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Calif. 4th: Non-economic Damages Not Apportionable 05/30/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 448 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Fourth Appellate District of California, in a workers' compensation subrogation-related action, ruled that an intentional tortfeasor is not entitled to apporionment of non-economic damages under Prop 51.In Thomas v. Duggins Construction Company, (05/25/06 - No. D044470) electrical...Read More
Court: Clear Dismissal Required to Retire 05/30/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 806 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Supreme Court of California Thursday ruled that a county employee who fails to return to work following a work injury, but was not formally dismissed, retained the protections of Government Code 31725 and was not entitled to disability retirement.In Stephens v. County of Tulare, (...Read More
Court Forces Review of Dispute Procedures 05/30/2006
State: MO | Segment: Courts | 64 | 0
The Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation reported it is in the process of "reviewing and revising its forms and regulations" based upon a recent court opinion regarding the handling of medical fee dispute applications. The opinion was handed down on May 9 by the Western District Court...Read More
Couriers Under Scrutiny for Driver Contracts 05/30/2006
State: NA | Segment: Politics | 152 | 0
The courier industry in several states is under the spotlight for the way that it classifies drivers as independent contractors, and nowhere is the glare on its labor practice any brighter than in California. The California Employment Development Department has audited 225 courier compan...Read More
Court: Lack of Dismissal Does Not Toll S/L 05/26/2006
State: AR | Segment: Courts | 372 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Arkansas Court of Appeals, Division IV ruled that a claim for additional TTD benefits was barred by the statute of limitations even though a hearing on a prior claim for benefits was not formally dismissed by the Commission. In Barnes v. Fort Smith Public Schools, (CA05-1317, 05...Read More
Court Rules for Cold Dispatcher 05/26/2006
State: NY | Segment: Safety | 96 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported a former dispatcher for Student Bus Service of Brooklyn who was fired for complaining about working in cold temperatures inside an office trailer during 20-degree weather has been paid $7,000 in back wages as the result of a consent judgment...Read More
CSB Completes Refinery Fire Assessment 05/25/2006
State: LA | Segment: Safety | 160 | 0
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) completed their two-day assessment of the May 20 fire at the Valero St. Charles refinery in Norco and announced no further CSB investigation of the incident is planned. A 12-inch overhead pipe ruptured in the Louisiana refinery's disti...Read More
Covenant Selects MPV to Track Billings 05/25/2006
State: TX | Segment: Business | 108 | 0
Medical Present Value (MPV) said Wednesday that Lubbock, Texas-based Covenant Medical Group has selected MPV Phynance to monitor reimbursement, improve payor contract management and increase revenue. MPV helps medical groups achieve accurate reimbursement through a combination of consultat...Read More
CWCI Raises Objections to Return-to-Work Regs 05/24/2006
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 218 | 0
The California Workers' Compensation Institute on Tuesday took issue with several technical provisions of return-to-work regulations that are entering the final phase of rule making. The state Division of Workers' Compensation proposed the regulations last December to give clear instruction...Read More
Chamber Takes Another Tack to Defeat Rate Increase 05/24/2006
State: SC | Segment: Politics | 55 | 0
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is taking another stab at thwarting a proposed workers' comp rate hike, this time pointing to insurers' declining loss ratios as evidence that the whopping 32.9% increased proposed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance is unjustified...Read More
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