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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 (1/5/2015)

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...

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 (2/23/2015)

House Bills Filed Seek End of Federal Prohibition on Marijuana . FDA Issues Draft Documents for Compliance With Laws on Compound Drugs . GENEX White Paper Examines Tipping Points of Routine Workers Comp Claims . WCRI Names New Executive Director and New CEO . NPR Series Examines Plight of...

Michigan: No Retaliatory Discharge Where Injured Employee Left Work Without Appropriate Excuse

In an unpublished decision, a Michigan appellate court affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment favoring an employer in an injured worker’s retaliatory discharge action, finding that plaintiff could not make the requisite showing of a causal connection between the protected activity—seeking...

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 (4/6/2015)

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...

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...

Michigan: Truck Driver Held to Be Steel Company’s Employee for Exclusive Remedy Purposes

A driver who leased a semi-truck and trailer from one firm and, pursuant to an arrangement with a transportation broker, transported steel for the defendant corporation was the latter’s employee for purposes of workers’ compensation since the driver did not maintain a separate business, did...

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 (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...

Michigan: The 94% Solution

By Joel Alpert and Richard Warsh [fn1] Michigan’s Workers’ Disability Compensation system was created to speed compensation to injured workers. The process and procedures in workers’ compensation proceedings are supposed to be as summary as reasonably possible. MCL 418.853 . The...

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 (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 (9/28/2015)

OSHA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Employer Record Keeping . NIOSH Posts 2014 Mid-Year Worker Fatality Report for Oil and Gas Industry . AFL-CIO Releases 2015 Edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect . Museum of Tort Law, Which Includes Workers Comp Exhibit, Now Open to...

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 (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 (3/21/2016)

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 (4/25/2016)

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...

Michigan: Employer Establishes Workers Was Fired for Gossiping, Not Because Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Filed

In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals of Michigan affirmed a trial court’s order granting summary judgment to plaintiff’s former employer on plaintiff’s claims of retaliatory employment discrimination—including workers’ compensation discrimination—where the...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/11/2016)

Comp Insurance Profitable, At Least For the Moment . CA: DWC Posts Interim Report on Evidence-Based Comp Drug Formulary . CA: WCIRB Submits 1/1/2017 Regulatory Filing . CA: WCIRB Releases Report on 2015 Losses and Expenses . CA: Settlement May Net Lyft Drivers $27 Million . FL: NCCI Recommends...