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Hartwig Ponders Potential Impact of Shutdown on Worker Safety

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – More than 800,000 federal employees are working without pay during the government shutdown. And that financial insecurity may or may not endanger the workers and their ...

5 Things to Know Wednesday 1/16 Edition

Welcome to another Hump day. Here are some of the latest items affecting the industry. Protect the Workplace from the Flu Flu season is in full swing. While this year’s severity is not as bad as last year’s, it’s still bad ...

Second Mining Death of 2019 Kills Surveyor

Bell County, KY (WorikersCompensation.com) – A Tennessee surveyor is dead after a coal mining accident in an eastern Kentucky. A spokesman for the Kentucky Energy and Environment cabinet said Jeffrey Norma Sloan, 56, of Clinton, Tenn., ...

Workers' Compensation Legal Experts, Strategists Heading to Florida

"Using technology to facilitate return-to-work is a hot topic," said Elizabeth Smith. "I’m seeing many creative ways for the toughest cases." Smith, an attorney with Verrill Dana, L.L.P., in Portland, Me., ...

5 Things to Know Tuesday 1/15 Edition

Happy Tuesday. Here are a plethora of news items happening around the country to help you start your day. New England Governor Bows to Surrounding Pot Pressures As the workers’ compensation industry grapples with the issue of medical ...

Dissing Daubert?

In 2016, I penned To D or not to D? That It appears is the Question. The evolution of constraints on evidence in Florida legal proceedings has been an interesting one. It has come to the fore again recently with consideration of the Florida Supreme Court's ...

Empty Preemption of Workers' Compensation: Parallels Between the Hanford Nuclear Facility and Air Ambulance Disputes

I am interested in conflicts between federal and state law in the context of workers’ compensation. And I am especially interested in a phenomenon I have ...

CMS’ Updated WCMSA Reference Guide Emphasizes Importance of Satisfying MSP Obligations

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a revised Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) reference guide, which we first alerted our ...

Could (Would) I Write you a Recommendation Letter?

A unanimous Florida Supreme Court decided Inquiry Concerning a Judge NO. 18-108 RE: Deborah White LaBora on November 15, 2018. It is worthy of consideration. Worthy, because the basic topic, letters of recommendation, ...

Rousmaniere: Where will injuries occur in 2022?

Workforce growth in the United States is barely 1% a year. Work injury frequency continues to decline. Where can an insurer or TPA look to find any growth in business that is not by taking it away from others?  There are, in ...

DWC Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Departments / Ambulatory Surgical Centers

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted adjustments to the Hospital Outpatient Departments and ...

Five Major Industries See Double-Digit Jump in Positive Drug Tests, Analysis Shows

Secaucus, NJ — The rate of positive drug tests rose by double digits in five of 16 major U.S. workforce industry sectors from 2015 to 2017, according to a recent analysis by lab ...

Oversight Committee Launches Sweeping Drug Price Investigation

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) -  Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, launched one of the most wide-ranging investigations in decades into the ...

SFM Foundation Launches Dynamic New Website

Bloomington, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - The SFM Foundation released an enhanced version of its website today. The new site offers a fresh design featuring photos of scholarship recipients and their families, and ...

Engagement in Well-being Programs Strongly Linked to Greater Employee Loyalty, According to Optum Study

Eden Prairie, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - Employees who actively participate in employer-sponsored health and wellness programs are much more likely to be proud ...

When Your Employee is Arrested for Assault with a Dead Chicken

First, we should unequivocally state that the incident discussed here did not occur at a Waffle House. That little bit of information alone should be enough to make the risk management team at that august 24-hour a day ...

Doctor, Respect Thy Patient's Time

In most businesses, routine tardiness and delay is not accepted or expected. Unfortunately, in the medical world, the opposite is often the case. We not only tolerate delays and late appointments when dealing with medical professionals; we ...

Wanted: 80 Hour a Week Part Time Assistant for Egotistical Twit

No, I’m not looking for an assistant. This story is about some other egotistical twit. Actually, it is about someone who sounds like an egomaniacal dumbass; one who needs an assistant to do his actual job. Perhaps ...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Fined for Failure to Provide Workers' Comp

You know, “fighting for the people” should mean protecting them on the job. But it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes you need to know the nuanced requirements of the ...

When Tech Collides and Robots Die: The Video

I am supposed to be at CES in Las Vegas this week. Colloquially known as the “Consumer Electronics Show,” CES is the largest technology exposition and conference in the world. Last year 189,000 people swarmed sessions and ...

Regulatory Roundup: 01.11.19

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) OSHA still operating in spite of shutdownAlthough ...

Alabama Supreme Court Addresses Intervenor Rights When Third Party Lawsuit is Dismissed Against Plaintiff

On January 4, 2019, the Alabama Supreme Court released its opinion in Ace American Insurance Company v. Rouse’s Enterprises, LLC d/b/a ...

Triennial Recalculation Issue Decided in Favor of Respondents and 2nd Injury Fund

The Honorable Joshua Friedman decided an issue this month that has been pending for several years regarding calculation of the Social Security Disability offsets in ...

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When Your Employee is Arrested for Assault with a Dead Chicken

First, we should unequivocally state that the incident discussed here did not occur at a Waffle House. That little bit of information alone should be enough to make the risk management team at that august 24-hour ...

Hartwig Ponders Potential Impact of Shutdown on Worker Safety

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – More than 800,000 federal employees are working without pay during the government shutdown. And that financial insecurity may or may not endanger the workers and their ...

Five Major Industries See Double-Digit Jump in Positive Drug Tests, Analysis Shows

Secaucus, NJ — The rate of positive drug tests rose by double digits in five of 16 major U.S. workforce industry sectors from 2015 to 2017, according to a recent analysis by lab ...

Research Shows Value of Wearable Technology in Reducing Workplace Injuries

Park Ridge, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Foundation released a fatigue research report that shows the value of wearable technology in the ...

5 Things to Know Wednesday 1/16 Edition

Welcome to another Hump day. Here are some of the latest items affecting the industry. Protect the Workplace from the Flu Flu season is in full swing. While this year’s severity is not as bad as last year’s, it’s ...

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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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Chriss Swaney

Chriss Swaney is a freelance reporter who has written for Antique Trader Magazine, Reuters, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, the Burlington Free Press, UPI, The Tribune-Review and the Daily Record.

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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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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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Toni Sutton

Toni Sutton is a freelance writer from Brooklyn, NY now based in San Diego, CA. She’s been writing for more than 10 years covering topics from business, technology, health, and everything in between. When she’s not hunting for a great story or that ...

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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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Jon Coppelman

Since 1990 Jon Coppelman has trained thousands of business owners from Main Street to Fortune 500 on the fundamentals of workers’ compensation cost control. From 2006 to 2012 he was a principal writer for the Workers’ Comp Insider, LynchRyan’s ...

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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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Bruce Burk

Bruce Burk is an experienced workers' compensation defense attorney located in South Florida. He has also worked in civil litigation and criminal defense, handling more than 40 trials, both jury and non-jury. Burk received his law degree from ...

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F.J. Thomas

F.J. Thomas has worked in healthcare business for more than fifteen years in Tennessee. Her experience as a contract appeals analyst has given her an intimate grasp of the inner workings of both the provider and insurance world. Knowing first hand ...

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Nancy Grover

Nancy Grover is the Director, Media Services for WorkersCompensation.com. She comes to our company with more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist and communications consultant. Grover’s specialties include insurance, workers’ compensation, ...

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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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