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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/15/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Hospital Outpatient Costs Higher Where Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regs, No Fee Schedules . NCCI Develops Proof of WC...

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...