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Poultry Plant Faces $209K in OSHA Fines 01/29/2018
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 77 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 46 min read
A poultry processing company in Gainesville, Georgia, has been issued federal citations for more than a dozen safety violations, including exposing workers to amputation hazards by allegedly failing to provide machine guarding. ...Read More

Pallet Manufacturer Cited for Inadequate Machine Guards, Other Violations 01/29/2018
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 63 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 1 min read
An Illinois pallet manufacturer faces $91,832 in proposed penalties after federal work-safety inspectors found two violations at its New Lenox facility that they had seen before, plus nine new violations, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced l...Read More

Package of Bills Resurrect Proposals for IMEs, Disputed Claims 01/25/2018
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 129 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
Hawaii lawmakers this year will debate a package of bills that would state providers performing independent medical examinations owe the same duty of care to the injured worker as they would a traditional patient, allow workers and employers to mutually agree on a provider to perform an IME, and ...Read More

Purchaser in Corporate Buyout Can Escape Contractual Liability for Comp Claims 01/22/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: DE | Segment: SOUTH | 124 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
A federal appellate court ruled that a corporation that bought out a paper company was not liable for the company's active workers’ compensation claims. ...Read More

Proposed Opioid Guidelines Published; Public Hearing Set 01/18/2018
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 174 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1079 min read
The Industrial Commission on Tuesday published its proposed opioid-prescribing guidelines in the state Register and will hold a public hearing on March 2. ...Read More

PTSD Presumption Bill Clears Second Committee Hurdle 01/17/2018
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 158 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee voted 8-0 on Tuesday to favorably report a bill that would compensate first responders for lost wages for mental injuries without corresponding physical injuries, commonly called “mental-mental” claims. ...Read More

Panel Rejects Untimely Challenge to Cutoff Date for PTD Benefits 01/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 185 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 1 min read
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel ruled that an employer could not challenge an award of benefits to a worker who was injured in 1999.  ...Read More

Proposed Rule Would Drop Pension Discount Rate to 6.1% 01/11/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 148 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries will hold a public hearing Jan. 23 on a proposal to drop the rate used to discount reserves for permanent disability pensions, to 6.1%. ...Read More

Prosecutors to Seek $10M in Personal Proceeds From Michael D. Drobot 01/10/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 758 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Federal prosecutors will seek to compel former Pacific Hospital of Long Beach owner Michael D. Drobot to forfeit $10 million in personal proceeds allegedly tied to his kickback scheme at his sentencing hearing this week, ...Read More

Potential for Federal Intervention Shouldn't Be Forgotten, Speaker Warns 01/10/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 329 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 453 min read
Federal standards for workers’ comp systems are unlikely under the Trump administration, but that makes it a good time for the industry to address state-to-state differences in benefits, according to Mark Walls of Safety National. ...Read More
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