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5 Things to Know Friday 1/18 Edition

Sarasota, FL. (WorkersCompensation.com) - It’ the end of yet another work week. Here are several news items to end your week.   Updated Building Codes Could Save WC Payers, Study Indicates Spending money on hazard mitigation could ...

Tennessee Program Gives 'Hope' to Injured Workers Post Settlement

Injured workers who settle their claims often share a common feeling: despair. Even though they may have walked away with a large sum of money and are free to visit the medical providers of their own choosing, ...

Swedlow: Change in Leadership 'One of the Most Significant' in Quite Some Time

All eyes are on California to see what, if any changes Gov Gavin Newsom will seek for the workers’ compensation system. While he, like his predecessor is a democrat, it’s uncertain ...

5 Things to Know Thursday 1/17 Edition

Some say Thursday is the best day of the week. To celebrate, we’ve included a bonus item.   NCCI Reveals Top Concerns of WC Insurance Executives The changing workforce, maintaining profitability, medical costs, and the future of the ...

Hartwig Ponders Potential Impact of Shutdown on Worker Safety

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – More than 800,000 federal employees are working without pay during the government shutdown. And that financial insecurity may or may not endanger the workers and their ...

Are Workers' Compensation Benefits Protected Against the Rising Cost of Living?

The cost of living (almost always) goes up year over year.  If your earnings aren’t keeping pace, something has to give.  In the short run, you might be able to carpool more, ...

Cascading Errors and Our Own Humanity

I advocate that judges should prepare orders. My feelings about how lawyers and parties seek relief are as clear. The Rules of Procedure for Workers' Compensation Adjudications are consistent with both of these. And, these are not new topics, ...

Claims Success: Taking the Road Less Traveled

  Advances in healthcare technology have led to significant improvements in emergency medical care for injured workers. Injuries that were once considered fatal are now survivable. Industry attitudes about ...

Dissing Daubert?

In 2016, I penned To D or not to D? That It appears is the Question. The evolution of constraints on evidence in Florida legal proceedings has been an interesting one. It has come to the fore again recently with consideration of the Florida Supreme Court's ...

Empty Preemption of Workers' Compensation: Parallels Between the Hanford Nuclear Facility and Air Ambulance Disputes

I am interested in conflicts between federal and state law in the context of workers’ compensation. And I am especially interested in a phenomenon I have ...

NC Industrial Commission: $3.2 Million in Penalties Collected

Raleigh, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Industrial Commission’s Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division continues to identify businesses out of compliance with the Workers’ Compensation ...

NY AG James Announces Sentencing Of Farmer Following Death Of 14-Year-Old Employee

Courtland County, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - Attorney General Letitia James today announced the sentencing of Luke Park, owner of the Park Family Farm, for child labor violations ...

Scott Mugno Again Re-Nominated to Head OSHA; Heidi King Nomination as NHTSA Administrator Back on the Table

Washington, DC  — Scott Mugno’s nomination to lead OSHA was resubmitted to the Senate a second time by President Donald Trump on Jan. 16. The ...

OSHA Shares Fall Prevention Resources Ahead of National Safety Stand-Down

Washington, DC — To help employers prepare for the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, set to take place May 6-10, OSHA is offering free compliance ...

Ohio BWC Awards $243K in School Safety Grants

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Eight Ohio school districts and two private schools will share nearly $243,000 to enhance their safety and security under an expanded safety grant program launched last year by the ...

The Week's (Completely) Absurd

As the weekend approaches, we leave workers’ compensation behind for a brief respite. I have to warn you. This week’s collection of absurd stories is not for the faint of heart. This week involves drugs, hot watches, body cavity ...

Clogging Our Way Out of Plantar Fasciitis

This may be handy information for the folks who handle “repetitive walking” claims from correctional officers of Illinois’ Menard Correctional Center. And since our industry sees its fair share of foot related ...

When Your Employee is Arrested for Assault with a Dead Chicken

First, we should unequivocally state that the incident discussed here did not occur at a Waffle House. That little bit of information alone should be enough to make the risk management team at that august 24-hour a day ...

Doctor, Respect Thy Patient's Time

In most businesses, routine tardiness and delay is not accepted or expected. Unfortunately, in the medical world, the opposite is often the case. We not only tolerate delays and late appointments when dealing with medical professionals; we ...

Wanted: 80 Hour a Week Part Time Assistant for Egotistical Twit

No, I’m not looking for an assistant. This story is about some other egotistical twit. Actually, it is about someone who sounds like an egomaniacal dumbass; one who needs an assistant to do his actual job. Perhaps ...

Update on NY Work Comp Drug Formulary

I had the privilege [yesterday] of speaking at the New York Self-Insurers Association annual meeting in Manhattan. But this blogpost isn't about my session on medical marijuana along with Renee E. Heitger Esq. Instead, this blogpost is about what ...

2019 California Workers' Comp Quiz

What does 2019 hold for California workers’ comp? 2018 is kaput, but you can check out my recap of important 2018 developments here: http://www.workerscompzone.com/2019/01/01/the-top-10-2018-california-workers-comp-developments/ Early ...

Texas Regulatory Roundup: 01.18.19

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) OSHA offers fall prevention resources ...

Regulatory Roundup: 01.11.19

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) OSHA still operating in spite of shutdownAlthough ...

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44 Percent of Physicians are Burned Out

Sacramento, CA - Close to 44 percent of U.S. physicians are burned out, and 15 percent are depressed and thinking about suicide, according to a survey conducted by Medscape and summarized by Reuters Health.More than ...

The Week's (Completely) Absurd

As the weekend approaches, we leave workers’ compensation behind for a brief respite. I have to warn you. This week’s collection of absurd stories is not for the faint of heart. This week involves drugs, hot watches, body cavity ...

NY AG James Announces Sentencing Of Farmer Following Death Of 14-Year-Old Employee

Courtland County, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - Attorney General Letitia James today announced the sentencing of Luke Park, owner of the Park Family Farm, for child labor violations ...

NY State Employee With Side Business And Outside Jobs Charged With Six-Figure Workers’ Comp And Welfare Fraud

New City, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Acting Rockland County District Attorney Kevin Gilleece ...

5 Things to Know Friday 1/18 Edition

Sarasota, FL. (WorkersCompensation.com) - It’ the end of yet another work week. Here are several news items to end your week.   Updated Building Codes Could Save WC Payers, Study Indicates Spending money on hazard mitigation ...

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