NATL. - Virgin Islands' Workers' Comp $12 Million Behind on Medical Bills
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Budget cuts and staffing shortfalls have left the Virgin Islands Department of Labor owing more than $12 million to workers' compensation medical providers, department officials told legislative panel this week.
Even if the department had more staff, it still does not have the money to settle its payables, commissioner nominee Averil George said. The workers’ compensation premiums that companies pay the department have not kept pace with benefits costs, according to a report in the St. John Source news site.
Legislator Kurt Vialet (D-STX) said until statutes are ame...
CA - Tribe Amends Work Comp Provisions in Gaming Compact
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The Karuk Tribe signed an amended gaming compact with California Gov. Jerry Brown that updated the workers’ compensation requirements for employees at the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, according to a report by the Times-Standard.
The amended compact requires the tribe to consent to the jurisdiction of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Alternatively, the tribe could create its own workers’ compensation system providing similar coverage.
Any comp system the tribe creates would have to provide up to $10,000 of medical treatment for an alleged injury until the claim is acce...