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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 (8/17/2015)

NASI: WC Benefits for Injured Workers Decline While Employer Costs Rise . NAIC Releases Study on Workers Comp Large Deductible . Third Circuit Dismisses Suit Against Cephalon Re Off-Label Marketing of Two Painkillers . Study: On-Demand Economy Will Include 7.6M People by Year 2020 . AK: WCB...

Virginia: Even With Firefighter’s Presumption, Claimant Fails to Show Causal Connection Between Employment and Prostate Cancer

In addition to its special statutory presumptions of compensability favoring firefighters and police officers claiming respiratory and heart diseases connected with the exertions of their employment, Virginia adds a separate presumption favoring that same group of public servants who contract cancer...

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...

Virginia: Dismissal of Employee’s Claim Without Prejudice Was Within Commission’s Discretion

The dismissal of an employee’s claim against the employer without prejudice was within the range of reasonable choices allowed the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 65.2–201 and Va. Workers’ Comp. Comm’n R. 1.12 where the employee’s...

Virginia: Injury That Occurred Two Weeks After Notice of Retirement Qualifies Employee for Temporary Total Disability Benefits

Where a long-time employee notified his employer that he would be retiring in one month and, two weeks prior to retirement, he tripped and fell in a work-related accident, received medical treatment in a worksite clinic and was placed on restricted duty for the remainder of the month, he was entitled...

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...

Virginia: Claimant Who Refused Job Interviews and Vocational Rehabilitation Appointments Denied Further Benefits

A Virginia appellate court held in relevant part that the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission appropriately denied benefits to a claimant where evidence indicated he unjustifiably refused vocational rehabilitation services under Va. Code Ann. § 65.2–603. Claimant’s physician...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/30/2015)

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”...

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 (1/4/2016)

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 (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 (2/8/2016)

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 (2/22/2016)

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 (3/14/2016)

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 . ...

Virginia: Arbitrator’s Award of Lien Reimbursement to Comp Insurer Need Not Be Shared With Injured Worker

Where an arbitrator ordered an auto insurance carrier to reimburse a workers’ compensation insurer (“comp insurer”) for the full amount of its workers’ compensation lien ($4,060.19), the comp insurer need not share the lien proceeds with the injured worker on a pro rata basis;...

Virginia: Failure to Follow Physician’s Cautionary Statement Made 19 Years Before Accident No Bar to Recovery

Reversing a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission, a Virginia appellate court held that a physician’s instruction, following a 1995 work-related knee injury, that the worker should avoid walking on uneven ground, was not sufficiently specific to justify denial of...

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...

Virginia: Employee Who Blacked Out While Driving Could Not Establish Workers’ Compensation Claim

A Virginia appellate court affirmed the denial of a workers’ compensation claim filed by an employee, who spent 75 percent of her working time driving in a car provided for her by her employer, and who sustained injuries in a single-car rollover accident resulting in memory loss. The employee testified...

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...