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IL: House And Senate Convenes Special WC Committees

Chicago, IL (CompNewsNetwork) - The Illinois House and Senate have formed special committees to discuss workers' compensation reform. At the initial meeting of each committee, Chairman Weisz gave an overview of workers' comp in Illinois. Business, labor, and medical representatives then gave...

OK: Bill To Include Workers Comp Task Force Recommendations

Oklahoma City, OK (CompNewsNetwork) - The recent recommendations of the Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation in Worker's Compensation will be introduced as legislation in the 2011 legislative session, state Rep. Mark McCullough announced today. “Our expensive workers compensation system...

CA: CHSWC Releases 2010 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) has released the 2010 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report. WOSHTEP, the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program, is a statewide effort aimed at reducing job-related...

OK: Dorman Plans Interim Study On Workers Comp Reform

Oklahoma City, OK (CompNewsNetwork) - State Rep. Joe Dorman said today he wants to study an idea brought to him by a constituent that could lead to significant workers’ compensation reform and help boost business growth and economic development in the state. “A constituent of mine,...

CWCI Research Tracks the Continued Growth of California Workers’ Comp Medical Expenses

California workers’ compensation medical expenditures fell sharply immediately after the enactment of the 2002-2004 reforms, but that decline was short-lived, and after rising steadily since 2005, average payments for treatment, pharmaceuticals and durable medical equipment (DME), medical management...

Illinois: Workers’ Comp Arbitrators Sue the Governor to Keep Their Jobs Post-Reform

The Springfield State-Journal Register reports that five appointed arbitrators on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Kathleen A. Hagan, Joseph V. Prieto, Richard A. Peterson, Peter Akemann, and Gilberto Galicia, have sued Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in the United States District Court...

Oklahoma Opt Out Legislation Fails: A Post Mortem

By Thomas A. Robinson Late last Wednesday evening (April 25th), supporters of a controversial bill that would have allowed some Oklahoma employers to “opt out” of the state’s traditional workers’ compensation system [ see Oklahoma House Bill 2155 ] fell short of having sufficient...