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Shooting in Baltimore Marks Third US Workplace Shooting in 24 Hours

Aberdeen, MD (WorkersCompensation.com) – A woman who entered a Rite Aid distribution center and killed three people before turning her gun on herself Thursday marked the third workplace shooting in America in 24 ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 9/21, Friday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) NY: Prison Guard Busted for Allegedly Working Another Job After Injury Benjamin Essenter, a prison guard out of Albany, has been charged with “…grand larceny, insurance fraud ...

NY Subcontractor Sued for $50M After Two Trench Cave-Ins in Six Months

Long Island, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) – A son of an employee killed in a cave-in is suing his father’s employer for $50 million citing safety concerns.  The defendant, Don Antorino, of Antorino ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 9/20, Thursday Edition

1) Shooting at WI Software Company Leads to Four Injuries Wisconsin-based WTS Paradigm was the site of a shooting yesterday, after a gunman wounded three people, writes James B. Nelson and John Bacon of the Milwaukee Journal for USA ...

The Hidden Costs of the Gig Economy

New York, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) – While hiring gig workers may save employers money on benefits, consumers and others may pay the price of those savings. According to a new survey from Korn Ferry, 60 percent of HR professionals say they ...

Opportunity to be Heard

What is the scope and purpose of the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims (OJCC)? In a nutshell, this agency delivers process to those impacted by workplace injuries, the employees and employers. In Florida, the process of adjudicating and mediating ...

Rousmaniere: How Fare Workers Benefit?

Private sector employers and their employees are continually challenged to manage health benefits and other non-occupational benefits. These benefits are unevenly distributed within the American workforce. Some have very low participation ...

Comp Laude 2018 is Around the Corner

On October 10, 2018, the annual CompLaude program will include the People's Choice presentations. That is only 22 days away, which is a bit disconcerting (more on that in a moment). These are approximately 6 minute Ted talks presented by those ...

The Rash to Repeal our Rights

The news recently reminded me about rights in this country. I was reading the BBC News on September 3, 2018 and came across "Malaysia Women Caned for Attempting to have Lesbian Sex." The article notes that "homosexual activity is illegal under ...

How to Fix American Healthcare

In July, Fox News reported that some Americans are not renewing their health insurance. Purportedly, about one million have made that election, after learning that the taxpayers would not contribute to their insurance premiums. The article ...

OIG Finds Flaws in OSHA’s Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting Program

Washington, DC — OSHA is not doing enough to ensure it has complete information on work-related deaths and severe injuries, and is not consistent in citing establishments that fail to file ...

NY State Corrections Officer Charged With Defrauding Workers' Comp By Working At A Bar While Claiming He Was Not Employed At All

Albany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the arrest of a New York ...

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations for Fatal Waste Collection Truck Accident

Fremont, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Cal/OSHA has issued citations to GreenWaste Recovery Inc. after a waste collection worker was fatally run over by his own truck in San Jose. An investigation ...

Unlike NFL Players - 53 Pro Wrestlers Lose CTE Case

Sacramento, CA - The National Football League, which entered a concussion-related settlement that has been valued at approximately $1 billion, is far from the only organization affected by the emergence of civil and ...

MEMIC’s Stowell Receives Rising Tide Award for Patient Safety

Portland, ME (WorkersCompensation.com) - For more than 30 years MEMIC’s Beth Stowell, a senior loss control consultant to the health care industry, has worked to improve safety for patients and their ...

At Least He Briefly Caught the T-Shirt

We sometimes have the opportunity to review workplace injuries that are more, shall we say, unusual given their unique situation. And when a football team’s mascot is hauled off the field in a medical cart after a workplace incident it ...

Technology, Amazon and the Privacy Challenge in Workers' Comp

There was a time where our lives were our own. We could go about our day without concerns regarding privacy or monitoring. Your thoughts, comments, purchases and more were your domain; or at least the province of ...

A Follow Up on The Medical Billing Shell Game

When “The Medical Billing Shell Game” was published Friday, a follow up post was not expected to be written, but here we are. Another bill arrived this weekend that further highlights how irrelevant retail medical billing can ...

The Medical Billing Shell Game

Recent experiences helping an elderly relative navigate the morass of medical bills accumulated after several medical incidents has convinced me of one thing. Medical billing is largely a shell game, and the losers in that game are the ones most likely ...

Hot Seat - What's the Big Deal Regarding the AMA 6th Edition?

The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition, has been a pretty hot topic lately. Challenged in multiple states and found unconstitutional in two, it has drawn the ire of plaintiff attorneys ...

The Opioid Crisis: What is the Government Doing About It? Part 2 - Improvements with Data Reporting, Collection and Analysis

This blog series is devoted to better understanding the efforts our Federal government is undertaking to combat the opioid epidemic in America. Earlier this year, the ...

Changes in Monday Claims

A Case of the Mondays Sometimes injuries that are not work-related get claimed as workers compensation. Workers may get injured away from their job, but say the injury is related to work to reap better benefits, particularly if they are otherwise uninsured. Many ...

Back to the Drawing Board

The California Division of Workers’ Comp is going back to the drawing board on possible changes to the medical-legal fee schedule. A public meeting to discuss a possible new schedule has been announced for October 17 in Oakland. A large turnout is ...

Paradigm Outcomes Acquired

Paradigm will be acquired by investment firm Omers, a Toronto, Canada headquartered company. Sources indicate the price was approximately 14 times earnings; by my calculation, the total valuation was above a billion dollars. Till now, Omers had not ...

Texas Mutual: Weekly Regulatory Roundup (as of Sept. 14)

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Tips for emergency ...

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NY State Corrections Officer Charged With Defrauding Workers' Comp By Working At A Bar While Claiming He Was Not Employed At All

Albany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the arrest of a New York ...

A Follow Up on The Medical Billing Shell Game

When “The Medical Billing Shell Game” was published Friday, a follow up post was not expected to be written, but here we are. Another bill arrived this weekend that further highlights how irrelevant retail medical ...

WA L&I Proposes Significant Drop in Workers' Comp Rates for 2019

Tumwater, WA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The price of workers' compensation insurance in Washington will likely drop significantly in 2019. Today the state Department of Labor & Industries ...

NY Subcontractor Sued for $50M After Two Trench Cave-Ins in Six Months

Long Island, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) – A son of an employee killed in a cave-in is suing his father’s employer for $50 million citing safety concerns.  The defendant, Don Antorino, of ...

NC Sawmill Pays Back Wages and Penalty After U.S. DOL Investigation Finds Child Labor and Wage Violations

Rutherfordton, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has assessed D&M Logging Inc. a civil penalty ...

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