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Five Things You Need to Know: 3/29, Wednesday Edition

1) Iowa State Rep. Writes In His Approval of House File 518   Iowa State Rep. Peter Cownie has written in his approval of House File 518 or the "workers' comp bill" as its been coined. He wrote for The Des ...

Iowa Bill on Gov. Branstad's Desk to Seal the Deal?!

Des Moines, IA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The fierce fight to pass an Iowa bill that will reduce workers’ compensation benefits to workers is almost over. With a 29-21 vote on Monday, Iowa House Bill 518, the ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 3/28, Tuesday Edition

1) OH Company Recognized for Safety Performance  AK Steel, a steel company out of West Chester, OH, has been recognized for outstanding safety performance by the OH Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Division of Safety and ...

Fact or Fiction: IL Policy Institute Reports Potential WC Costs to Taxpayers at $1B

Springfield, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Policy analysts in the Prairie State calculate taxpayers will bear $1 billion due to workers' compensation costs.     The Illinois Policy ...

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 ...

Florida District Court: Beneficiaries Should Not Rely upon Estimated Conditional Payment Amounts

In a decision out of the Southern District of Florida, Shapiro v. Secretary of HHS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42278 (March 23, 2017), the District Court affirmed a final decision ...

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 ...

FL Agency Took Licensure Action Against Nine Providers, 25 Additional Providers Suspended or Terminated from the Medicaid Program

Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) issued final orders to six providers for ...

Associated Industries of Florida: HB 1107 is a Solution to Restoring Stable, Self-executing & Affordable Workers' Compensation System

Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement ...

Jury Finds Against 'Citizens of Humanity'

Los Angeles, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of a disabled, minimum wage worker deemed wrongfully terminated by high-end jeans manufacturer, 'Citizens of ...

ME AG Announces New Public Education TV Ad Combating Opioids

Augusta, ME (WorkersCompensation.com) - Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced today a new television ad warning of the link between prescription painkillers and heroin addiction. The ad is the ...

Safety Stand-Down Events Put the Brakes on Injuries at Georgia Road Sites

Atlanta, GA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia, local government organizations and employers are partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor's ...

When The Colon Weighs Heavy on Your Heart

Personally, I blame the Oxford Comma. Rather, I blame the Oxford Comma, and Judge David Langham for his extensive analysis of this little thought about punctuation practice. Judge Langham wrote a rather extensive review of a legal case ...

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 ...

The Psychosocial Buzz Is Getting Louder

“We know the single greatest roadblock to timely work injury recovery and controlling claim costs. And it’s not overpriced care, or doubtful medical provider quality, or even litigation. It is the negative impact of personal expectations, ...

Attacking the Opioid Crisis: Setting the Stage

The vastness of the opioid crisis is all around us. The impact of the opioid epidemic can be felt across all states and confronts us no matter where you look. Let’s look at some key factors: 259 ...

8 Ways to Prepare For The Next Healthcare Reform

The great healthcare debate in Washington, D.C., left many in our industry wondering what the ultimate impact would be on the workers’ comp system.  While the proposed republican bill has failed to pass, employers and payers ...

That's Not My Employee

The 2004 Shrek 2 brought a great many comedic moments to the screen. One that sticks with me involves Puss-in-Boots being arrested and searched. A package of catnip is uncovered, and Boots is quick to assure the gendarmes "that's not mine." ...

5 Strategies to Avoid Mega Problems in Large Deductible Policies

Large deductible insurance policies can be a tremendous advantage for employers. Significant cost savings and increased control over expenses and safety are among the benefits for companies that are aptly ...

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Chicago, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Home Depot could be liable for a manager’s murder, then rape, of a pregnant employee after the retailer failed to take action on multiple sexual harassment complaints against ...

New Hires Shouldn't Mean New Injuries

Columbia, MO (WorkersCompensation.com) - You hire new employees with the intent to maintain or increase your production and profitability, and not to increase your workplace injuries. Unfortunately, safety in the workplace is ...

Iowa Bill on Gov. Branstad's Desk to Seal the Deal?!

Des Moines, IA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The fierce fight to pass an Iowa bill that will reduce workers’ compensation benefits to workers is almost over. With a 29-21 vote on Monday, Iowa House Bill 518, ...

That's Not My Employee

The 2004 Shrek 2 brought a great many comedic moments to the screen. One that sticks with me involves Puss-in-Boots being arrested and searched. A package of catnip is uncovered, and Boots is quick to assure the gendarmes "that's not ...

CA Staffing Firm Found Responsible in Warehouse Carbon Monoxide Exposure Incident that Sent Workers to Hospital

Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Cal/OSHA has announced that citations issued to staffing firm Barrett Business Services following a September 28, ...

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