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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/13/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. National WC Premium Rate Rankings Announced; Calif. Most Expensive State . Regulators List Top 5 Workers’ Comp...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/20/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. WCRI Study Compares Medical Costs for Injured Workers in 16 States . Investigation: Heroin, Opioid Use by Workers Surges...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/3/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. LexisNexis Offers Complimentary CLE-Accredited Webinar on Workplace Violence . NESRI Posts National Workers’ Comp...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/1/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. EEOC Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Screening of Job Applicants w/History of Carpal Tunnel . Experts Warn of Employer Use of...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/15/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Hospital Outpatient Costs Higher Where Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regs, No Fee Schedules . NCCI Develops Proof of WC...

Federal: No Bad-Faith Denial of Benefits Where Insurer Refused to Pay for Worker’s Groceries and Cable TV

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an order granting a workers’ compensation insurer summary judgment in an action originally filed in Iowa state court alleging the insurer had exercised bad faith in failing to pay an injured worker’s medical expenses, which because of unusual circumstances...

Iowa: Annual Profitability Bonus Should Be Included in Injured Worker’s AWW Computation

An Iowa appellate court held that an assistant manager’s annual bonus was sufficiently “regular” to be included in the assistant manager’s “gross salary, wages, or earnings” identified in Iowa Code § 85.36, and should, therefore, be included in the computation...

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

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/19/2015)

President Obama Signs Six-Year Extension of TRIA . President Obama Unveils Plan for Family Leave, Sick Days for Workers . Liberty Mutual 2014 Workplace Safety Index Lists Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries . NIOSH Examines Increased Risks of Birth Defects From Workplace Exposures . No Smoke...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/26/2015)

NCCI President & CEO Stephen J. Klingel Plans to Retire in 2016 . H.R. 436 Would Amend Longshore Act Definition of Recreational Vessels . AK: DWC Updates Online Benefit Calculator . AR: WCRI Releases New Predictors of Worker Outcomes . CA: Postponement Likely for Calderon’s Public...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/9/2015)

Expert Examines Whether Employee Classification Issues Hurt Uber Business Model . Uber Employee Email Exchanges Shed Light on Firing Practices of Drivers . Manufacturers Seek to Reduce Risks for Workplace Exposure to Chemical Flavorings . CMS Releases NGHP User Guide Version 4.5 (Feb. 2, 2015...

Iowa: Employer Not Responsible for Individualized Counseling for Injured Employee’s Spouse

While the employer is required to furnish reasonable services and supplies to treat an injured employee, the plain language of the statute [Iowa Code § 85.27(4)] does not require the employer to pay for individualized counseling services for someone other than the injured employee even where such...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/23/2015)

WCRI Posts Annual Report and Research Review . Workers Sue Instacart (On Demand Grocery), Claim Misclassification . Immigrant Workers in Constant Fear of Deportation When Injured at Work . McDonald’s Employees File 28 Health and Safety Complaints in 19 Cities . ProPublica Responds to...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/30/2015)

ProPublica Examines Benefit Cuts, Medical Review, Preexisting Conditions, Choice of Doctor . ProPublica/NPR Answer Questions About Their Research on Workers Comp Articles . Risk Expert Says High Costs of Workers Comp Due Mainly to Management Problem . Walmart, Lowes, Safeway, Nordstroms &...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/20/2015)

US Senate Approves Sweeping Changes to How Medicare Pays Doctors . EEOC Proposes Rule on Application of ADA to Workplace Wellness Programs . WCRI Releases Nat’l Inventory of Cost Containment Initiatives Adopted in 51 Jurisdictions . NIOSH Finds Police Officers, Firefighters Have Largest...

Iowa: High Court Allows Apportionment for Prior Disability, Clarifies Earlier Ruling

Where an Iowa employee worked concurrently for employer A (“A”) and employer B (“B”), sustained compensable permanent injuries while working for A, received a permanent impairment award from A and, after ceasing employment with A, suffered an additional work-related injury working...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/8/2015)

NIOSH Research Improves Equipment Design to Help Protect Firefighters . Congressman Wants to Help Gig Economy Survive, Protect On-Demand Worker Rights . Bipartisan Legislation Unveiled for Medicare Secondary Payer, Workers Comp Settlements . AIA Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Administration...

Iowa: High Court Rules Surveillance Materials Are Protected by Work Product Rule

Iowa Code § 85.27(2), which generally requires an employer or insurance carrier immediately to release all information concerning the employee’s physical or mental condition relative to the workers’ compensation claim, does not override the state’s work product privilege, held...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/29/2015)

WCRI Study Examines Variation of Surgery Rates Across States . Coventry Workers Comp Services Releases 2014 Drug Trends Analysis . National Survey Finds Big Decline in Poor Uninsured After Affordable Care Act . US Sup. Ct.: Same-Sex Couples May Marry, Obtain All Marriage-Related Benefits . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/24/2015)

Shareholders Allege TriNet Group Failed to Disclose Claims Trends, Including WC . OSHA Establishes New Procedures for Early Resolution Process in ADR Program . Uber Allegedly Failed to Uncover Criminal Records of 25 Drivers in Two Calif. Cities . AZ: ICA Revises Notice of Claim Status Form ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/21/2015)

US DOL Reports 2 Percent Increase in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014 . CDC Unveils Draft Guidelines for Physicians Prescribing Opioids . HHS to Revise Rules for Medication to Treat Opioid Dependence . OSHA Revises Publication to Protect Safety of Firefighters . NIOSH Seeks Feedback on...

Iowa: Occasional Work at Home Does Not Create Dual Employment Premises

In a case of first impression in Iowa, a state appellate court held that catching up on occasional work at home or completing tasks at home that could be completed at the employer’s premises is an insufficient basis to find that an employee had dual employment premises. Accordingly where a mental...

Iowa: Severe Back Injury Helping Friend Was Medically Tied to Earlier Admitted Industrial Injury

An Iowa employer is responsible for paying indemnity and medical benefits related to a serious back injury sustained by an employee while helping a friend move go-kart frames onto a trailer since substantial evidence indicated that six weeks earlier the employee sustained an admitted lower back injury...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/4/2016)

ProPublica Examines Power, Wealth of Middlemen at Workers Comp Conferences . CDC Reports Increase in Drug, Opioid Overdose Deaths in U.S. 2000-2014 . CDC Opens Comment Period for Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain . NIOSH Examines Troubling Statistics on Opioid...

Iowa: Employer’s 401k Contributions Not Included in Average Weekly Wage Computation

The employer’s matching contributions to an employee’s 401k plan are not weekly earnings for purposes of calculating the employee’s workers’ compensation benefits, held an Iowa appellate court, affirming a decision by a state district court on that issue. The appellate court acknowledged...