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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 ...

Nuclear Workers Still Face Problems with Health Coverage

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Nearly two decades ago, the federal government passed legislation to cover any medical expenses incurred by employees working in the country’s nuclear weapons facilities. And nearly ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/21, Wednesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) MI: Nude Dancers Agree to Million-Dollar Settlement Approved by Federal Court A class action wage-and-hour settlement on behalf of almost 30,000 nude dancers for 64 ...

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 ...

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 ...

MedRisk Adds Telerehabilitation to its Managed Physical Medicine Offering for Workers' Comp

King of Prussia, PA (WorkersCompensation.com) MedRisk is integrating telerehabilitation into its Platinum Grade Program for managed physical medicine services for injured workers. The ...

Central New York Woman Charged With Workers' Compensation And Welfare Fraud

Abany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced today the arrest of a City of Auburn resident on charges she defrauded the ...

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: ...

From the CD Files: Workers' Compensation Should Be Called Workers' Recovery

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: ...

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 ...

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, ...

Waving in Class Action Waivers?

  Later this year, the Supreme Court of the United States will address the enforceability of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements inErnst & Young LLP v. Morris. The Supreme Court’s ...

ANNOUNCEMENT

  ANNOUNCEMENTBy Kevin L. Connors, EsquireIt is with both congratulations and regrets that we announce that Kate O’Dell, a Partner in our firm, and Co-Chair of our Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, has elected to trade the ...

6 Minimum Expectations For Employer Involvement in Workers’ Comp

We all know it is the employer’s responsibility to purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage and to report a claim to the claims office when an accident occurs. Unfortunately, way too many employers ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Central New York Woman Charged With Workers' Compensation And Welfare Fraud

Abany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced today the arrest of a City of Auburn resident on charges she defrauded the ...

Technology Advancements in Claims Handling

At the 2017 America's Claims Event, a session discussed how technology advancements are enhancing customer service and claims handling. The speaker was Jeff Saye, Global Practice Leader for P&C Insurance Claims with ...

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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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John Gerboth worked for many years as a workers' compensation attorney in Ohio. Since relocating to Connecticut, he has taken to "blawging" about various legal topics. He's also a husband, a father and a huge fan of the New ...

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