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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 .
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...
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...
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...
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 .
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...
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...
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...
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 .” ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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’...
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...
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...
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.
Four of the hottest topics in Maryland are as follows:
1. Opioid use and abuse. Like the rest of the world,...