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Sore Points: How Much Is Employee Back Pain Costing Your Company?

Executive Summary Working at a desk all day and doing strenuous manual labor have at least one thing in common: They both can lead to back ...

2015 NWCDN Maryland Workers' Compensation Update

For further inquiries, please contact F&P Principal, Bert Randall, at (410) 230-3622 or by email at arandall@fandpnet.com. I.                    New Maryland Benefit Rates  Effective January 1, 2015, the ...

Oregon Officials Zero-in on Heat and Workplace Safety

With summertime just around the corner, authorities in Oregon do not want employers taking those employees who must work outdoors for granted.   Landscaping, construction, and agriculture ...

Ohio BWC Notes 11 Comp Fraud Cases

Authorities in the Buckeye State don’t take kindly to workers compensation fraud.   Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO SteveBuehrer announced recently that 11 individuals were ...

Texas Mutual Recognizes Workplace Safety

Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently reported that its board of directors voted unanimously to approve a company-record $225 million dividend distribution in 2015. Qualifying policyholder ...

Alabama Judges Must Consider Issue of Vocational Loss for Non-Scheduled Injuries When Employee is Earning Less

 The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently reversed an order based on a trial court’s decision which only found the employee suffered a physical impairment ...

Sever Alabama Tort Claims from Adjoining Workers’ Comp Claim for Quick Appeal

 Imperial Aluminum-Scottsboro, LLC v. Taylor Released July 24, 2015The employee filed suit against the employer asserting a workers’ compensation claim, retaliatory discharge and the tort ...

Minnesota Legislature, Governor Back Comp Cut

There is some good news when it comes to the workers compensation system in Minnesota.   Legislation approved recently and signed by Governor Mark Dayton will cut ...

Calculating AWW in SD has changed

 The SD Supreme Court recently issued a decision in Patricia Wheeler v. Cinna Bakers LLC d/b/a Cinnabon and Hartford Casualty Insurance Company 2015 S.D. 25.   On May ...

SD DOL Decisions - Second Quarter

 Robert L. Miller v. McLaughlin Electric and Travelers InsuranceRobert Miller/Thomas J. Von WaldIssue: (1) Whether the Claimant’s choice to move to assisted living over his ...

Horseplay found compensable - South Dakota

 Supreme Court of South DakotaJason Petrik v. J.J. Concrete, Inc. and EMC Insurance Company, 2015 S.D. 39Michael Bornitz and Joseph Dylla/Charles LarsonIssues: (1) Whether the ...

Federal Court Rejects ADA Suit By Security Officer But Allows Workers' Comp Retaliation Claim To Go To Trial

Patrick Vasnaik worked for Providence Health & Services - Oregon as a security officer from 2006 to 2012.  His performance evaluations over the years fluctuated ...

Physician Input on Current Issues in Workers' Compensation

At the 2015 Harbor Health MPN Medical Directors Meeting, a panel discussed current issues impacting workers' compensation. The panel consisted of: Dr. Tedd Blatt (moderator) Dr. Craig ...

Concerns About Neurodiagnostic Studies

At the 2015 Harbor Health MPN Medical Director meeting, Dr. John Robinson from One-Call discussed concerns around the use of neurodiagnostic studies. This focused on ...

Physicians' Role in Workers' Compensation

At the 2015 Harbor Health MPN Medical Director Meeting, Dr. Ted Blatt from Harbor Health discussed some of the best practices for physicians in the ...

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Terry Bogyo

Terry Bogyo

Terry is an active researcher, speaker and commentator on workers compensation issues. Now retired, he was the Director of Corporate Planning and Development for WorkSafeBC. His responsibilities included environmental scanning, strategic planning and inter-jurisdictional comparisons. Terry says of himself: I am a student of workers’ compensation systems. Many years ago I discovered two things about this area. First, workers’ comp and OH&S are of vital importance to people. Protecting, caring for and providing compensation to workers are important, noble and morally responsible endeavors. The second thing I learned was that no matter how much I knew about workers' comp/OH&S, there was always so much more to learn. This is an endlessly challenging area of study. My purpose, therefore, is not to lecture, but to reflect on the ideas and issues that are topical in this area... and to invite others to share in a learning experience. By adding your knowledge and insights, others with similar interests can participate in the discovery and study of this important domain.
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