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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/22/2015)

June 22, 2015 (2 min read)


Study: 26 States See Increase in Drug Overdose Death Rate.

NIOSH Examines Hazards of Temporary Employment.

NIOSH Proposes Adding Over 30 New Drugs to Hazardous Drug List.

Uber Adopts No Gun Policy for Drivers, Passengers After Chicago Shooting.

Study: Opioids, Barbiturates Being Overprescribed for Migraine Headache Sufferers.

AR: Court Upholds Ruling for Comp Benefits for Break Room Fall.

CA: FedEx, Drivers Reach $228M Settlement in Misclassification Lawsuit.

CA: Labor Commissioner Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors.

CA: Court Rules Joint Employers May Be Liable for Worker Misclassification.

CA: 2nd DCA Affirms Denial of Injunction to Bar WCAB From Collecting Lien Fees.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS (DMEPOS).

CA: DWC Issues 2nd 15-Day Comment Period for WC Benefit Notice Rules.

CA: FDA’s Investigation of Alleged Counterfeit Spinal Implants Criticized.

CA: SB 277 Drug Vaccine Opponents Claim Big Pharma Influenced Lawmakers.

CA: WCIRB, IIABCal to Host Workers Comp Webinar Educational Series.

CA: WCIRB Posts Videos, Presentations From Its Annual Conference.

CO: DWC Proposes Rule Changes for Utilization Standards, Medical Fee Schedule.

DE: Delaware Becomes 18th State to Decriminalize Recreational Marijuana.

GA: WCRI Finds Indemnity Benefits as Key Cost Contributor in GA WC System.

ID: IC Proposes Rule Changes for ASC, Rehab, Physician Fee Reimbursements.

IL: IWCC Posts Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report.

KS: Worker’s Lawsuit Against KDOL Under Rehabilitation Act to Move Forward.

LA: Workers Comp Advisory Council Posts Agenda for June 25 Meeting.

ME: MEMIC Honors Eight Businesses for Workplace Safety.

ME: MEMIC Provides Free Safe Assist Belts to Hundreds of Healthcare Policyholders.

MT: LMAC Posts Discussion of 2015 Legislative Review.

NJ: Governor Nominates Three Judges of Workers’ Compensation.

NY: Lawmakers Strike Deal on Regulating Nail Salon Industry.

NY: Officials Seize 496 Uber Cars for Illegal Pick Ups.

NY: Lyft, Attorney General Reach $300K Settlement for Insurance Law Violations.

NY: SWCB Posts New Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate Eff. 7-1-2015.

NY: SWCB Notes 2015-16 Budget Eliminates Several Workers’ Comp Fees.

NY: SWCB Announces BPR Roadshow Series for June-July 2015.

NC: House Committee Approves Bill to Crack Down on Employee Misclassification.

ND: WSI Officials Surprised by Decrease in WC Filings for Jan.-Mar. 2015.

OH: BWC to Send Workers Comp Settlement Checks to Over 24,000 Businesses.

OR: MAC July 10 Meeting to Discuss Impact of Brown v. SAIF on Medical Providers.

PA: Workplace Safety Committee Program Saved Employers $4.6M+ in May.

RI: NCCI Explains 2.5% Increase in Loss Cost Rate Filing.

SC: WCC Approves 13 Applications to Self-Insure.

SD: NCCI Explains 8.9% Decrease in Loss Cost Rate Filing.

SD: South Dakota Indian Tribe Legalizes Marijuana Use on Tribal Land.

TX: High Court Rules Nonsubscribers Have No Duty to Warn of Open, Obvious Hazards.

TX: DWC Posts June 2015 Safety & Health Update.

UT: DIA Announces It Won’t Mandate Adoption of ICD-10.

VA: Dept. of Labor Adopts New Policy to Address Worker Misclassification.

WI: Workers Comp Advisory Council Posts Legislative Proposals for 2015-2016.









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