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 .
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 .
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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 . ...
DOJ Audit Alleges GEO Group Incorrectly Calculated Workers Comp Insurance .
US DOL Proposes Rule to Revise Black Lung Benefits Act .
OSHA Issues Final Confined Spaces Rule to Protect Construction Workers .
Doctors Banned From Billing Medicare Still Billing State Medicaid Programs .
US DOL Plans to Issue Independent Contractor Guidance .
Economic Policy Institute Releases White Paper on Misclassification of Workers .
Liberty Mutual Pulling Back From Workers’ Comp Insurance Market .
Liberty Mutual White Paper Supports Use of Nurse Case Managers .
In a split decision, the Court of Appeals of New Mexico held that N.M. Stat. Ann. § 52–1–6(A), which excludes from coverage “employers of … farm and ranch laborers,” violates workers’ rights to equal protection under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution...
In its third decision on the issue of requiring an employer and/or insurer to reimburse the injured worker for the cost of medical marijuana provided to an injured worker under New Mexico’s “Compassionate Use Act,” a state appellate court again found the order requiring reimbursement...
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...
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 .
WEDI: Only Half of States Ready for ICD-10 Switch for Work Comp Claim Purposes .
MSP Report Examines Impact of MMSEA Section 111 Reporting Requirements .
New England Governors Urge FDA to Change Opioid Warning Labels .
AK: Uber Agrees to Pay State a Fine for Unpaid Workers Compensation Insurance...
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...
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 .
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...
NCOIL Commits to Investigate “Opt-Out” Workers’ Comp, Stand Up to Federal Intervention .
Third Circuit Rules Temp Workers Can Sue for Bias in Workplace .
Telecommuting Challenges How to Measure, Regulate and Compensate Work .
Telecommuting Could Change What Qualifies as “Work”...
While a business entity’s injured employees might state a claim against third parties for their physical injuries allegedly caused by those third parties’ negligence, the business entity itself, which has suffered neither a physical injury nor property damage, may not maintain a civil action...
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...
Experts Identify Top 10 Issues to Watch for Workers’ Comp in 2016 .
EEOC Seeks Comments on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Workplace Retaliation .
Insurance Information Institute President Dr. Robert Hartwig to Step Down .
Obama Budget Would Invest $1.1B to Fight Opioid Abuse, Heroin...
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...
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 .
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 .
CDC Posts Annual Workers Memorial Day 2016 Message .
CDC Examines Impact of Hearing Loss on Quality of Life .
CDC Examines Convenience Store Compliance to Reduce Workplace Violence .
AZ: ICA Discusses Implementation of RBRVS-based Fee Schedule .
CA: Lawsuit Claims Insurance Companies Illegally...
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,...