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Workers' Compensation News

Maximum Benefits Increasing 2.7% on Jan. 1 11/16/2015
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 475 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Maximum weekly benefits for total disability and permanent partial disability in Arkansas will both increase 2.7% in 2016, tied to an increase in the state's average weekly wage, the Workers' Compensation Commissi...Read More
ICA Says Employers Can't Avoid Fee Awards by 'Piggybacking' Issues 11/16/2015
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 961 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Hawaii's Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled that an employer can raise a challenge to a finding by the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations before the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board without becoming a cross-appellant, but that it cannot avoid liability for an award of att...Read More
Court Clarifies Preclusive Effect of Out-of-State Comp Rulings 11/16/2015
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 365 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a worker was not barred from filing a comp claim in Louisiana even though a comp tribunal in North Dakota had already rejected a claim for the same accident that had been filed on the worker's behalf in North Dakota. Case: Richard v. Quality Cons...Read More

Judge Orders Arbitration in Instacart Case 11/16/2015
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 550 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Shoppers and delivery drivers for Instacart will have to pursue claims they were illegally misclassified as independent contractors through arbitration, a federal judge ruled. ...Read More

ICA Publishes Formal Rulemaking Proposal for Treatment Authorization Process 11/16/2015
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 1666 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
Employers could pay anywhere from $325 to $700 for utilization review under a rulemaking proposal from the Industrial Commission of Arizona to implement a 2012 bill requiring it to adopt state-specific evidence-based treatment guidelines. ...Read More
Board Announces Series of Rules Changes 11/16/2015
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 511 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has announced a series of proposed rules changes involving stipulations, use of the new electronic medical portal, funeral expenses and board reviews. In June, the board posted notice of its plans to propose new rules to implement recomme...Read More
SAIF Board to Set Plans for 2016 at November Meeting 11/16/2015
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 231 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Members of the board of directors for Oregon's SAIF Corp. will finalize plans for next year and review third-quarter financial data from the current year when they meet Nov. 18 in Salem. Board members will have the opportunity to approve the 2016 strategic plan laying out core goals a...Read More
Fire Chief and Woman who Cashed Dead Mother's Check Plead Guilty to Fraud 11/16/2015
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 403 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Six individuals have pleaded guilty to defrauding the Ohio's workers' compensation system. The court actions ranged from a fire chief who fraudulently collected over $20,000, a woman who cashed her dead mother's check and a man who told an elaborate tale of being injured but w...Read More
Guaranty Association to Hold Public Meetings 11/16/2015
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 346 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Florida workers' compensation oversight body has announced a number of public meetings to be held in December. The Florida Workers' Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association is to hold its annual board meeting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Airport Hotel in Orlando....Read More
Police Officer Admits Theft of Hundreds of Thousands in Pension Scam 11/16/2015
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 1558 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A former New Jersey police officer, who collected hundreds of thousands in disability pension payments while working full time in law enforcement in Georgia, has pleaded guilty to theft. ...Read More
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