comp Claims Characteristics.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Claims Processing Administrative Cost Factor.

OR: WCD Posts Injured Worker Vehicle Mileage Rate Eff. Jan. 1.

PA: PCRB Recommends 5.99 Percent Decrease in Loss Costs Filing.

PA: BWC Posts 2015 Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate.

PA: BWC Experiencing Backlog in Processing Record Requests.

RI: Governor Makes Appointments to Board of Directors for The Beacon Mutual Ins. Co.

SC: WCC Posts 2015 Maximum Weekly Compensation Rate.

TX: NCCI Explains 10.9 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

TX: DWC Announces Insurance Carrier Performance Based Oversight Results.

TX: DWC Reports Rate of Work-Related Injuries Requiring Time Off Work Decreased in 2013.

TX: DWC Approves 10 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers Comp.

TX: DWC Seeks Comments on DWC Form 230, Surety Bond for Certified Self-Insurance Liabilities.

TX: DWC Posts Discount Rate, Interest Rate for 1/1/2015-3/31/2015.









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