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Governor Approves Debit Card, Safety Work Bills 09/25/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 52 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law bills allowing carriers to use debit cards to pay workers’ compensation benefits, and giving cities and counties the option of providing benefits for police officers injured while outside the state. ...Read More

Exclusive Remedy Bars Civil Suit for Allegedly Wrongful Delay in Treatment 09/25/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 37 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
A federal trial court judge last week issued a tentative decision to dismiss a family’s second effort at suing a workers’ compensation insurance carrier and claims adjuster for wrongfully delaying treatment to an injured worker, resulting in her death. ...Read More

Hand and Foot Bill Amended, But No Vote Taken After Hearing 09/25/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 15 | 0
Insurance industry representatives on Monday said a bill to improve benefits for serious hand and foot injuries would cost $20 million a year and would have “a profound impact on the system.” ...Read More

Labor and Industry Names General Counsel, Ombudsman Lead 09/25/2018
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 24 | 0
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry announced two promotions in the latest edition of its newsletter: Jessica Stimac to director of department’s Office of General Counsel, and Pam Carlson as lead of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Ombudsman.   ...Read More

Fall Hazards Cost Contractor $146K in Penalties 09/25/2018
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 21 | 0
Fall hazards at a Bridgeport job site brought $146,554 in penalties against a contractor that had been cited for similar safety problems three times in the past eight years. ...Read More
Division Announces 2.7% Increase in Maximum Benefit Rate 09/25/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 30 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that the maximum workers’ compensation benefit will increase, by 2.7%, to $938 for dates of injury from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019. The maximum rate is set at the state average weekly wage, rounded to the nearest dollar....Read More

Attorney Gees Fee for Efforts to Reopen Terminated Benefits 09/25/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 16 | 0
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that a worker’s attorney was entitled to assert a lien on the medical benefits she had secured, despite contrary language in her fee agreement and that benefits had terminated. ...Read More

Worker Fatality Brings $30K in Fines Against Country Club 09/25/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 17 | 0
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club for failing to protect workers from rollover hazards after a worker was killed when the lawnmower he operating tipped over. ...Read More

Educational Conference Scheduled for Nov. 16 09/25/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 18 | 0
The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents announced that registration has opened for the 10th Annual Workers’ Compensation Law Conference, to be held in Boston on Nov. 16. ...Read More

Report: OSHA Needs to Get Serious About Deterring Employer Underreporting 09/25/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 49 | 0
Past studies have shown that employers fail to report half of severe workplace injuries, but the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not employed consistent enforcement and practices to deter underreporting and ensure that hazards are abated, according to ...Read More
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