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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2015)

Congress Passes Legislation for TRIA Extension . US Postal Data Breach May Compromise Health Data for Nearly 500,000 Workers . Mark Walls at Safety National Discusses 2015 WC Issues to Watch . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 Version of WCMSA Reference Guide . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 of MMSEA User Guide . ...

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 (2/2/2015)

H.R. 312 Would Provide Death Benefits for Families of Overseas Federal Contractors . Tips on Dealing With Workers Comp Issues in Transportation Industry . WSJ Investigates Whether On-Demand Workers Are Employees . “Uberization” of Jobs as Sea Change in Working World . Expert Explains...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/2/2015)

WCRI Study Updates on Rising Hospital Costs in Workers Compensation . OR WCD Releases Full Report on 2014 WC Premium Rate Ranking . Study on Opioid Tolerance Could Help Pain Patients Stay on Lower Dosages . Study: Risk of Unintentional Overdose Twice as High for Long Acting Opioid Users . ...

Wisconsin: Average Weekly Wage for 17-Year-Old Killed in Work-Related Injury Should Be Based on Probable Earnings Had He Reached Age of 27

Death benefits to be paid following the work-related death of a 17-year-old farm worker should be calculated using the presumption provided for in Wis. Stat. § 102.11(1)(g), held a Wisconsin court. That statute provides that where the employee is under 27 years of age at the time of death, his or...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/9/2015)

Obama’s Budget Proposal Mandates Reporting of Workers Comp Benefits to SSA . ProPublica Comments on OSHA Study of Inequality, Lack of Workplace Safety . The Atlantic: Workers Comp Policy “Doesn’t Really Seem to Involve You Until It Does” . PBS Newshour Interviews Journalists...

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 (6/1/2015)

NCCI Study Examines Relationship Between Accident Report Lag and Claim Cost . NCCI Posts 2015 Workers Comp Issues Report . GENEX Warns of Security Breach in Workers Compensation . Obama Administration, GOP Seeks Reduction in FECA Benefits . AZ: ICA Posts Latest Maximum Benefit Amounts . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/8/2015)

NIOSH Research Improves Equipment Design to Help Protect Firefighters . Congressman Wants to Help Gig Economy Survive, Protect On-Demand Worker Rights . Bipartisan Legislation Unveiled for Medicare Secondary Payer, Workers Comp Settlements . AIA Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Administration...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/22/2015)

Study: 26 States See Increase in Drug Overdose Death Rate . NIOSH Examines Hazards of Temporary Employment . NIOSH Proposes Adding Over 30 New Drugs to Hazardous Drug List . Uber Adopts No Gun Policy for Drivers, Passengers After Chicago Shooting . Study: Opioids, Barbiturates Being Overprescribed...

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 (8/24/2015)

Shareholders Allege TriNet Group Failed to Disclose Claims Trends, Including WC . OSHA Establishes New Procedures for Early Resolution Process in ADR Program . Uber Allegedly Failed to Uncover Criminal Records of 25 Drivers in Two Calif. Cities . AZ: ICA Revises Notice of Claim Status Form ...

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 (11/9/2015)

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...

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...

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 (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 (1/19/2016)

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 (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 (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 (3/21/2016)

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 . ...

Wisconsin: Comp Insurer Need Not Defend Employee Accused of Sexual Assault on Co-Employee

An employer’s workers’ compensation insurer had no duty to defend an employee, Rydberg, who had been sued by af co-employee who claimed that Rydberg sexually groped her while both were at work on the employer’s premises. The Wisconsin appellate court indicated that the co-employee had...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/27/2016)

Wearable Devices May Reduce Injuries in Extreme Environments . Nat’l Safety Council: 4,000 Die Every Year at Work . Alternative Pain Treatment Easier Said than Done . SHRM Posts 2016 Benefits Study . Employers Curtailing Wellness Benefits . Businesses Eyeing Effects of 4th Circuit’s...

Noteworthy Workers' Compensation Legal Trends 2016: Part Two

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. MARYLAND: Four of the hottest topics in Maryland are as follows: 1. Opioid use and abuse. Like the rest of the world,...