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Officer Injured While Returning From Training Event Gets Benefits 09/27/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 486 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that a police officer was entitled to benefits for his injuries in a motorcycle accident while traveling home from a training event on what had been scheduled to be his day off. ...Read More
Oct. 2 Is Last Day to Register for State Bar's Work Comp Legal Specialist Exam 09/21/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 566 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The last day to register for the state bar's legal specialist examination for the workers' compensation field is Oct. 2. Registration costs $350. The laptop software ...Read More

Obama-Era Regulation Adds Worker Protections to Opt-Out Plans 09/18/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 597 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employees at workers’ comp non-subscriber companies — and potentially those covered by future opt-out plans — will have additional benefit protections under an Obama-era regulation scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. ...Read More

Observers See Significant Changes in Last Expected Revision to Formulary Rules 09/13/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1996 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Observers say the California Division of Workers’ Compensation made important — if not major — changes to its proposed formulary regulations for what is expected to be the last public comment period before agency formally adopts the rules. ...Read More

OIEC Names Liaison to Help First Responders Navigate Comp System 09/07/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 324 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Office of Injured Employee Counsel has appointed a first responders’ liaison to assist fire, police and emergency workers with their workers’ compensation claims. ...Read More

Office Drafting Bulletin to Bar Mandatory Genetic Testing of Claimants 09/05/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 432 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Louisiana has become the latest state to grapple with the role of pharmacogenetic testing in workers' compensation claims.  After learning...Read More

OSHA Looks Into Extending Deadline for Employers to Meet Crane Safety Standards 09/01/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 536 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The federal work safety agency is looking into giving crane operators an extra year to meet the qualifications set out in a standard adopted in 2010. ...Read More

Occupational Illnesses Decreasing but Remain High 08/31/2017
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 304 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
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. ...Read More

OSHA Rule Prohibits Unreasonable Injury Reporting Requirements 08/29/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 524 | 0 | Popular with Legal
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. ...Read More

ODG Makes Agreement in Australia 08/29/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 340 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Icare NSW, the largest workers’ compensation insurance company in Australia, has entered into an agreement to use the Official Disability Guidelines, or ODG. ...Read More
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