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Formulary Bill Falls Three Votes Short in House 02/08/2018
State: PA | Segment: Top | 549 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 39 min read
Advocates for employers and insurers vowed to spend the next month wooing three Republican votes after a bill that would mandate adoption of a drug formulary failed in a 98-98 vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. ...Read More

First Responders Claim Constitutional Right to Benefits 02/06/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1224 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
First responders who are suing two cities and their third-party administrators for allegedly conspiring to delay and deny claims say California’s workers’ compensation laws create a constitutional right to benefits that is not contingent upon a final determination of compensability....Read More

Framing Contractor Cited for Lack of Fall Protection 02/06/2018
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 178 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A framing contractor in Auburn has been cited for allegedly failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights of more than 11 feet. ...Read More

Formulary Bills Under Consideration in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Massachusetts 02/05/2018
State: NA | Segment: Top | 603 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 263 min read
A proposal to create a workers’ compensation drug formulary is moving along in the Indiana State House, one of four state legislatures to consider such a bill so far this year. ...Read More

Four Shareholders Named at Capehart Scatchard 02/05/2018
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 215 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
New Jersey law firm Capehart Scatchard has admitted four new shareholders, including three attorneys in the workers’ compensation department. ...Read More
Fees Enacted for Disputed Cases 02/01/2018
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 193 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 127 min read
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration has posted notice that as of Jan. 20, it charges fees as part of court costs in disputed cases. Fees that are not pre-paid must be paid upon dismissal of a case, final judgment in the docket number or on demand by the clerk. ...Read More

Fire Departments Awarded Grants to Buy Protective Equipment 01/31/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 148 | 0
Thirty-nine Ohio fire departments will share nearly $377,000 in grants from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation under a new program that aims to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxins. ...Read More

Falling Rates Possible Indicator of Soft Market Cycle 01/30/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1276 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 160 min read
California carriers on average reduced their filed pure premium rates by more than 5% in 2017, and employers saw a bigger decline in the average amount they paid for workers’ compensation coverage. ...Read More

Few Small Businesses Have Comp Coverage, Survey Finds 01/30/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 453 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
Only about one in six small-business owners in a recent survey said they have workers’ compensation coverage, a trend that some say may be due to lack of awareness of the importance of the coverage or a belief that it will cost too much. ...Read More

Feds Ask to Merge Restitution Hearings in Pacific Hospital Cases 01/26/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 987 | 1 | Popular with Legal | 89 min read
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to schedule concurrent restitution hearings for Michael D. Drobot, his son and a former chief financial officer who oversaw the spinal surgery kickback scheme at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach alleged to have bilked California workers’ compensatio...Read More
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