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US DOL Says Impact of Health Care Reform Bill on Black Lung Benefits Overstated

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Charleston Gazette reports that the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, says the changes authored by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) in the health care reform bill would have a relatively modest impact on the number of black lung benefit claims...

KY: Court of Appeals Finds Pneumoconiosis Statute Unconstitutional

FRANKFORT, KY - The Kentucky Court of Appeals, in a divided opinion, recently held unconstitutional Ky. Rev. Stat. § 342.316, to the extent that it requires a coal workers' pneumoconiosis ("CWP") claimant to come forward with clear and convincing evidence in order to overcome the consensus...

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (4/19/2010)

Larson’s Spotlight on Black Lung, Physical Ability Test, Hugging and Deviation From Employment, Credit for Allowance Paid to Furloughed Worker, and Assault Related to Theft of Employee’s Car. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson...

Miners Face Uphill Battle for Black Lung Compensation

National Public Radio reports that black lung disease in increasing among miners, but the paperwork and appeals to obtain benefits through the federal black lung program could take 10 to 12 years because mining companies often oppose the claims. Read the story Source: NPR

OH: Strickland Administration Plans Raid of Black Lung Fund

COLUMBUS, OH - The Plain Dealer reports that Governor Ted Strickland's administration plans to raid the black lung fund to pay for regulatory programs to oversee new coal mines.

WV: Black Lung Premiums Expected to Increase 45 Percent

CHARLESTON, WV - The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the rates for black lung insurance premiums are expected to increase 45%, this due to the federal black lung benefits program that Senator Robert Byrd wrote into the national health care reform law.

MSHA Proposes Rule On Lowering Exposure To Respirable Coal Dust

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the release of a proposed rule on lowering miners’ exposure to respirable coal dust in all underground and surface coal mines. The proposed rule is the latest element of...

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (11/4/2011) – Injured Worker's Tort Action Against Landlord Corporation Closely Related to Her Tenant Employer May Move Forward

Larson's Spotlight on Tort Action, Retaliatory Discharge, Black Lung, Disqualification From Benefits, and Loss of Wage Earning Capacity. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law...

Larson’s Spotlight: Top 10 Cases for 2011 That You Should Know About

It’s time to look back on the past year’s top cases to help us identify possible national trends. While many of these cases are state decisions, there are far reaching implications to be found in each of them. Here’s our selection for the top 10 workers’ comp cases that you should...

Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2012)

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore, Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Statistical Update The Board began this fiscal year in October 2011 with 148 pending Longshore appeals. During the last fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2011...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/23/2012)

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. NATIONAL NEWS WILG Symposium on 40th Anniversary of Nat'l Commission on WC Laws . NCCI Reports on Impact on Impairment...

Liberal Republicans, Consensus Politics, and a Fluke: The WILG Looks Back on 40 Years of Worker Advocacy

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. When the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) met in Chicago during 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws, it commemorated a fluke. The...

Liberal Republicans, Consensus Politics, and a Fluke: The WILG Looks Back on 40 Years of Worker Advocacy

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. When the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) met in Chicago during 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws, it commemorated a fluke. The...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (6/17/2013)

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. NATIONAL NEWS: Esis Files Lawsuit Against Coventry Health Care Workers Compensation . National Medical Price Index...

2015 Update from the Benefits Review Board

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Personnel News The membership of the Benefits Review Board has changed quite a bit in the past year. Judge Betty Jean Hall, who has been the Acting Chair and Chief Administrative Appeals...