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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/6/2015)

NCCI Posts Latest Economic Outlook and Impact on Workers Comp . Fitch Ratings Announces Top Workers Comp Insurance Writers for 2014 . OSHA Issues Inspection Guidance for Health Care Industry . Columnist: New Worker Category Should Be Created to Cover Gig Workers . Some On-Demand Service Companies...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/13/2015)

John F. Burton, Jr. Examines Impact of Race to the Bottom for Workers Comp Costs (p. 6) . Prof. Spieler Attacks AMA Guides for Absence of Evidence-Based Medicine . A.M. Best: U.S .State Workers Comp Funds’ Net Premiums Increased 11.5% in 2014 . Insurance Companies Cautiously Providing...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/20/2015)

ProPublica Releases Complication Rates for 17,000 Surgeons . GOP Backs Uber and On-Demand Economy . US DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Employee Misclassification . US DOL to Hold Presentation July 21 on Next 25 Years of ADA . 13% of Small Businesses Concerned About WC Fraud by Employees...

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 (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 (8/31/2015)

NCCI Posts New Release of Proof of Coverage State Guide . ProPublica Partners With Beacon Crowdfunding Site to Generate Work Comp News . 10th Circuit Overturns $3.5M Verdict in Alleged Construction Machine Defect Case . NRLB Redefines Joint Employer Status in Temporary Agency Case . 5th Circuit...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/14/2015)

Obama Signs Executive Order for Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave . Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices . Houses Passes Bills to Address Opioid Abuse . NIOSH Examines Lessons Learned of 9/11 Health Effects . Study Finds Police Officer Risk of Injury in...

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...

Maryland: State Trooper’s Injuries in Personal Vehicle Not Barred by Going and Coming Rule

Applying Maryland’s “free transportation” exception to the normal going and coming rule, a state appellate court affirmed an award of workers’ compensation benefits to a state trooper who sustained injuries in a vehicular accident while commuting to work in his private vehicle...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/12/2015)

CompPharma Releases Latest Workers Comp Prescription Drug Management Study . OSHA Moves a Step Closer to Finalizing New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule . Study Finds Long Term Opioid Use Less Effective for 4 out of 5 Women . AZ: NCCI Explains 2.2% Decrease in Loss Cost Filing . CA: Governor...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/9/2015)

A.M. Best: U.S. Workers Comp Performance Improves Despite Rate Softening . Travelers, Hartford, AIG Rank as Top Three Workers Comp Insurers in 2014 . Shifting Trends of Prescription Opioids and Heroin Abuse in the US . AK: WCB Approves Changes to Workers Comp Fee Schedule . CA: Federal Judge...

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 (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 .” ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/19/2016)

NCCI Establishes Baseline for Monitoring Impact of ACA on Workers Comp . Recent Ruling Could Give OSHA Wider Authority for Issuing Enterprise Abatement Orders . AZ: ICA Posts RFQ for Qualified Vendor List for Investment Management Consulting Services . CA: DWC Ended Lien Activation Fee Collection...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/25/2016)

Injured Worker Left Out in the Cold by ERISA Surviving on Social Security Disability . Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index 2016 Reports $62B in U.S. Workers Comp Costs . USDOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employment Under FLSA, MSPA . News Investigation: Temp Agency Workers Reveal Discriminatory...

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 (3/7/2016)

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...

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 (4/11/2016)

Express Scripts Releases New Drug Trend Report . Leahy Bill in U.S. Senate Could Kill Key Provision in TX Nonsubscriber ERISA Plans . AZ: RBRVS Fiscal Impact Study Released . AZ: ICA Requests Oct. 1 Effective Date for UR Rules for Opioid Use . CA: Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenge to Class...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/18/2016)

Senators Slam Obama Directive for Sick U.S. Nuclear Workers . AK: WCD Posts Director’s Interpretation on Issues Impacting Medical Fee Schedule . AZ: Governor Signs SB 1323 Pro Se Vexatious Litigant . CA: WCAB Chairman Ronnie Caplane to Retire From State Service . CA: Supreme Court Grants...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/23/2016)

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs . AR: Governor Seeks End to State’s Death, PTD Fund . CA: Frederick Dietrich Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award . CA: Michael Gerson Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award . CA: Joseph V. Capurro Honored With Applicants’...

Maryland: Sole Proprietor’s AWW Computed on Net Profit, Not Gross Receipts

In a matter of first impression, the Court of Appeals of Maryland held that average weekly wage of a sole proprietor who elects coverage under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act should be calculated based upon the sole proprietorship’s net profit—not his or her gross income or gross...

Maryland: PTD Benefits Survive Death Due to Unrelated Causes Only to Extent of Statutory Cap

The Court of Appeals of Maryland held that when the state’s Commission finds a claimant permanently totally disabled, Md. Code Ann. Lab. & Empl. § 9–640 governs the survival of benefits whether the claimant’s PTD is due solely to accidental injury or to a combination of accidental...

Noteworthy Workers' Compensation Legal Trends 2016: Part Two

This article surveys recent legal trends in the states of Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin as explained by our workers’ compensation experts below. MARYLAND: Four of the hottest topics in Maryland are as follows: 1. Opioid use and abuse. Like the rest of the world,...