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IL: Special Session Starts Out with a Whimper

Springfield, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Work on the Special Session for Illinois lawmakers seems to be starting off pretty slow, with one day of the ten-day session dedicated to hearings on workers’ compensation reform. ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/23, Friday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) PA: Robinson Trucking Owner on the Hook for Hundreds of Workers' Comp Charges   Michael W. Robinson of Robinson Trucking is in some trouble with the state of Pennsylvania, ...

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

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) CA: Solutions Firm Works with Dept. of Insurance in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Bust  "Investigation Solutions, Inc. (ISI) worked alongside the California Department of ...

CA: TTD Rates to Rise

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) determines the maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates in California annually. This year, like many other years, they went up.  Releasing the rates this week, The ...

OH: Amendment Banning Benefits for Illegals Removed from Budget

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – An amendment to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget that would have eliminated benefits for illegal aliens was removed from the budget by the Ohio Senate this ...

Pennsylvania High Court Magnifies Protz

In September 2015, I penned As Florida Waits, Commonwealth Court Holds Pennsylvania Statute Unconstitutional. That reference to Florida waiting for its Supreme Court to address any of the then pending constitutional workers' compensation ...

Rousmaniere: Why Insurers Are Happy

Workers’ compensation insurers are enjoying profitable and stable years.  People who run and advise them tell me that computer analytics, relatively new to underwriting, has been a gift that will keep on giving.  And it’s ...

The Opportunity to be Heard is Important

The Florida First District Court of Appeal rendered a decision in Jiminez v. United Parcel Services, Case no., 1D16-4959 on June 19, 2017. The case is interesting, and reminded me of a case I decided several years ago.  The ...

A Move Toward Federal Influence?

In 2016, there was a great conversation about American workers' compensation. It included a great many of the thinkers involved in these many systems which cover millions of workers and their employers. The issues raised at the three summit meetings ...

A Button Labeled 'Codger Mode'

On a recent business trip, I encountered first-hand an "intelligent assist" automatic feature on a rented car. I had read about these features, for anti-collision and safety. But the hands-on experience was unpleasant and left me with the ...

Going and Coming Rule Clarified

Sacramento, CA - Yu Qin Zhu was hired as a home caretaker by the the California State Department of Social Services. The Department added Zhu to the registry of qualified workers. Zhu reviewed the registry of patients, contacted persons on ...

Providence Scheduling Fined $100,000 in Kickback Case

Sacramento, CA - Operation Backlash, has been an extensive FBI-led undercover investigation that revealed a widespread workers' compensation kickback scheme, including attorneys, doctors and medical providers who ...

So What's So Unconstitutional About Comp?

Sacramento, CA - Challenges to the Constitutionality of Worker' Compensation programs, or components of such programs seems to be under unrelenting pressure from lawyers seeking to have courts declare the program to be ...

Sleep Apnea Putting CMV Drivers at Risk of Crashing, Researchers Say

San Francisco, CA – More than 40 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers may have obstructive sleep apnea, potentially increasing their risk of being involved in a crash, according to a ...

Statement from NYCOSH on Carlos’ Bill Passing NY State Assembly

New York, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) -  Carlos’ Bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Francisco P. Moya passed the Assembly on 6/21/17. The bill, named in honor of worker Carlos Moncayo, who ...

Kids' Chance of Florida Changed Some Lives Today

It is Thursday afternoon, and I am really, really excited. Elated would be a better term. Basically, I am just so stoked, I cannot contain myself. Nothing has been officially announced, so I must withhold some of the more enticing ...

David's Dash and Life Stories Lost

There is a beautiful old cemetery located in Mystic, CT. Established in 1853, Elm Grove was designed in what is described as the Victorian Era of cemeteries, where families were intended to stroll and relax comfortably on the park-like grounds. ...

Social Security Numbers - Moving the Needle or Making It Twitch

I received another email while on vacation last week from BJ Dernbach, Division Administrator for the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Department of Workforce Development. It was just a courtesy email informing me ...

From the CD Files: In Real Deal Appeal PA Supremes Render Tender Crime Rhyme

Bob is on vacation this week, so we are taking this opportunity to dust off some of the more unusual entries from the Cluttered Desk archives. He will be back next week. Originally Published: ...

From the CD Files: It's a Bad Day at Work When a Meth Lab Explodes in Your Pants

Bob is on vacation this week, so we are taking this opportunity to dust off some of the more unusual entries from the Cluttered Desk archives. He will be back next week. Originally Published: ...

Will Opioids Kill the AHCA?

As a small group of Senators toil away in secrecy on an effort to recast a sixth of the American economy, one of the sticking points in the legislative negotiation is funding for the opioid crisis. While substantial cuts in Medicaid seem destined ...

County GPS System Defeats Petitioner's Comp Claim on Appeal

A good Global Positioning System can make all the difference in certain kinds of cases. Longstreet v. County of Mercer, A-3361-152 (App. Div. June 20, 2017) illustrates how effective this technology can be for claims ...

Cousineau, Waldhauser & Kieselbach Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce that Jim Waldhauser and Tom Kieselbach have once again been selected asSuper Lawyers (2017).  Whitney Teel has been selected as a Rising Star ...

PROTZ ENTOMBS IREs IN PENNSYLVANIA

  PROTZ ENTOMBS IREs IN PENNSYLVANIABy Kevin L. Connors, EsquireEver have one of those days where you just wonder, why bother?Today might be one of those days.In a Homer Simpsonesque Decision, the ...

The Senate Version of AHCA — What to Watch for

Senate Republicans are set to release their revised American Health Care Act today – here’s what we know about their version, and what to watch for. An excellent summary is here. Medicaid – the biggest, most ...

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Kids' Chance of Florida Changed Some Lives Today

It is Thursday afternoon, and I am really, really excited. Elated would be a better term. Basically, I am just so stoked, I cannot contain myself. Nothing has been officially announced, so I must withhold some of the more ...

The UR/IMR Process: Still Good on its Face

The California Supreme Court has determined that it will not review a case involving an injured worker who asserted that the Independent Medical Review (IMR) process was unconstitutional.  This is good news for California payers, ...

PROTZ ENTOMBS IREs IN PENNSYLVANIA

  PROTZ ENTOMBS IREs IN PENNSYLVANIABy Kevin L. Connors, EsquireEver have one of those days where you just wonder, why bother?Today might be one of those days.In a Homer Simpsonesque Decision, the ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/23, Friday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) PA: Robinson Trucking Owner on the Hook for Hundreds of Workers' Comp Charges   Michael W. Robinson of Robinson Trucking is in some trouble with the state of ...

Providence Scheduling Fined $100,000 in Kickback Case

Sacramento, CA - Operation Backlash, has been an extensive FBI-led undercover investigation that revealed a widespread workers' compensation kickback scheme, including attorneys, doctors and medical providers who ...

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