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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/14/2015)

December 14, 2015 (3 min read)

ProPublica Investigates Tyson Foods’ Push for Workers Comp Changes.

Former Security Guards at US Nuclear Weapons Complex Decry Lack of EEOIC Benefits.

CDC Publishes 2011 Life Tables.

Brookings Publishes Policy Brief on Modernizing Labor Laws for “Independent Workers.”

Company Finds Affordable Care Act Did Not Have Major Impact on Profitability.

AK: WCB Posts Supp. Notice of Emergency Rule on Medical Fee Schedule Payments.

AK: WCB Posts Maximum/Minimum Compensation Rates for CY 2016.

AK: WCB Posts Latest List of Independent Medical Examiners.

AK: WCB Posts Death Benefit Rates for 2016.

AK: WCB Posts Second Injury Fund Contribution Rate for CY 2016.

CA: WCIRB Releases SB 863 Medical Costs Study.

CA: WCRI: SB 863 May Have Led to Decrease in Medical Payments Per Claim.

CA: AD Announces 2016 Profile Audit Review, Full Compliance Audit Performance.

CA: Injured Worker Files Petition for Review in IMR Constitutionality Case.

CA: OSIP Chief Jon Wroten to Retire From State Service.

CA: DWC Posts Spanish Version of Revised Benefit Notices.

CA: Federal Judge Expands Class Action Suit Against Uber.

CT: Two Commissioners Appointed for Calendar Year Beginning 1-1-2016.

FL: DWC Posts Updated Maximum Workers Compensation Rate.

FL: Jury Awards $1.8M to Zenith for Unpaid Premiums, Breach of Contract Dispute.

ID: NCCI Explains 0.2 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

IL: Governor Appoints Two Arbitrators to IWCC.

LA: Prescriptive Period Does Not Commence Until Party Has Knowledge of Cause of Action.

MD: WCC Posts 2016 Medical Fee Guide Materials.

MD: Governor’s Heroin & Opioid Task Force Submits Final Report, Recommendations.

MO: Missouri Supreme Court Rejects MMI as Bright Line Test to Award TTD.

NV: DIR to Hold Jan. 8 Hearings on Medical Fee Schedule, PPD Maximum Lump Sums.

NJ: Governor Nominates Two for Judge of Workers’ Compensation Positions.

NJ: Comp Benefits Denied to Owner of Business Based on Misrepresentations of Business.

NJ: Chief Judge Posts Memo on Counsel Fees.

NC: IC to Review Adopted Rules at Dec. 17 Meeting.

OH: Spouse of Ex-Toledo Mayor Seeks Death Benefits for Fatal Heart Attack.

OH: Bill to Regulate Ride-Sharing Services Heads to Governor’s Desk.

OR: High Court Rules Taxi Cab Company Misclassified Drivers as Independent Contractors.

OR: WCD Posts Temporary Amendments to Medical Fee and Payment Rules.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Claims Processing Administrative Cost Factor.

OR: WCD Revises Spanish Language Forms for Injured Workers.

OR: WCD Revises Forms for Administrative Review of Medical Disputes.

OR: Medical Advisory Committee Posts Agenda for Jan. 8 Meeting.

OR: WCD Publishes New Attorney Fee Matrix.

OR: WCD Posts Final 2016 Procedural, Hearings, Attorney Fee Rules.

RI: Judicial Nominating Commission Selects 3 Judges to Lead Workers Comp Court.

SC: WCC Posts Agenda for Dec. 14 Meeting.

TN: Insurance Expert Decries Opt Out “Gimmick” as Risky Proposal for Businesses.

TN: Lawmaker Says Opt Out Legislation Is True, Market-Based Alternative to Work Comp.

TX: DWC Announces Results of Performance Based Oversight.

TX: DWC Proposes Changes to Rules for Contents of Rule-Making Petitions.

TX: DWC Adopts Changes to Rules for Required Notices of Coverage.

TX: DWC Accepting Comments on New Workers Comp Complaint Form.

VT: NCCI Explains 2.6 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

VA: Senate Approves Bill to Curb Opioid Use in Veterans Health Administration.









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