Workers' Compensation News
Occupational Illnesses Decreasing but Remain High
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The rate of occupational illness in Connecticut dropped about 9% from 2013-15 but remained 5.6% above the national rate, according to a new report by University of Connecticut researchers.
OSHA Rule Prohibits Unreasonable Injury Reporting Requirements
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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Some employers are eliminating post-accident drug testing for workers, while others are re-examining policies that require workplace injuries to be reported “immediately” — steps that could discourage injury reporting and violate a recent federal rule.
ODG Makes Agreement in Australia
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Icare NSW, the largest workers’ compensation insurance company in Australia, has entered into an agreement to use the Official Disability Guidelines, or ODG.
OSHA Fines Paperboard Mill $357,445 for 61 Violations
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A New York paperboard mill faces $357,445 in penalties for exposing workers to 61 safety and health hazards, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Wednesday.
OSHA Updates Online Whistleblower Complaint Form
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a revised online whistleblower complaint form to help workers file retaliation complaints with the appropriate agency.
Opioid Task Force Meeting Today
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The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force is holding its sixth meeting today in Raleigh.
The commission formed the task force in February to identify solutions for problems of workers’ compensation claimants abusing opioids. Members of the task force have been...
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NV - WCS Schedules Basic Orientation Training
The Nevada Workers’ Compensation Section is holding basic orientation training sessions on Oct. 25.
The classes cover basic regulatory processes for the state’s workers’ compensation system, including a description of the forms needed when a workplace injury or occupational disease occurs.
Training will be held at the agency’s office, 1301 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 200, in Henderson. Training will be available via video conference at the Division of Industrial Relations building, 400 W. King St., in Carson City.
The first class is at 9:30 a.m. and the second is .
CA - DWC Posts Draft Benefit Notice Rules to Forum
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted proposed revisions to rules pertaining to notice requirements for denied claims to its online forum for public comment.
Senate Bill 1160 requires the DWC to adopt rules by Jan. 1, 2018, to provide workers with notice that they can access medical treatment outside the work comp system when a claim is denied. The proposed revision will add to benefit notices a statement saying, “Although your claim has been denied, if you believe that you still need medical treatment for your injury or illness, you have the right to obtain trea.
CA - Anne Schmitz Named WCAB Secretary
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board named Anne Schmitz as its secretary, effective immediately.
Schmitz, a deputy commissioner, served as acting secretary since Aug. 31. She is taking over the position on a permanent basis to replace Richard Newman, secretary and deputy commissioner, who is retiring.
Schmitz joined the Department of Industrial Relations as an attorney in 2010.
Newman joined the WCAB in 2016 after Rick Dietrich retired. Before taking over as secretary, Newman had served as chief judge of the Division of Workers’ Compensation since September 2011.
OH - Woman Ordered to Pay Restitution for Spending Dead Boyfriend's Benefit Funds
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The boyfriend died, but the workers’ comp checks kept coming.
Because 58-year-old Suzette Hedrick of Toledo, Ohio, cashed the checks, she has a choice of reimbursing the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $18,576 or serve 10 months in prison, the BWC said in a press release Friday. A Lucas County judge on Oct. 5 sentenced Hendrik to five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a fifth-degree felony, the bureau said.
Hendrick’s boyfriend, whom the bureau did not identify, was receiving permanent total disability benefits until his death on Oct. 3, .
TX - Imprisoned Doctors' Luxury Cars, Diamond-Covered Rolexes Up for Auction
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The federal government is auctioning off 21 luxury cars seized from two doctors who are serving long prison sentences for running a pill mill in Mobile, Alabama.
Gold jewelry and a series of Rolex watches covered in diamonds will also be auctioned Saturday at the Hilton Austin Airport, KSAT-TV 12 reports.
The items were seized from John Patrick Couch and Xiulu Ruan, who became rich from selling instant-release fentanyl drugs off-label for neck, back and joint pain. The highly addictive opioid, produced by a company called Subsys, was approved only to trea.
CA - CAAA Takes Swing at Governor Over Veto of Apportionment Bill
CA - Court Affirms Dismissal of Disbarred Work Comp Attorney's Distress Claim
CA - Number of QMEs Falls as Panel Requests Increase
CA - Four Deputies at Las Vegas Shooting File Comp Claims
CA - Limited Injunction to Apply Only to Liens Not Listed on DWC Website
NY - Activists Protest Proposed WCB Changes to Impairment Rating Method
CA - Judge Postpones Sentencing of Drobot Jr. Until February
CA - QME Report Examines Impact of Suspended Providers, Med-Legal Agents
CA - Decision Says Claims Had Preclusive Effect on Discrimination Suit
PA - Republican Senators Seek to Introduce Formulary Bill
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