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Inspector Gen. Recommends Tighter controls on Work Comp at IRS

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – An audit of the federal workers’ compensation program at the IRS found the program to be vulnerable to fraud, and recommended tightening the controls over the ...

WCRI Study Finds Long-Term Opioid Use Lengthens Time on Temporary Disability Benefits

Cambridge, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A new study from WCRI has found that workers on long-term prescriptions for opioids receive temporary disability benefits for more than three times the ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/22, Friday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) NJ: City Agrees to Pay More than $180K to Settle Four Work Comp Cases  The city of Paterson has settled four work comp cases, to the tune of $180,092, writes Jayed Rahman in ...

AIA and PCI Announce Merger Discussions

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – Two of the insurance industry’s biggest professional organizations announced they will enter into merger talks Wednesday, according to a WorkersCompenastion.com article released this week. In ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/21, Thursday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) OH: Employers Could See Work Comp Savings for Participation in BWC’s New Rebate Program Ohio has rolled out a new program aiming to aid business owners in decreasing work comp costs ...

So, CDC... What's Next?

I had the opportunity to attend the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) meeting of their Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) in Atlanta on June 19. The room was filled with highly educated, experienced and passionate people ...

A Comp Laude Overview: Community and Commitment

The Comp Laude awards have become a part of the American workers' compensation landscape. Each year nominations are opened and we encourage participation. Some thoughts from 2017 are here. Some broader overview thoughts ...

Abuse of Discretion

Appellate courts review the actions (or inaction) of trial courts. That is axiomatic, and reasonably well understood by everyone in the litigation business. But, over the years, I have come to appreciate that many who understand that premise do not understand that ...

Rousmaniere: How Spinal Cord Injury Care Has Improved

Tom, a Colorado firefighter on a rescue mission in 1990, survived a severe work accident that dealt him a spinal cord injury.  He’s now afflicted with quadriplegia — a term that is being replaced by ...

We'll Head 'Em Off at the Pass!

Every kid grows up wanting at some moment to be a superhero, policeman, fireman, or astronaut. These were the standby responses when I was a kid. A few would wander off the reservation with doctor, nurse, teacher or athlete. That is all ...

NIOSH Joins National Safety Council in Observing National Safety Month

Washington,DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with the National Safety Council this year in observing National ...

OSHA And The International Safety Equipment Association Form Alliance to Protect Workers’ Safety and Health

Washington,DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the International Safety ...

CIGA Prevails in Dispute Over Lumbermens Liquidation

San Francisco,CA (WorkCompAcademy) - In a case involving Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, the Appellate Court of Illinois issued its decision supporting the California Insurance Guarantee Association's (CIGA) ...

Asaro-Angelo Sworn In as Labor Commissioner

Trenton,NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) - Robert Asaro-Angelo was sworn in as Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday. The governor tapped Asaro-Angelo for the Cabinet ...

Sex and Seafood in the Workplace

Well, it’s Friday, and time to shrug off the consistently negative news in exchange for a little lighter fare. And when it comes to a little useless information, I’m sure you’ll agree there is no place better than my blog. ...

Saliva Stress Test Can Identify Those Workplace Burnouts

Scientists announced this week that a simple saliva test can quickly show if you are overly stressed on the job and at risk of burnout. They say measuring levels of “the anti-stress hormone cortisol at different times of ...

Getting Schooled on Texas Subrogation

I wrote a post last week entitled, “For Texas Subrogation, the Devil is in the (Policy) Details.” It concerned a Texas Supreme Court Decision where an insurance carrier had attempted to collect from an injured workers’ ...

Thanks, Dad.

Last week I saw a message on Twitter sent by a friend. She was re-tweeting a meme acknowledging the June 6th anniversary of D-Day. She had added with her tweet, “God bless them for their courage and sacrifice.” I re-tweeted her message with the simple ...

When the Law of Unintended Consequences Screws Good Samaritans

I hear employers complain about having to carry workers’ comp all the time. Many of them do not understand the protections that workers’ compensation coverage can provide, and instead simply view it as a ...

Senate Bill 3079, Legislation to Band-Aid the Medicare Set-Aside Process, Has Been Introduced

You may recall in 2014, Senators Portman and Nelson introduced a Senate Bill, “[t]o amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the application of Medicare ...

Executive Director Gary Davis on SAWCA's LA History

As the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) prepares to host industry leaders and regulators at its 70th Annual Convention at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia, July ...

Burn Prevention: A Hot Topic for Restaurants

The American Burn Association estimates that nearly 500,000 burn injuries are treated in medical facilities each year.  This includes all burn injuries, minor to severe, and from all causes.  Focusing on the workplace, ...

Accreditation

Will many utilization review organizations miss the upcoming July 1, 2018 California deadline for UR accreditation? That is looking increasingly likely. Labor Code section 4610(g)(4) requires UR programs to be accredited by July 1, 2018. This provision, added as part of ...

Roads to Stability

After eight days with family in Tuscany, it’s back to work. Before we dive into the mundane, (click here for) an observation from my travels. This is a road built by the Romans about 2000 years ago. It’s still pretty functional, as were most ...

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Sex and Seafood in the Workplace

Well, it’s Friday, and time to shrug off the consistently negative news in exchange for a little lighter fare. And when it comes to a little useless information, I’m sure you’ll agree there is no place better than my blog. ...

WCRI Study Finds Long-Term Opioid Use Lengthens Time on Temporary Disability Benefits

Cambridge, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A new study from WCRI has found that workers on long-term prescriptions for opioids receive temporary disability benefits for more than three ...

Senate Bill 3079, Legislation to Band-Aid the Medicare Set-Aside Process, Has Been Introduced

You may recall in 2014, Senators Portman and Nelson introduced a Senate Bill, “[t]o amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the application of ...

CIGA Prevails in Dispute Over Lumbermens Liquidation

San Francisco,CA (WorkCompAcademy) - In a case involving Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, the Appellate Court of Illinois issued its decision supporting the California Insurance Guarantee Association's (CIGA) ...

Governor Abbott Appoints Brown Commissioner Of Texas Workers' Compensation

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassie Brown as Commissioner of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for a term ...

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