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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 .” ...

Texas Workers’ Compensation Update: 2015 and the Year Ahead

By Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., and Albert Betts, Jr., Esq., Co-Authors, Texas Workers’ Compensation Law This year marks an anniversary that will not be celebrated with a parade or even a mention on the local news. But it is significant to those who are a part of the Texas workers’ compensation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2016)

Doctor’s Union Challenges Medical Management Companies, Outsourcing . US DOL Reports US Mining Deaths Dropped to New Lows in 2015 . AIG Invests in Wearable Devices to Promote Workplace Safety . 91 Percent of Patients Overdosing on Opioids Continued to Get Painkiller Prescriptions . ...

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 (2/1/2016)

Lyft Settles Calif. Lawsuit for $12.5M, Drivers Still Not Classified as Employees . Price Wars Between Insurers and Drug Companies Impact Patients’ Healthcare . AMA Recommends Changes to CDC’s Proposed Opioid Prescription Policy . AK: WCD Posts Filing Requirements for Annual Reports...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/8/2016)

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/16/2016)

Senator Wants CDC to Explore Use of Medical Marijuana to Combat Opioid Abuse . NIOSH Explains Recommended Exposure Limit for Occupational Noise . NIOSH Offers Employers Advice on Helping Workers Use Vehicle Safety Features . AL: SB 122 Would Limit Employer’s Responsibility for PTD and...

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 (2/29/2016)

Sedgwick Institute Names Workers Comp Expert Richard Victor as Senior Fellow . NIOSH Examines Latest Advances in Assessing Occupational Exposure Limits . JPMorgan Chase Study Examines Impact of “Online Platform Economy” . AK: DWC Emergency Regulations Made Permanent Eff. 3/11/2016...

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 (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 (3/28/2016)

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Silica Exposure . NAMSAP Proposes Evidence-Based Limits on Opioids for WCMSAs . OSHA Workplace Safety Violation Penalties to Increase 8/1/2016 . Stanford Professor Claims Costs Drop 44 Percent for Companies That Opt Out . HHS Release National Pain Strategy . McCrery...

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:...

Opt-Out Lessons From Lone Star State

Shining the Real Light on So-Called Texas Opt Outs By Thomas A. Robinson, co-author Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law As Lex Larson and I point out in the opening article in Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis , 2015 Edition, 2016 will shape up to be an important one...

Texas: Police Sergeant’s Widow May Not Recover Wrongful Death Benefits Against Police Department

A widow’s civil action to recover damages from the Houston Police Department related to an incident in which her husband, a police sergeant, was killed in the line of duty by a man who was present in this country illegally, and who was subsequently convicted of the police sergeant’s murder...

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 (5/2/2016)

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...

Texas: Temporary Employee May Not Sue “Borrowing” Employer in Tort Following Injury in Work-Related Incident

A temporary employee of a staffing agency who was assigned to a tractor supply company was an “employee” of the latter and accordingly could not sue the supply company in tort following a work-related accident. The record showed that at the time of his injury, the employee was working on...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/9/2016)

NCCI Posts Hartwig Presentation of Future of P&C Market and American Workplace . NCCI Posts Presentation of Insurance in an Exponential World . NCCI Posts Presentation for Affordable Care Act and Workers Comp . NCCI Posts Presentation on Prescription Drug 2016 Update . NCCI Posts Presentation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/31/2016)

WCRI Study Compares Outcomes of Injured Workers Across 15 States . US DOL Continues Investigation of Opt Outs to Workers Comp . AZ: Governor Signs HB 2240 Workers Comp Changes . AR: Court Finds WCC Lacks Exclusive Jurisdiction in Employee’s Personal Injury Lawsuit . CA: US Sup Ct Denies...

Study of Texas Closed Formulary Offers Hope that Prescription Costs Can Be Controlled

Texas Saw Reductions in Both “Non-Preferred” Drug Prescriptions and Overall Prescription Costs In recent years, a host of workers’ compensation (WC) experts have touted the specialized drug formularies utilized in several states operate as two-edged swords, capable of reducing both...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/18/2016)

DOL Announces Adjustment of Civil Penalty Fines . CA: DWC Accepting Applications for QME Examination on Oct. 29 . CA: WCIRB President’s Message About 2016 Achievements, Plans Ahead . CA: Class Action Says WC System Has Bias Against Women . HI: State Sees Significant Increases in WC...