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Exclusivity Didn't Bar Father's Emotional Distress Claim from Witnessing Death of Son 02/16/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WY | Segment: WEST | 431 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the exclusive remedy provision of the workers' compensation act did not bar a claim for the negligent infliction of emotional distress by a father who witnessed the death of his son while both were working for a mutual employer. Case:...Read More

Court Says Worker Can't Get Penalty, Employer Can't Admit Surveillance Video 02/16/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 374 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that a state employee was not entitled to an enhanced award of benefits as a penalty for her employer's alleged failure to protect her from being subjected to sexual harassment, and that her employer was not able to use surveillance footage of her acti...Read More

Employer Failed to Prove Worker's Pre-Existing Conditions Were Hinderance to Employment 02/16/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 382 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker with several pre-existing health conditions did not suffer from any condition that substantially hindered her employability to the point that her employer's comp carrier could obtain reimbursement from the Special Disability Fund for the benefits...Read More
Publisher of Official Disability Guidelines Secures Federal Contract 02/16/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 1098 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Work Loss Date Institute LLC has bagged a contract with the federal government that will give federal agencies access to its Official Disability Guidelines product. The General Services Administration schedule contract makes George West of WLDI a pre-approved merchant and gives the f...Read More

Workers' Comp Reform Debate Heats Up in New York 02/12/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 2633 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Pro-worker advocates are speaking out loudly in New York State against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s workers’ compensation reform package, which is folded into the governor’s proposed 2016-17 state budget. ...Read More

MLAC Opposition Could Leave Little for Lawmakers to do on Comp 02/12/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 1400 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The panel that advises the Oregon legislature on workers' compensation issues is unanimously opposed to a bill that would require injured workers be notified of their right to choose a medical provider and exclude paid sick time from the definition of payroll. ...Read More

Comp Commission to Hear Argument on Whether ERISA Applies to Opt-Out Plans 02/12/2016
State: OK | Segment: Top | 934 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In exactly one week, the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission will hear oral argument on where jurisdiction lays for appeals of claim denials under an employer's alternative benefit plan. ...Read More

Bill Proposes Giving DWC Authority to Penalize Uninsured Employers 02/12/2016
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 1131 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Alaska Division of Workers' Compensation, rather than the Workers' Compensation Board, would be allowed to assess penalties against uninsured employers that fail to abide stop-work orders and businesses that misclassify workers as independent contractors under a bill introduced in the...Read More
House Passes Bill to Bar Workers Fired for Misconduct from Collecting TD 02/12/2016
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 1828 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit workers fired for misconduct after returning from an injury from going back on temporary disability or using modifiers to increase their permanent disability benefits. Lawmakers on Feb. 9 voted 36-27 to pass ...Read More
Coventry's Medical Director to Join ACOEM Board 02/12/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 1340 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Dr. Melissa Bean, medical director at Coventry, has been elected to the board of directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ACOEM will install Bean and other new board members during its annual membership meeting on April 12. The remainder of the board m...Read More
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