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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 (3/16/2015)

WCRI Exec. Director: ProPublica/NPR Articles Don’t Prove Failure of WC System . OWCP Proposes Rule Changes for Longshore Act Electronic Submission of Documents . CA: Adoption of Drug Formulary in Calif. Would Set Trend for Other States . CA: WCIRB and CWCI Ambulatory Surgical Center Study...

Washington: No Adjustment for Inflation Required In Computing Social Security Offset

In computing the social security offset required under Wash. Rev. Code § 51.32.220, the state’s Department of Labor and Industries need not adjust the claimant’s wages for inflation, held a state appellate court. The statute requires that a claimant’s workers’ compensation...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/27/2015)

Who’s Opting Out of Workers’ Comp: Employers or the States Themselves ? BLS Releases 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Counts . Lockton: Red Herrings, Medical Overdiagnosis Impact Large Loss Workers Comp Claims . WCRI Webinar to Cover Regulating Medical Costs & Care...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/18/2015)

NCCI Gives “Calm” Now, “Turbulent” Later, Outlook for Workers Comp Industry . NCCI Presentation: Complete State of the Line for Workers Comp Industry . NCCI Presentation: Work Comp Implications of On-Demand Economy, Temp Workers . Express Scripts: Half a Million Americans...

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 (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 ...

Washington: Firefighter’s Valley Fever Not Compensable as a Respiratory Disease

A Tacoma firefighter, who contended that he had contracted valley fever after inhaling fungal spores while responding to emergency calls on Interstate 5 in Washington state—he alleged the spores were transported by vehicles traveling north from California—is not entitled to the firefighters...

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...

Washington: Co-employee Immunity Applies Only When Defendant Acting in the Course of Employment

An appellate court in Washington state held that it was error for a trial court to grant summary judgment in favor of a defendant, on exclusive remedy grounds, where the plaintiff alleged he was struck by a vehicle driven by the defendant, a fellow employee, as the plaintiff walked across an access road...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/19/2015)

DOL Drafts New Multi-Employer Citation Standard (Franchisor Liability) at OSHA . GOP Attacks Scope, Transparency of DOL’s Standard for Franchisor Liability at OSHA . Study Finds 1 in 5 Small Businesses OK With Employee Medical Marijuana Use at Work . JAMA: Opioid Dependence/Abuse Increased...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/26/2015)

Senator Sanders, Dem Lawmakers Warn Labor Secretary Perez About Opt Outs . CEPR Examines Cuts in Workers Comp and Rising SSDI Payments . NCCI Announces New President and CEO William E. Donnell . Obama Announces Guidelines for Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin Use . CDC Drafts Guideline...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/23/2015)

WCRI: Medical Prices Lower, Grew Slower in States With Medical Fee Schedules . OSHA Seeks Public Comment on Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines . US Dept. of Labor Proposes Rule to Update Implementation of EEOICPA . Documentary Film Made of Temp Worker Killed in Tragic Accident...

Washington: Trooper May Proceed in Tort Against Employer for Taser Injury

Acknowledging that in light of a decision by the Washington Supreme Court, it had erred in holding that the deliberate intention exception to workers’ compensation exclusivity was to be “liberally interpreted,” a state appellate court held that even under a narrow interpretation of...

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 (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 (2/1/2016)

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...

Washington: High Court Defines “Farm Labor Contractor”

In a class action lawsuit by farmworkers against four corporate defendants, the Supreme Court of Washington answered two certified questions submitted by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Regarding the first question, the Court held that under Wash. Rev. Code ch. 19.30.010(2) and (3), the definition...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/18/2016)

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...

Wisconsin: Injuries Sustained in Car Crash After Drinking Spree Were Within Scope of Employment

Injuries sustained by a sales manager for a beverage distributor in an auto accident as he and a co-employee returned home at 1:00 a.m., after delivering beer more than six hours earlier to one of their employer’s restaurant customers, and also after consuming more than 10 drinks in other locations...

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...