Five Things to Catch Up On: 2/5, Weekend Edition



1) What Does Tax Time Mean for the Workers’ Compensation Industry?

It's that time of year again, when taxes create a conversation between Uncle Sam and millions of hard-working Americans. Though workers’ compensation policies are most often exempt from federal and state taxes, there are times they are not, which is why it is vital to know if you owe. "It is important for anyone who gets workers’ comp to talk to a tax advisor because you don't want to fail to declare income," Thomas B. Wassel said, partner at Cullen and Dykman LLP, out of Garden City, NY. To read more of this original content, click here.

2) FL Senate Approves Cancer Presumption Bill

In a typical workers’ compensation claim, the burden of proving that the injury was work-related lies with the claimant. For Florida firefighters who are diagnosed with a few specific types of cancer, the burden of proof is about to shift to the employer. To read more of this original content, click here.

3) A Review of ‘Red Flags’ in Liberty Mutual’s Annual Study

Overexertion and same-level falls remain the top two causes of U.S. employers' workers’ compensation payouts, according to an annual study by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Supported by data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index grades serious, non-fatal work-related wounds at an annual cost of $59.9 billion. To read more of this original content, click here. 

4) Hungry Hungry HIPAA: Could It Mean Potential Liability for Medical Providers?

For more than 20 years, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been the law of the land. The voluminous act contains many provisions not relevant to the workers’ compensation industry. However, there are issues within the privacy law section of HIPAA that workers’ compensation medical providers and insurers should be aware of in order to ensure compliance. To read more of this original content, click here.

California Mother and Son Evicted from Simi Valley Cemetery Property (1/30, MONDAY):
    • Leigh-anne Harrison-Bigbie and her son remained in on-campus housing although Harrison-Bigbie's last day as El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery caretaker was Nov. 1. The two were former employees of the cemetery, and as a part of Harrison-Bigbie's compensation package, they could stay in the 1,200-square-foot dwelling, according to Melissa Simon of the Simi Valley Acorn. Harrison-Bigbie told the paper that she and her son, Gavin Fisher, remained there as long as he remained caretaker of the property. Fisher filed a workers' compensation claim over the summer after he was allegedly hurt on he job. "But on Dec. 19, a Ventura County Superior Court Judge upheld the district’s eviction of Harrison-Bigbie and her son, ordering the pair to vacate the home by Jan. 3. In addition, the mother and son were ordered to pay the cemetery about $3,000 rent for November and December," according to the article. The property was vacated, and the new cemetery manager will move in to the dwelling as soon as updates are made.  

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