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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/13/2015)

April 13, 2015 (2 min read)

NIOSH Recommends All Workplaces Be Tobacco Free, eCigarette Free.

NIOSH Examines High Rate of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Among Poultry Workers.

OSHA Updates Workplace Violence Protections for Healthcare, Social Service Workers.

CMS Releases Version 4.6 of MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide.

Safety National, Sedgwick Offer Free Webinar on Workers Comp and Social Media.

Helios Offers Free Webinar on 2015 Workers Compensation Drug Trends.

AL: SB 330 Would Substantially Increase Workers Comp Benefits for Amputees.

AL: Attorney Predicts Alabama Workers Comp Reforms Unlikely This Year.

AK: Proposed Bill Would Clarify That Uber, Lyft Drivers Not Entitled to Comp Benefits.

AZ: Governor Signs Bill to Exempt Payments of Medical Marijuana for Injured Workers.

AZ: Governor Signs Bill for Forfeiture of Workers Comp Benefits Due to Fraud Conviction.

CA: WCIRB Submits July 1, 2015 Filing.

CA: WCIRB Sets Hearing Date for July 1, 2015 Pure Premium Rate Filing.

CA: DIR to Begin Accepting Applications April 13 for Checks From Return to Work Fund.

CA: 2nd DCA Schedules Oral Argument in Batten v. WCAB (SB 863 Challenge).

CA: DIR Submits Report on Process Safety Management Oversight of Petroleum Refineries.

CA: DIR, Cal/OSHA Announce Amendments to Heat Safety Regulations Eff. May 1.

CA: 10 Legislative Staff Members Subpoenaed in Calderon Corruption Trial.

CA: Senator DeLeon Subpoenaed as Witness in Calderon Corruption Trial.

CA: Conservative Newspaper Decries “Big Labor” Control of Calif. Legislature.

DE: OWC Clarifies Reimbursement Percentages for Non-Covered Medical Codes Re: ASCs.

ID: Industrial Commission Announces Most Current Version of EDI Claims Release 3.0.

KY: Court Finds Contractor Immune From Suit Filed by Employee of Subcontractor.

ME: MEMIC Names Daniel J. McGarvey as Chief Operating Officer.

MD: Subsequent Injury Fund Assessment Not Reduced Due to Retirement Offset.

MA: Bill Re-introduced to Expand Benefits for Permanent Disfigurement.

MN: Minnesota Workers Comp Insurers Assoc. Posts State of the Market Report.

NV: Injured Worker Advocate Decries SB 229 Workers Comp Changes.

NM: Governor Signs Bill to Clarify Cap on Temporary Disability, Mental Impairment Claims.

NY: WCB Proposes Rule Changes for Health Insurance Matching Program.

NC: Governor Nominates Christopher Loutit to Industrial Commission.

NC: Dept. of Labor Fatal Workplace Accident Numbers Disputed.

OH: Nurse’s Fall in Hospital ER Held Outside Course and Scope of Employment.

OH: Former BWC Chief Administrative Officer to Head State Dept. of Commerce.

OH: BWC Settlement Checks for Employers Delayed Until June.

OK: A Possibly Liberal-leaning OK Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Opt Out.

OR: WCD Revised Employer-at-Injury Program Reimbursement Request Form.

OR: SAIF Corp. Hires Kerry Barnett as New President and CEO.

PA: Governor Announces Significant Workers Comp Rate Cut.

SC: Commissioner’s Preferences Updated Re: Electronic Submission of APAs.

SC: WCC Clarifies Requirements for Filing Fees.

SC: WCC Updates Secure Email System Eff. April 11.

TN: Opt Out Bill Could Be Delayed Until 2016.

TX: Audit Criticizes CorVel’s Handling of WC Claims for Forth Worth.

TX: Hospital Says Ebola Nurse’s Claims Fall Under Workers Comp.

TX: Texas Workforce Commission Examines Employers’ Liability for Acts of Workers.

WV: Employee’s Unexplained Fall Found Idiopathic and Not Compensable.









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