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Five Things You Need to Know: 11/20, Monday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA: ‘Calor’ is More than a Spanish Adjective, it is a New Safety App for Farmers  A Shafter, CA teenager has started development of an app “…to connect ...

Five Things to Catch Up On: 11/19, Weekend Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA: Companies Issued Order to Stop Selling Work Comp Policies (FRIDAY) The California Dept. of Insurance has issued an order requiring the Agricultural Contracting Services ...

OH DR Arrested for Work Comp Fraud after Five-Year Investigation

Hillsboro, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Wilmington, OH doctor was indicted on 29 felony counts Wednesday, following an investigation by multiple state agencies there. Dr. Timothy S. Manuel was arrested on one ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 11/17, Friday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA: Companies Issued Order to Stop Selling Work Comp Policies The California Dept. of Insurance has issued an order requiring the Agricultural Contracting Services Association Inc. ...

NY: Surviving Sons of Nuclear Weapons Worker Sue Feds for Compensation

Buffalo, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) – The two surviving sons of Arnold Young have sued the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Health and Human Services over those agencies’ denial of their ...

Staffing, Compensation, and Opt Out (4)

People are talking about workers' compensation, perhaps more today than ever. This is the third in an 11-post series (links to the first two are at the end of this post), that attempts to overview various perspectives heard from system ...

Rousmaniere: Why Innovation is Hard

A Harvard Business School guru, Clayton Christensen, has written often on innovation, market disruption, and how newcomers in an industry upend the powers that be.  He recently wrote an article on why companies find it hard to innovate, ...

Arkansas Adjustment

Arkansas has decided to delay implementation of their #WorkComp drug formulary from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. It was originally scheduled to go into effect September 1, 2017 but let me tell you why that should not be viewed as a ...

The 2017-18 Annual Report and Litigation Volumes

Each year, the Florida OJCC issues an annual report documenting various metrics of litigation character and volume. Two of these are the rate at which petitions for benefits ("PFB") are being filed and another is a subset of that ...

MEMIC Marks 25th Anniversary Of Incorporation With Mailing Of $21 Million Dividend Back Into Maine's Economy

Portland, ME (WorkersCompensation.com) - Monday, November 13, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of Maine Employers’ Mutual ...

Tar Heel State's Workplace Injury and Illness Rate Unchanged from Previous Year

Raleigh, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) - New figures show North Carolina’s workplace injury and illness rate for private industry in 2016 was statistically unchanged from its ...

Peter B. Robb Sworn In As NLRB General Counsel

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Attorney Peter B. Robb was sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Agency) today for a four year term.  Mr. Robb was nominated by ...

SAIF Releases Relaxation Videos For The Most Stressful Time Of Year

Salem, OR (WorkersCompensation.com) - While stress can always be an issue, it can feel especially difficult to manage this time of year. From end-of-year deadlines, to holiday commitments, to ...

US DOL Cites Tampa Electric Co. And Critical Intervention Services Following Hazardous Chemical Release

Gibsonton, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tampa Electric Co. and ...

Suicide by Co(m)p

I read a story last week about an Ohio police officer – make that a former Ohio police officer, who plead guilty to fabricating a story about being shot in the line of duty. The charges he plead to were one count of inducing panic, one count of making ...

Poll on Illegal and Undocumented in Comp Provides Interesting Results

We recently concluded the second of our new CompNewsNetwork Pulse Polls, querying our industry on their views of the rights of undocumented workers’ who are injured on the job. This unscientific survey ...

For Awareness Week, It's All About The Kids (Chance)

Today marks the beginning of the Third Annual Kids’ Chance Awareness Week, where the workers’ comp industry rolls out all the stops to make sure everyone and their brother has 1) heard of Kids’ Chance, and 2) ...

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me a Clue, My Blood Pressure's Up While Waiting On You

One of the challenges we have in workers’ compensation is that we are, in many jurisdictions, held hostage by a medical system that we can neither avoid or control. We are merely customers subject ...

The Eye of the Beholder: Are Canada's Workers' Comp Boards Overfunded?

A report issued this month claims that, as of last year, eight out of 12 Canadian workers’ compensation boards are overfunded by a total of $6.8 billion. In Canada, all boards are monopolistic, ...

