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Five Things You Need to Know: 10/17, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) KS: Another State to See a Comp Rate Decrease Next Year  “…The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) filing for the 2018 workers’ compensation ...

LA: Natural Gas Rig Explodes; At Least Seven Workers Injured

Kenner, LA (WorkersCompensation.com) – An explosion on a natural gas drilling platform in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans has sent seven workers to the hospital and left authorities questioning whether one worker is ...

AR: Fallout from CAAIR Reports? 'Too Early to Tell'

Little Rock, AR (WorkersCompensation.com) – It’s too early to tell what the fallout will be for a drug treatment program in Oklahoma following an investigative report that likened the organization’s practices ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 10/16, Monday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) MT to See $40M in Workers’ Comp Dividends “Montana’s state-mandated workers’ compensation insurance fund announced Tuesday that it is returning a record $40 ...

Five Things to Catch Up On: 10/15, Weekend Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA: San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges (FRIDAY) As reported previously here and here on WorkersCompensation.com, San ...

2018 Florida Legislative Proposal on Limiting Opioids

The Florida Legislature will at least debate drug abuse, overdose and addiction in 2018, the "Opioid Crisis." The news broke last week with the filing of House Bill 21 (HB 21).  Anyone that has ever browsed this ...

Judicial Commenting

It is a recurrent theme, Judges and social media. A recent post suggested the Nancy Reagan approach ("just say no") for judges. While there certainly are some safe topics for judges to discuss, there are also some that might best be left alone. And, ...

The Sleuthing Judge FINAL

In Florida, Judges are governed by the Code of Judicial Conduct. This specifically applies to the Florida Judges of Compensation Claims, not because we are part of the judicial branch (we are not), but because the very statute that establishes this ...

The Game-Changer for the Opioid Epidemic

If you’ve watched or read the news during the last year, you’re probably aware of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. As drugs like fentanyl have spread across the nation, fatality rates have exploded, with ...

Fraud on Everyone

A reader recently emailed me a link to a news story about fraud. It came without explanation or context, just a link. Perhaps it was inspired by an August Post on "Real" Fraud. But, that story was on my mind when a second fraud story hit the daily ...

Kansas Business Owners See Workers Compensation Insurance Rate Decrease Again

Topeka, KS (WorkersCompensation.com) - Many Kansas business owners will pay less for workers compensation insurance again in 2018, the fourth consecutive year for a Kansas decrease, Ken ...

Ohio Employers Receive $993,000 in Workplace Safety Grants

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Forty Ohio employers will share $993,094 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or ...

Ohio BWC Awards $406,000 in Grants to Protect Firefighters

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Thirty-eight Ohio fire departments will share $406,270 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) under a new program to reduce firefighters' ...

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Donates $10,000 to Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund

Towson, MD (WorkersCompensation.com) - Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company recently donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army to help the organization bring relief to the ...

Settlement Of Worker Fatality Action Against Salinas-Based "Growers Street"

Monterey, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced today that his office resolved a worker fatality action against Salinas-based ...

It Is Time to Re-Educate Our Industry Regarding the Grand Bargain

I honestly did not know what to expect, yet I was somewhat shocked by the results. And it is making me rethink much about our current educational strategies. I’ve had the tremendous fortune over the last few ...

Paying for Those Pesky Mommy Issues

Last week, during a presentation at the annual conference of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), there was some spirited discussion between the panel and attendees. The session, “The Mind is ...

Bob's Eight Immutable Laws of Air Travel

As many of you know, from time to time I wander from the dusty realm of workers’ compensation topics in order to offer opinions and insight (what I believe to be insight, anyway) on important (at least important to me) topics of the ...

Viewing Your Injured Worker As a Whole, Or Viewing Your Injured Worker As a Hole

I am encouraged that, more and more, I am hearing the impact of bio psychosocial issues on workers’ compensation being discussed at conferences I attend around the nation. My visit to the 103rd ...

I Suppose I Should Explain the Sign

We had the inaugural episode of The Hot Seat Webinar this last Friday (replay available here). I am not going to say much about it other than it appears to have been a tremendous success. I believe David Langham will be writing about it in short ...

Communication and Resolution Programs: Where are We Now?

In recent years, some innovative healthcare leaders and organizations have developed and implemented formal communication and resolution programs (CRPs) that, when combined with advances in patient safety, exemplify fairness ...

2018 Social Security Changes - COLA Increases

The Social Security Administration has announced based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2016 through the third quarter of 2017, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries ...

Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects EEOC Position that a Long-Term Leave of Absence Can Constitute a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

The EEOC has provided guidance that in its view a fairly long leave of absence should be considered a reasonable accommodation even after FMLA leave ...

Being Proactive is Key for Workplace Safety

“I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster.” — Captain Edward Smith in 1907 You might recognize this as a quote from the captain of the RMS ...

The Security of Payments

At the 2017 NetDiligence® Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, a panel discussed efforts to keep payments secure. The panel included: Bobbie Goldie - Senior Vice President North American Cyber, Chubb David Herron - Executive Vice President and Chief ...

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Five Things You Need to Know: 10/17, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) KS: Another State to See a Comp Rate Decrease Next Year  “…The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) filing for the 2018 workers’ ...

It Is Time to Re-Educate Our Industry Regarding the Grand Bargain

I honestly did not know what to expect, yet I was somewhat shocked by the results. And it is making me rethink much about our current educational strategies. I’ve had the tremendous fortune over the last ...

AR: Fallout from CAAIR Reports? 'Too Early to Tell'

Little Rock, AR (WorkersCompensation.com) – It’s too early to tell what the fallout will be for a drug treatment program in Oklahoma following an investigative report that likened the organization’s ...

Paradigm Outcomes Sees Big Changes

Walnut Creek, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Paradigm Outcomes today announced the appointment of John Watts Jr. to the Chief Executive Officer position. Watts will lead the strategic expansion of the nation’s leading provider of ...

CSB Releases New Safety Video into 2016 ExxonMobil Fire at Baton Rouge Refinery

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) -  October 16, 2017 - Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released an eight minute safety video entitled “Fire in Baton Rouge” ...

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Featured Authors

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A "Quick Pulse" Poll

ProPublica and NPR co-published an article recently critical of a Florida law that is resulting in the deportation of injured workers' who falsify documents and use fake social security numbers for employment purposes. This has prompted a few questions for the current Pulse Poll. Tell us your opinion here in our Pulse Poll!

Here you can find the results of previous Pulse Polls.

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