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Workers' Compensation News


Requirement to Provide Email Address for Claim Documents Takes Effect 03/03/2021
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 135 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 123 min read
The North Carolina Industrial Commission, in a notice posted to its website, said that effective March 1, all carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers are required to provide an email address that is used to r...Read More

House Passes Bill to Add People Working Through DHS Programs to Definition of Employee 03/03/2021
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 81 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 35 min read
People who provide services for programs administered by the state Department of Human Services would no longer be excluded from the definition of “employee,” under a bill the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed. ...Read More

Lawsuit Says Governor Is Shielding Comp Official Accused of Bullying, Harassment 03/03/2021
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 144 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 9 min read
A lawsuit filed Friday claims New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office ordered state departments to withhold record requests to shield a workers’ compensation official who has a history of bullying and harassing employees, according to a ...Read More

Grand Jury Brings More Charges Against Men Accused of Defrauding Comp Carrier 03/03/2021
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 108 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 13 min read
A federal grand jury in Massachusetts handed down more charges against two men already accused of committing employment tax and mail fraud, according to the Department of Justice.  ...Read More

Stakeholders, Industry Watchers Say New MLFS Unlikely to Fix Med-Legal Issues 03/02/2021
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 755 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 79 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation’s final Medical-Legal Fee Schedule proposal may represent a step forward, but it’s not as big a step as many had hoped for, some stakeholders and indus...Read More

Court Finds City Retaliated Against Injured Firefighter Who Misused Leave 03/02/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 448 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 37 min read
A California appellate court upheld an administrative determination that a municipal employer retaliated against a firefighter for engaging in protected union activities but that he had also misused his leave time. ...Read More

Bill Would Prohibit Using Positive THC Test in Employment Decisions 03/02/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 434 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 52 min read
California employers would be prohibited from making certain employment decisions based on the fact that a person tested positive for the psychoactive component in cannabis. ...Read More

San Diego-Based Insurer Adds New VP to Executive Staff 03/02/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 380 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 155 min read
ICW Group Insurance Cos. in San Diego says it has named a new vice president of product and pricing. ...Read More

Independent Intervening Cause Principle Inapplicable if Employee Suffers Only Increase in Pain 03/02/2021
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 105 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 20 min read
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel ruled that if a worker’s activity results in an increase in pain but there is no new injury or aggravation of a prior compensable injury, the independent intervening cause principle is not applicable to...Read More

Injured Nurse Gets Coverage for Neck Surgery, Penalty Against Employer 03/02/2021
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 85 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 238 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that an injured nurse was entitled to an award of benefits for a neck surgery that was related to her on-the-job injury, and to an award of penalties based on her employer’s termination of benefits without reasonable cause. ...Read More
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