CMS Document SE17019 Reissued; The Effect This Document Has On Your MSA

As we continue to monitor for guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance and liability/no-fault insurance claims, we have noted a ...

CA Court of Appeal Upholds Landmark Ruling Affirming $1.5B Judgment Ordering the Removal of Lead Paint From Pre-1951 Homes

After a seventeen year legal battle that broke new legal ground, California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal unanimously upheld a lower court ...

Report of Plaintiff's Personal Doctor Undercuts Her ADA Claim for Discrimination in Post-Offer Exam

On July 26, 2012, Stephanie Nichols applied for a job as a Senior Radiology Technologist with OhioHealth Corp at the Riverside Breast Health Center.  She had worked in similar ...

Vehicle Lift Safety

Vehicle lifts are widely used throughout the automotive service industry and are very effective pieces of equipment when proper safety procedures are followed. There are different types of lifts which include two-post surface mounted, four post, in-ground, ...

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Suicide by Co(m)p

I read a story last week about an Ohio police officer – make that a former Ohio police officer, who plead guilty to fabricating a story about being shot in the line of duty. The charges he plead to were one count of inducing panic, one count of ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 11/20, Monday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA: ‘Calor’ is More than a Spanish Adjective, it is a New Safety App for Farmers  A Shafter, CA teenager has started development of an app “…to ...

Staffing, Compensation, and Opt Out (4)

People are talking about workers' compensation, perhaps more today than ever. This is the third in an 11-post series (links to the first two are at the end of this post), that attempts to overview various perspectives heard from system ...

OH DR Arrested for Work Comp Fraud after Five-Year Investigation

Hillsboro, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Wilmington, OH doctor was indicted on 29 felony counts Wednesday, following an investigation by multiple state agencies there. Dr. Timothy S. Manuel was arrested on ...

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Dara Barney

Dara Barney comes to WorkersCompensation.com as the Senior Editor of Premium Media. Her previous journalism experience in Idaho and California, along with her former role as Public Information Specialist at the Idaho Industrial Commission, all play ...

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Phil Yacuboski

Phil Yacuboski is a freelance writer based in Maryland. He writes about business, healthcare and technology. In his spare time, Phil enjoys the outdoors and photography.

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Heather Schwartz Sanderson

Heather Schwartz Sanderson, Esq., MSCC, CHPE, CLMP, CMSP Heather is Chief Legal Officer for Franco Signor LLC, the nation's compliance authority for Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) matters. She has lectured on MSP compliance to the workers’ ...

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Terry Bogyo

Terry is an active researcher, speaker and commentator on workers compensation issues. Now retired, he was the Director of Corporate Planning and Development for WorkSafeBC. His responsibilities included environmental scanning, strategic planning ...

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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson is the CEO of WorkersCompensation.com, and author of the award winning blog, "From Bob's Cluttered Desk". Bob is an accomplished presenter for the workers' comp industry, and we are lucky to have him. We don't ...

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Liz Carey

Liz Carey has worked as a writer, reporter and editor for nearly 25 years. First, as an investigative reporter for Gannett and later as the Vice President of a local Chamber of Commerce, Carey has covered everything from local government to the ...

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John D'Alusio

John D’Alusio has over 30 years experience in P/C insurance with executive management positions in administration, field operations, and claim technical areas. Mr. D’Alusio has had many articles published in industry periodicals, and is also a ...

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Judge David Langham

David Langham is the Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings. He has been involved in workers’ compensation for over 25 years as an attorney, an ...

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Peter Rousmaniere

Peter Rousmaniere is widely known throughout the workers’ compensation industry, both for his writing and consulting experience. Based in the picture perfect New England town of Woodstock, VT, he is a regular on the conference circuit, and is deeply ...

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Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson is a veteran award-winning journalist with 30 years of experience as a newspaper reporter and editor. During his career, he has covered state and local government in Georgia, the University of Georgia, and a range of economic ...

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A "Quick Pulse" Poll

One of the "Imperative Issues" identified during the 2016 WC Summit (the "National Conversation") was Regulatory Complexity. The wide variances between jurisdictions, both in benefits and procedure, are a challenge for companies working in multiple states. This has prompted a few questions for the current Pulse Poll. Tell us your opinion here in our Pulse Poll!