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Five Things You Need to Know: 5/23, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) ID: OSHA Stats Show Too Many Residential Construction Violations  Audrey Dutton of the Idaho Statesman recently reported on worker safety and residential ...

Automation Makes Great Strides in Insurance Industry, but Human Interaction is Still Very Relevant

CA, OR (WorkersCompensation.com) - While automation of jobs affects workers’ compensation claims; the automation of workers’ compensation claims impacts the insurance industry ...

NCCI Sold Out Symposium 2017: CEO Looks Toward the Future

Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - For the first time ever, the Annual Insurance Symposium (AIS) sold out this year. The annual event, hosted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), was titled AIS ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 5/22, Monday Edition

1) NCCI Report Released  The National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) released its "State of the Line Guide" last week, according to a press release by Marketing Communications Director Dean Dimke. "As presented in ...

Five Things to Catch Up On: 5/21, Weekend Edition

1) CA Tesla Factory Workers Speak Up (FRIDAY) There might be some trouble at the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA, writes Julia Carrie Wong of The Guardian. "Ambulances have been called more than 100 times since 2014 for workers ...

The Waffle House Index

If you read Bob's Cluttered desk, you might think that the Waffle House Index has something to do with violence, controversy, or worse. If you live in the south, you know Waffle House. If you know Waffle House, you know not to try ordering french ...

Attorney Complicity and Disqualification

When should a lawyer be precluded from representing a client in a claim or complaint? WorkCompCentral reported in April that an Attorney Complicit in Comp Fraud Can't Represent Client's Estate. That is a headline likely to attract ...

Rousmaniere: Unconstitutional in Alabama

Courts in three states have struck down at least certain parts of their workers’ compensation laws as unconstitutional. These decisions favored injured workers. A ruling by an Alabama court last week may be the most important of the ...

At AIS Regulator Forum 2017

Each Spring, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) produces a three day program on workers' compensation, the Annual Issues Symposium (AIS). It has featured some outstanding presentations over the years. It was at the AIS a few years ago ...

Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season

It was Hurricane Preparedness Week last week (May 7-13, 2017). It passed without attracting my attention. Perhaps it was better publicized or at least better noticed elsewhere. For many across the country, hurricane season is a stressful ...

Ohio Construction Worker’s Fraud Scheme Collapses

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Marion man who claimed to be permanently disabled owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $160,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday to a fourth-degree felony ...

Cincinnati Tax Preparer Convicted of Workers' Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Cincinnati-area man who claimed to be permanently disabled from work while earning more than $100,000 preparing tax returns owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ ...

Worker's Comp Study Ranks Wisconsin 1st in Low Level of Attorney Involvement

Madison, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement regarding the Worker's Compensation Research ...

Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Prepare For Sizzling Temperatures

Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - As Northern California braces for triple digit temperatures, Cal/OSHA urges all employers to revisit their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and their emergency ...

OSHA Finds Machine Safety Hazards, Lead Overexposure at Ohio Steel Plant

Canton, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Republic Steel, an automotive steel manufacturer, faces $279,578 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and ...

Social Security Numbers and States That Are Getting It Right (or Almost Right)

I have been highlighting in recent weeks the need to purge the use of injured workers’ social security numbers from the jurisdictional forms used in the management of their claims. As I have noted, ...

"The Word" is Adapting, and the Future is On the Docket for NCCI

NCCI CEO Bill Donnell delivered the opening address to a packed house at the Annual Issues Symposium in Orlando, FL Thursday. Donnell gave an excellent presentation, speaking about the state of the industry, ...

Are We Asking the Right Questions Regarding Doctor Choice?

Last month the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study looking at how and if claim expense is affected depending on which party gets to select the doctor. The study, in excess of 100 pages, was ...

The Aerial Observers of Workers' Comp

A couple years back, while I was attending a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I received a generous invitation to briefly address a group of claims people who were attending CEU training in a concurrent program. The organizer had ...

Has the ABA Abandoned the First Amendment?

It is a concept that can eventually wend its way into the workers’ compensation industry, and that thought should chill you to the bone. Lawyers, whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, are in many ways the final vanguard of ...

Regulatory Roundup

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ‘Volks’ rule is re-introduced This week, Democrats introduced The Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness ...

U.S. District Court Declares CMS Practice of Over-Inclusive Demands to be Unlawful, but Withholds Injunction

Earlier this year, Tower MSA summarized the California Insurance Guarantee Association’s (CIGA) case challenging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) ...

OWCA, Plus Voices for and Against, React to ODG Formulary Vote

HB592, Rep. Talbot’s closed pharmacy formulary bill, which would make the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” the law of the land, passed the House Labor and Industrial ...

Employer is Required to Inquire of Employee Requesting Leave to Care for Grandfather Whether Grandfather Raised the Employee

While the ADA does not require an employer to inquire whether an employee needs reasonable accommodation, the FMLA does require an employer to reasonably determine ...

Express Scripts & myMatrixx Combine to Offer Best In Class Pharmacy Services

ST. LOUIS, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) today announced it is taking an important step in expanding its customized workers’ compensation pharmacy solutions by ...

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Five Things You Need to Know: 5/23, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) ID: OSHA Stats Show Too Many Residential Construction Violations  Audrey Dutton of the Idaho Statesman recently reported on worker safety and residential ...

Ohio Construction Worker’s Fraud Scheme Collapses

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Marion man who claimed to be permanently disabled owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $160,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday to a fourth-degree felony ...

Social Security Numbers and States That Are Getting It Right (or Almost Right)

I have been highlighting in recent weeks the need to purge the use of injured workers’ social security numbers from the jurisdictional forms used in the management of their claims. As I have ...

Worker's Comp Study Ranks Wisconsin 1st in Low Level of Attorney Involvement

Madison, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement regarding the Worker's Compensation Research ...

Cincinnati Tax Preparer Convicted of Workers' Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Cincinnati-area man who claimed to be permanently disabled from work while earning more than $100,000 preparing tax returns owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ ...

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Heather Schwartz Sanderson, Esq., MSCC, CHPE, CLMP, CMSP Heather is Chief Legal Officer for Franco Signor LLC, the nation's compliance authority for Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) matters. She has lectured on MSP compliance to the workers’ ...

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Alabama recently saw a Supreme Court decision rendering its workers' compensation system unconstitutional. Florida, Oklahoma and Utah have seen similar successful constitutional challenges. Is this the start of a trend? Is your state at risk for a similar challenge? Tell us your opinion here in our Pulse Poll!