Workers' Compensation News
General Contractors Must Cover Subcontractors, Regardless of Exempt Status
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The Supreme Court of Mississippi ruled that Mississippi Section 71-3-7 requires general contractors to purchase workers' compensation coverage for the employees of subcontractors, even if the subcontractors are exempt from a requirement to hold workers' compensation coverage themselves.&n...
Gov. Edwards Appoints Marc Zimmermann to WCAC
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Marc Zimmermann, a psychologist from Prairieville, to the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council as the Louisiana Psychological Association representative.
Gov. Scott Signs Bill on Large-Deductible Policies
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Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that adopts the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' recommendations on large-deductible workers' compensation policies.
Goldberg Segalla Appoints Partner in Buffalo
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The Goldberg Segalla law firm announced Wednesday that it has appointed Christina M. Hassler as a partner with the firm’s workers’ compensation practice group in Buffalo, New York.
Governor Signs Mental-Mental, PTSD Compensability Bill
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Following Gov. Phil Scott's signature on Senate Bill 56 last week, Vermont law will soon be more accommodating to employees filing workers' compensation claims for work-related mental ailments.
Governor Signs Legislation Aimed at Aiding First Responders
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law at least 13 workers’ compensation measures, including four aimed at helping first responders, and five bills authored by Democrats.
Goldberg Segalla Adds Partner, 2 Associates in Comp Practice
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH |
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The Goldberg Segalla law firm has brought attorney Joseph C. Tarpine III in as partner, and hired associates Meridith L. Pendergrass and Jason L. Heller for its workers’ compensation practice group in Baltimore, according to ...
Governor Signs Bill Exempting TNC Drivers From Comp
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed into law a bill declaring drivers for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft are independent contractors and not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
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Today's Round Up
GA - Inadequate Fall Protection Leads to Citations Against Contractor
Equipping construction workers with fall-prevention harnesses, but allegedly not tying off the harnesses to arrest a fall, has led to federal citations against an Alabama-based subcontractor.
Structural Subcontractors Service LLC was issued citations last week for one willful and two serious safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The citations carry proposed penalties of $102,669.
OSHA launched an inspection of the business on July 7 as part of the agency’s regional emphasis program to limit falls in construction. OSHA compliance safety a.
PA - Contractor Faces $191K Fine for Scaffold Hazards
The owner of a New Jersey construction company has been cited for exposing workers to alleged hazards at a Philadelphia job site, including allowing employees to work on a scaffold that was too close to power lines.
The owner, Vyacheslav Leshko, faces $191,215 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA last month issued citations to Leshko for eight repeat and two serious violations.
Responding to a complaint of unsafe working conditions, OSHA inspectors in March found employees performing masonry and bricklaying while on a scaffold that was dange.
AK - Contractor Drops Appeal of Fine for Fatal Accident
A contractor agreed to pay $280,000 in penalties for safety violations that resulted in the death of a worker, and an additional $12,500 for misclassifying the worker as an independent contractor.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Mark Welty, operating as North Country Services, dropped his appeal of the $280,000 citation issued in February. He accepted the violations as “willful,” meaning he acted with indifference toward the health and safety of his employees, the department said in a statement.
Nicholson Tinker, 24, died Sept. 30, 2016, when a retai.
NATL. - Alliant Names New SVP/Pharmacy Practice Lead
Alliant Employee Benefits named Sal Morana senior vice president and pharmacy practice lead for hospitals and health systems as part of its expanding pharmacy consulting practice.
The company said Morana was a senior consultant in the national pharmacy practice of a global advisory and brokerage firm that Alliant didn’t identify in a statement released Monday. He had also had leadership positions in pharmacy divisions of other companies in the health care industry, according to Alliant.
Morana earned a doctorate degree in pharmacology and toxicology from Dartmouth Medical.
KS - Judge Orders State to Refund Money Swept Out of Work Comp Fund
A Kansas county judge has ordered the state to repay a little more than $3 million that it swept out of its Workers’ Compensation Fee Fund and other funds financed by user fees to balance the state budget during the height of the recession in 2009, the Lawrence Journal-World reported Wednesday.
Shawnee County Judge Franklin Theis issued the order late last month in response to a lawsuit brought by several group self-insurance pools. Former Speaker of the House Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson attorney, represented the plaintiffs in the suit, according to the newspaper..
CA - Psychiatrist Facing Suspension Files Constitutional Challenge in Federal Court
CA - CAAA Takes Swing at Governor Over Veto of Apportionment Bill
CA - DWC Suspends 3 More Providers From Comp System
CA - Supreme Court Won't Disturb Decisions on Skin Condition, Travel Injury
CA - DWC Sends Suspension Notice to Embattled Marketer
CA - Last Round of Briefs Filed Ahead of Hearing on Lien Stay Injunction
CA - Four Deputies at Las Vegas Shooting File Comp Claims
NATL. - Research Links Job Stress With Work Injuries
FL - Ex-JCC Castiello Says Nominating Commission Followed Improper Rules
CA - Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Small Business Rep on State Fund Board
Oct 18-19, 2017
AWCC 2017 Educational Conferen
Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission 33rd Annual Educational Conference
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Oct 18-19, 2017
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CSIAâ€™s 2017 Fall Confer
CSIAâ€™s Fall Educational Conference will be held on October 19, 2017 at the Walnut Creek Mar …