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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 (12/8/2014)

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. OSHA Reports 3 Million Workers Experienced Serious Injury or Illness on Job in 2013 . Three Compound Pharmacies Sue Express...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2015)

Congress Passes Legislation for TRIA Extension . US Postal Data Breach May Compromise Health Data for Nearly 500,000 Workers . Mark Walls at Safety National Discusses 2015 WC Issues to Watch . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 Version of WCMSA Reference Guide . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 of MMSEA User Guide . ...

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...

Maine: Widow Awarded Death Benefits for Husband’s Death on Home Treadmill

Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed an award of workers’ compensation death benefits to the widow of a national charity’s financial advisor who died of a heart attack while exercising on a treadmill at his home. Utilizing the presumption found in 39-A M.R.S. § 327, which...

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

H.R. 312 Would Provide Death Benefits for Families of Overseas Federal Contractors . Tips on Dealing With Workers Comp Issues in Transportation Industry . WSJ Investigates Whether On-Demand Workers Are Employees . “Uberization” of Jobs as Sea Change in Working World . Expert Explains...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/17/2015)

Doctors, Drug Companies Exploit Loopholes in Physician Dispensing . Gig Workers Seek Labor Protections, Benefits . Zurich 4Q Profit Drops 20 Percent . H.R. 994 Would Improve Workers Compensation for Uranium Mining . Affordable Care Act Raises Stakes for Worker Misclassification . AZ: High...

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 (3/23/2015)

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 (4/13/2015)

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 . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/27/2015)

Who’s Opting Out of Workers’ Comp: Employers or the States Themselves ? BLS Releases 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Counts . Lockton: Red Herrings, Medical Overdiagnosis Impact Large Loss Workers Comp Claims . WCRI Webinar to Cover Regulating Medical Costs & Care...

Maine: “Injured” Worker’s Clandestine Business Operation Results in “Theft by Deception” Conviction

The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine affirmed the conviction entered in the trial court on a jury verdict finding a person receiving workers’ compensation disability benefits guilty of theft by deception. The defendant received more than $50,000 in benefits following an injury to his left hand....

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...

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...

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 (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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/22/2016)

American Medical Association Releases National Survey for Preventing Opioid Abuse . American Medical Association Supports Telemedicine Bill . CA: CWCI Study Examines 2015 Independent Medical Review Outcomes . CA: High Court Won’t Hear Stevens IMR Constitutionality Case . CA: Ellen Langille...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/14/2016)

NCCI Posts 2015 State of the Line Reference Guide . OSHA Considering Panel’s Recommendations for New Safety Guidelines . Lockton Releases White Paper on Opioid Epidemic and Chronic Pain . Senate Poised to Pass Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse . CA: DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/21/2016)

CDC Posts Final Opioid Guidelines for 2016 . ProPublica: Doctors Receiving Company Cash Tend to Prescribe More Brand-Name Drugs . U.S. Prescription Drug Spending Rose 5 Percent in 2015 . CA: DWC Announces Appointments to Ethics Advisory Committee . CA: CHSWC Posts 2015 Annual Report . ...

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

Labor Secretary Says Workers Comp Opt Outs Push Injured Workers to Poverty . OSHA Reports on Year One of OSHA Severe Injury Reporting Program . OSHA Publishes Final Rule to Update Standards for Eye and Face Protection . First Robot-Run Insurance Company Launched, Opens for Business . AK:...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/25/2016)

Uber Seeks to Settle Employee Status Lawsuits for $100M; Judge to Review Terms . CMS Releases April 2016 Version of WCMSA Reference Guide . CA: DIR Reports 2014 Fatal Occupational Injuries . CA: DWC Posts Workers’ Comp Fact Sheets, Claim Form in Four Additional Languages . CO: DWC to...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/27/2016)

Wearable Devices May Reduce Injuries in Extreme Environments . Nat’l Safety Council: 4,000 Die Every Year at Work . Alternative Pain Treatment Easier Said than Done . SHRM Posts 2016 Benefits Study . Employers Curtailing Wellness Benefits . Businesses Eyeing Effects of 4th Circuit’s...

Maine: Wrongful Death Action Barred by Exclusive Remedy Provisions of State Comp Act

The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine held that an estate’s wrongful death action against the deceased employee’s employer was barred by the exclusive remedy provisions of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act where the undisputed evidence indicated the deceased employee had sustained fatal...