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Five Things You Need to Know: 10/19, Thursday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) PA: Is HB 1840 a ‘Protz Workers’ Compensation Fix?’ A new workers’ comp bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives as of ...

Undocumented, and Unprotected? In AZ, a Worker’s Status is (Usually) 'Not Relevant' After a Claim is Filed

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an ...

NATIONAL: Gig Economy Embraces Older Workers Over Millennials

Palo Alto, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A new study on the gig economy shows that companies are more likely to hire older workers as contract labor than millennials, and that older workers are the driving force behind ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 10/18, Wednesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) FL: Public Hearing on Comp Rates to Take Place Oct. 18 “The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the National Council on ...

Comp and Cannabis: Will SQ 788 Be Enough to Legalize Medicinal Marijuana in OK?

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means ...

Rousmaniere: Injured Worker Blues

What can we conjecture about the experience of American workers with the work injury risks they endure? After reading a flock of reports, one has the sense that about one out of every five injured workers has had a bad experience, either due to ...

Big Opioid Pharma = Big Tobacco?

Have you noticed that Big Opioid Pharma (BOP), manufacturers & distributors of prescription opioids, are under attack? I have. In fact, I've written about it for awhile. Read "Suing Big Opioid Pharma - The Next Big Thing?" on 3/13/17, "780,069,272 pain ...

North Carolina Practice of Law

In a surprise to many, the North Carolina Industrial Commission has begun advising that only licensed medical doctors will be allowed to perform surgery on injured workers there. There was significant dismay expressed that the Commission would begin ...

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, ...

Video Series Examines Highway Worker Safety Research

Washington, DC – The Transportation Research Board recently published a series of videos highlighting a National Cooperative Highway Research Program analysis of highway worker safety. Oregon State University ...

O.C. Deputies File Comp Claims for Vegas Shooting

Sacramento, CA - The Orange County Register reports that four Orange County sheriff’s deputies have filed workers compensation claims against the county for physical and psychological injuries they say they ...

CA Governor Brown Announced Appointment to DWC

Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - George Parisotto, 57, of Oakland, has been appointed administrative director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation at the California Department of Industrial Relations, ...

Bill To Bar Undocumented Workers From Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits Introduced In Ohio

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - On October 11, 2017 State Representatives Bill Seitz and Larry Householder introduced a bill to the Ohio legislature that ...

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 ...

CHSWC and the QME System

CHSWC will be receiving an October 2017 report on the workers’ comp QME system. The report, to be delivered to the commission at its October 19 meeting in Oakland, is authored by Frank Neuhauser of UC Berkeley and has been posted online on the CHSWC. The ...

Ametros to Offer Full-Time Benefits Advisory Team

Wilmingon, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Ametros now has a full-service benefits advisory team for settlements, cases, and members involving preservation of federal, state and local benefits. Ametros can help injured parties, ...

Swing . . . and a Miss: Constitutional Challenge to Attorney Fee Statute

In Bandy v. Murray American Energy, Inc., No. 16-1165 (W. Va. October 18, 2017), the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals addressed Mr. Bandy's constitutional challenge to ...

Poor Workers’ Comp Claims Handling Costs You Money

Each year you receive your bill for the next workers compensation policy year, and for many of companies, each year the bill is higher than the previous year. As you think about your work comp claims, you realize the claims ...

PCI Reinsurance Panel

At the 2017 PCI Annual Meeting, a panel discussed the state of the global reinsurance market and what to expect in 2018. The panel included: Stan Galanski - President and CEO, The Navigators Group, Inc. Eric Anderson - CEO, AON Benfield James Kent - ...

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CA Governor Brown Announced Appointment to DWC

Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - George Parisotto, 57, of Oakland, has been appointed administrative director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation at the California Department of Industrial Relations, ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 10/19, Thursday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) PA: Is HB 1840 a ‘Protz Workers’ Compensation Fix?’ A new workers’ comp bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives ...

O.C. Deputies File Comp Claims for Vegas Shooting

Sacramento, CA - The Orange County Register reports that four Orange County sheriff’s deputies have filed workers compensation claims against the county for physical and psychological injuries they say they ...

Undocumented, and Unprotected? In AZ, a Worker’s Status is (Usually) 'Not Relevant' After a Claim is Filed

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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