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Thomas A. Robinson on Top Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law for 2013

Things appear to be “pumping” in the world of workers’ compensation. Legislatures are gathering. Proponents of “reform”—whatever that is—are huddled together, planning their strategies. Pointing to the activities in Oklahoma (discussed below), in Florida, and...

Arthur Larson and the Rule of Law

Arthur Larson’s passion for world peace through law and human rights By Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D., LexisNexis Legal and Professional Operations The rule of law is a theme that unifies LexisNexis across the globe and is one that is passionately supported by the company’s people. LexisNexis...

Oklahoma Opt Outs and ERISA

Proponents of the recently passed Oklahoma workers’ compensation reforms proclaim that the opt out provisions provide an alternative to the newly formed administrative system for processing injured worker claims and do not require that alternative benefit plans be subject to ERISA or other federal...

I Walked Out Into West, Texas

By Stephen C. Embry, Esq. On April 17, 2013 an explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Co., registering 2.1 on the Richter scale, leveled the plant and much of the surrounding town of West, Texas. The explosion was so powerful and destructive that it created a cloud of confusion as well as a...

Industry Bloggers Debate the Workers’ Compensation System

At the recent California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation 11th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, industry bloggers Mark Walls ( Work Comp Analysis Group on LinkedIn), Robert Rassp ( The Rassp Report ), Rebecca Shafer ( ReduceYourWorkersComp ), David DePaolo ( DePaolo’s Work Comp World ...

50 State Legislative Survey At a Glance for Workers’ Compensation

Quite a few years ago I had the pleasure of participating, along with Emeritus Professor Arthur Larson and a few others, in a small, lively, interactive, non-musical “jam session” at Duke University Law School, during which we discussed various aspects of American jurisprudence. The ad hoc...

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms By John Stahl, Esq. A November 21, 2013 seminar titled “The Legal Perspective of the Latest Workers’ Compensation Reforms” at the 22nd Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference &...

Five Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss WCRI’s 31st Annual Conference

Anyone familiar with the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 31-year history of providing the data and analysis that industry mavericks rely upon to understand, manage and effect real change have come to expect WCRI conferences to provide the kind of keen insight, new lessons, and key strategies...

Workers' Compensation Resources Research Report Issue 9

Issue 9 of the Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report contains the first of a series of issues that provide an Overview of Workers’ Compensation . Part I discusses the origins of workers’ compensation programs in the U.S. early in the 20th century, the objectives of a modern...

The Adversaries and Frenemies of Workers’ Compensation

Coming down on the side of a system that endures “You have enemies? Good, that means you stood up for something.” – Eminem By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. and Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D. When it comes to workers’ compensation, some folks are just gonna hate. And others, well...

A New Mediation Track to Combat Opioid Use by Injured Workers

Massachusetts’ new pilot program aims to break the emphasis on opioids On October 23, 2015, attorneys and judges from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire gathered at Gillette Stadium to discuss a variety of workers’ compensation issues that affect all three states. This is the...

Federalization of Workers’ Comp: Politics, Opt-Outs and Survival of the State-Based Status Quo

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq., Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter A chronicle of workers’ compensation in the United States tells the story of a persistent (but failing) federal advocacy that gives way to entrenched special interests . . . Every ...

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss the WCRI 32nd Annual Conference

Anyone familiar with the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 32-year history of providing the data and analysis that industry mavericks rely upon to understand, manage and effect real change have come to expect WCRI conferences to provide the discussion and debate of cutting edge issues and...

Opt-Out Lessons From Lone Star State

Shining the Real Light on So-Called Texas Opt Outs By Thomas A. Robinson, co-author Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law As Lex Larson and I point out in the opening article in Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis , 2015 Edition, 2016 will shape up to be an important one...

Oklahoma: Commission May Rule on Specific Constitutional Issues

Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation Commission is appropriately empowered to determine whether a provision of the state’s workers’ compensation law [Title 85A] is being constitutionally applied to a particular party in a proceeding before the Commission, held the state’s Supreme...