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MT: New Proposed Bill Could Dissolve State Fund

Helena, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) - Directly after the Montana State Fund announced a five percent decrease in workers' comp rates this week, Senator Eric Moore (R-Miles City) has proposed eliminating the state's largest ...

MT State Fund: Big Sky Country to See Decreases… Again

Helena, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) — Laurence Hubbard, President and CEO of Montana State Fund, said the recent five percent decrease in workers' comp costs and negative rate increase since 2007 is a product of ...

‘The New Face’ of Iowa: Compensation Changes for Workers’ Comp Attorneys

Des Moines, IA (WorkersCompensation.com) - As part of the overhaul of the Iowa workers’ compensation system, the new law changes the way that workers’ compensation attorneys will be compensated. ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 3/24, Friday Edition

1) OH Police Union Rep Turns to Lawmakers for Better PTSD Coverage Mike Weinman with the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio wants to see changes in workers' compensation coverage for first responders. As of now, the Ohio Bureau of ...

Workers' Compensation and Obamacare Repeal

(WorkersCompensation.com) — Of course he tweeted about it. With the repeal of Obamacare hanging on last-minute votes, swapping it from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), President Donald ...

States Looking in Every Corner to Discover Recoveries owed to Medicare and Medicaid

A Complaint has been filed in the State of Utah by its Attorney General to force four of its largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts to comply with civil investigative demands (CIDs) seeking ...

The Oxford Comma in the News

For 175 years my ancestors have resided in a small corner of Lafayette (luh fay et) County, Mississippi. It is a part of the world enamored with Pine Trees, Oxford, and the University of Mississippi. It is known for its ties to John ...

Are Waiting Periods for TTD compensation universal in workers’ compensation?

Despite having addressed waiting and retroactive periods before, I continue to receive questions about the law and policy surrounding them.  The questions usually contain assumptions that waiting and ...

Medical Review and Qualifications

At a conference years ago, I recall Judges and administrators around a large table discussing what they perceived as the challenge of adjudicating medical disputes. Some lamented that they "were not doctors," and described a perceived ...

Rousmaniere: Liberty Mutual Transformed

Dear assembled guests: I have happily looked forward to today, March 1, 2025, when Liberty Mutual sells to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities its corporate quarters on Berkeley Street in Boston. The token price of ...

PA Woman Charged With Mail And Wire Fraud

Harrisburg, PA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Brenda Hilton, age 59, of Windsor, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand ...

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company Promotes Stephen Friedman to Director of Security and Privacy

Towson, MD (WorkersCompensation.com) - Stephen Friedman was recently promoted to Director of Security and Privacy for Towson based Chesapeake Employers’ ...

DWC Hosts Annual Texas Safety Summit

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - Texas employers are invited to join the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Austin for the Texas Safety Summit on May 9-11. The 21st annual workplace safety and health conference offers ...

AK DOL Fines Multiple Employers at Construction Site

Juneau, AK (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued a total of 24 citations between three different companies representing a multi-employer construction site. ...

TX Governor Reappoints Brannan Commissioner Of Workers' Compensation

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Ryan Brannan Commissioner of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for a term to expire ...

Untruthful RIMS Response Should Disturb Risk Managers

I can tolerate many things, but not being misled. When the untruth is blatantly obvious and patently insulting, it tends to really piss me off. And the whopper I received from the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) last ...

Let's All Drink to the Bad Decision

Our industry owes a lot to poor judgement and bad decisions. In fact, we prosper and thrive on them. Think about it for a moment. Most accidents can trace their roots directly back to a bad decision. The employee who thinks they can jump off ...

And Who Covered The Traumatized Raccoon?

It appears another high profile mental trauma case has hit the international stage, only this time, there is a twist. The injured employee in this case is a raccoon. And he was allegedly traumatized by the female breast. A petting zoo in ...

Looking at the Future Through a Glass Half Empty

I’m headed to Phoenix Wednesday, where I will have the honor of being the Keynote speaker at the American Bar Association LEL & TIPS Sections Mid-Winter Conference on Workers’ Compensation. I’ve been to numerous ...

A Lawyer, A Liar and Pants on Fire

I suppose the phrase “liar, liar, pants on fire” could be considered prejudicial in this case, but it is possible that is the way the jury saw it. A Miami lawyer defending his client last week ran into a little trouble with his closing ...

March WCAC Meeting: MTGs Reform Halted, New Draft Second Injury and OWCA Records Forms

The March meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) featured new draft forms for the Second Injury Fund and workers’ compensation claims records, as well as discussion ...

Overcoming with Community

I spent some time last weekend going through some of my older blogposts and read "It's Personal" that I published on June 30, 2015. In it I relate a conversation with a lady on a shuttle bus who lost her 29 year old son to a prescription drug overdose. And someone ...

THE GOING-AND-COMING RULE AND MULTIPLE EMPLOYER WORK SITES - NWCDN New Jersey Member

An employee works regularly in Cherry Hill, N.J. but three or four times a year is required to work at the company’s north Jersey location in ...

PDMP and Opioids in OH

A recent article in the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association caught my eye, Strategies and policies to address the opioid epidemic: A case study of Ohio. The issue is seen having some urgency because it notes "Ohio has the fifth highest rate ...

MAO Recovery & Courts: Aggressively Pursuing Liens

On Wednesday, in the second decision of its kind this month, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida denied in part and granted in part a Motion to Dismiss in a Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) Medicare ...

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Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company Promotes Stephen Friedman to Director of Security and Privacy

Towson, MD (WorkersCompensation.com) - Stephen Friedman was recently promoted to Director of Security and Privacy for Towson based Chesapeake Employers’ ...

PDMP and Opioids in OH

A recent article in the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association caught my eye, Strategies and policies to address the opioid epidemic: A case study of Ohio. The issue is seen having some urgency because it notes "Ohio has the fifth ...

Untruthful RIMS Response Should Disturb Risk Managers

I can tolerate many things, but not being misled. When the untruth is blatantly obvious and patently insulting, it tends to really piss me off. And the whopper I received from the Risk and Insurance Management Society ...

Workers' Compensation and Obamacare Repeal

(WorkersCompensation.com) — Of course he tweeted about it. With the repeal of Obamacare hanging on last-minute votes, swapping it from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), President ...

DWC Hosts Annual Texas Safety Summit

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - Texas employers are invited to join the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Austin for the Texas Safety Summit on May 9-11. The 21st annual workplace safety and health conference offers ...

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