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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/2/2015)

WCRI Study Updates on Rising Hospital Costs in Workers Compensation . OR WCD Releases Full Report on 2014 WC Premium Rate Ranking . Study on Opioid Tolerance Could Help Pain Patients Stay on Lower Dosages . Study: Risk of Unintentional Overdose Twice as High for Long Acting Opioid Users . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/9/2015)

Obama’s Budget Proposal Mandates Reporting of Workers Comp Benefits to SSA . ProPublica Comments on OSHA Study of Inequality, Lack of Workplace Safety . The Atlantic: Workers Comp Policy “Doesn’t Really Seem to Involve You Until It Does” . PBS Newshour Interviews Journalists...

Louisiana: Injured Worker’s Average Weekly Wage Should Have Included Tips

An injured worker’s average weekly wage should have been computed not only based on the $400 he received each week from his employer; the tips he received should also be included, held a Louisiana appellate court. The court initially observed that the claimant testified that he earned an average...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/6/2015)

NPR Reports on Impact of Employers/Insurer Medical Control in California . House Passes Legislation That Could Increase Medicare Physician Payments . Insurance Regulators Address Ride Sharing Insurance Coverage Gaps . Study Finds 25% Rate of Opioid Misuse, 10% Addiction Rate . Study on Opioid...

Louisiana: High Court Says Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Falls “Squarely” Within Parameters of State Comp Act

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Louisiana held that occupational noise-induced hearing loss (“NIHL”) fell squarely within the parameters of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act (LWCA), either the pre–1990 definition of “accident” or the post–1975...

Louisiana: Casino Employee’s Parking Lot Injuries Found Compensable

A Louisiana court affirmed an award of workers’ compensation benefits to a casino employee who sustained neck injuries when, as she searched for a parking space in one of the casino’s parking lots where casino employees and employees of casino contractors were instructed to park, her vehicle...

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

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...

Louisiana: Worker’s Indemnity Reduced by 50 Percent for Failure to Follow Rehabilitation Order

An injured worker’s unwillingness to participate in an adult education program in order to obtain his GED as part of an approved vocational rehabilitation program justified reducing the worker’s weekly indemnity benefits by 50 percent, held a Louisiana appellate court. The court noted that...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/3/2015)

RIMS/Advisen: Stable Insurance Market Shows Decline in Workers Comp Costs . Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress . Luxe Valet On Demand Service Converts Contractors to Employees . Lawmakers Seek to Investigate DOJ’s Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Patients, Providers...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/10/2015)

GAO Blasts SSA for Inability to Detect Concurrent FECA Payments . Private Investigators Say Drones Useful in Uncovering Workers Comp Fraud . Federal Judge to Rule in Coming Weeks on Uber Class Action Certification . Opioid Use Linked to Poor Outcomes in WC Patients Having Discogenic Fusion ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/5/2015)

NCCI Posts Sept. 2015 Quarterly Economics Briefing Newsletter . ProPublica Wins Journalism Award for ‘Insult to Injury’ Workers’ Comp Series . EEOC Declares Workers Comp Guidelines Don’t Supersede ADA . AL: NCCI Explains 8.2 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing . CA...

Louisiana: Trial Court May Not Rule on Constitutionality Issue at Preliminary Injunction Hearing

The Supreme Court of Louisiana held that a district court erred when it determined, following a hearing on plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, that various provisions of the medical treatment schedule contained in the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act were unconstitutional...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/26/2015)

Senator Sanders, Dem Lawmakers Warn Labor Secretary Perez About Opt Outs . CEPR Examines Cuts in Workers Comp and Rising SSDI Payments . NCCI Announces New President and CEO William E. Donnell . Obama Announces Guidelines for Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin Use . CDC Drafts Guideline...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/2/2015)

Latest Map of Uninsured in America Shows Lack of Health Insurance in the South . Survey of Occupational Injuries, Illnesses Shows Nearly 3 Million Workplace Injuries in 2014 . EEOC Proposes Allowing Genetic Information for Voluntary Workplace Wellness Programs . Congressional Blog Warns of Injured...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/16/2015)

Experts Predict Shrinking of Workers Comp, Blurring of Healthcare/WC Systems . CEOs of On Demand Companies Call for Worker Safety Net, Work Protections, Benefits . Domestic Worker Advocates Push New Initiatives for On-Demand Workers . CDC Posts Factors Associated With Poor Control of 9/11-Related...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/23/2015)

WCRI: Medical Prices Lower, Grew Slower in States With Medical Fee Schedules . OSHA Seeks Public Comment on Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines . US Dept. of Labor Proposes Rule to Update Implementation of EEOICPA . Documentary Film Made of Temp Worker Killed in Tragic Accident...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/7/2015)

NCCI Analyzes State Differences in Diagnosis, Treatment of Joint Injuries . Businesses Consider Purchase of Active Shooter Insurance . Study Finds News Media Focuses on Criminal, Not Preventative Aspects of Opioid Abuse . CA: DWC Posts Changes to OMFS (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner...

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

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 .” ...

Federal: Non-Operating Partner in Joint Venture Qualified as Statutory Employer of Injured Worker

A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a non-operating partner in a joint-venture qualifies as a “statutory employer,” as that term is used in the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act, even though the operating partner signed a contract with the other joint venturer...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2016)

Doctor’s Union Challenges Medical Management Companies, Outsourcing . US DOL Reports US Mining Deaths Dropped to New Lows in 2015 . AIG Invests in Wearable Devices to Promote Workplace Safety . 91 Percent of Patients Overdosing on Opioids Continued to Get Painkiller Prescriptions . ...

Louisiana: Bonuses Paid at Start and Finish of Out-of-State Work Did Not Turn Travel Into Employment Activity

A Louisiana appellate court affirmed summary judgment in favor of a defendant employer whose employee rear-ended a van, killing the van’s driver and causing catastrophic injuries to the plaintiff who was a passenger in the van. At the time of the accident, the employee was driving from a job site...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/1/2016)

Lyft Settles Calif. Lawsuit for $12.5M, Drivers Still Not Classified as Employees . Price Wars Between Insurers and Drug Companies Impact Patients’ Healthcare . AMA Recommends Changes to CDC’s Proposed Opioid Prescription Policy . AK: WCD Posts Filing Requirements for Annual Reports...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/7/2016)

OSHA Head Unveils Plans for 2016 . Federal Court Upholds Wellness Program, Rejects Lawsuit Filed by EEOC . NAIC Posts Latest Rankings for P&C Insurers Market Share . Risks Inherent With Sharing Economy Posed to Increase 20 Fold+ During Next Decade . ProPublica Workers Comp Investigation...

Louisiana: Parish Sheriff’s Office May Not Be Sued by Prisoner Injured While on Work Release

A Louisiana parish sheriff’s office that administered a work release program, pursuant to which a prisoner worked for the parish “police jury” as a “hopper” on a garbage truck, was not the prisoner’s employer and did not owe a duty of providing a safe working environment...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/20/2016)

Labor Official Touts 10th Anniv. of Mine Improvement/New Emergency Response Act . Implant Approved to Help Fight Opioid Dependency . CA: DWC to Enforce Lien Claimants’ Use of Uniform Assigned Name . CA: DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2017 . CA: Columnist: California...