CA - Mileage Reimbursement Increasing to 54.5 Cents
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The California Workers’ Compensation Institute said the reimbursement rate for injured workers who have to travel for medical treatment will increase to 54.5 cents per mile in 2018, from 53.5 cents.
The Labor Code requires claims administrators to reimburse injured workers for travel at the standard mileage rate adopted by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS on Thursday announced that the standard mileage rate would increase to 54.5 cents at the start of the new year.
Mileage reimbursement for injured workers is based on the date of travel, not the date of injury. Claims administrato.
CA - Cal-OSHA Cites Three Contractors for Oakland Structure Collapse
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined three contractors $147,315 for safety violations following the collapse of a temporary mold and vertical shoring that sent 13 workers to the hospital.
Workers at an Oakland construction site were pouring concrete into elevated formwork in May when the support system collapsed. They 20 feet into freshly poured concrete, reinforced steel, timber framework, tools and equipment.
The workplace safety agency commonly known as Cal-OSHA said its investigation found the formwork and vertical shoring system were not properly des.
WV - Fired Governor's Aide Named to Appeals Board
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Gov. Jim Justice has appointed his fired chief of staff to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, a three-member panel that hears appeals of comp claims.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Nick Casey will replace W. Jack Stevens as a Democratic member of the board and will be paid nearly $104,000.
Justice fired Casey on Aug. 14, 11 days after he announced at a President Donald Trump rally that he was switching his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
After initially saying he would not make significant changes to his leadership team following the swi.
CA - DWC Updates Ambulance Fee Schedule
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The Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order incorporating changes made by Medicare into the ambulance services section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule for 2018.
For services rendered on or after Jan. 1, the maximum reasonable fee for ambulance services shall not exceed 120% of the applicable California fees established in the 2018 Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule File, the DWC said.
The order signed Tuesday by Administrative Director George Parisotto incorporates Medicare’s ambulance fees into the OMFS by reference.
Parisotto’s order also notes that the U.S. .
WA - L&I Proposing Crystalline Silica Exposure Rules
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The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is proposing to adopt a standard addressing respirable crystalline silica exposure in the workplace to ensure its occupational safety requirements are at least as effective as those promulgated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
L&I said OSHA adopted crystalline silica exposure limits in June 2016. The state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health did not have a standard specifically addressing exposure limits.
The department, therefore, is proposing to combine OSHA’s rules into a chapte.