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Workers' Compensation News


Senate Passes Lump Sum Settlement Bill 02/12/2021
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 176 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 88 min read
The Washington state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would give injured workers eligible to settle their claims the option of receiving a lump sum payment. ...Read More

MLAC to Discuss Amendments to Bills on Claim Reporting, Police and Fire Presumptions 02/12/2021
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 170 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 174 min read
Members of Oregon’s Management-Labor Advisory Committee on Feb. 19 will discuss amendments proposed for two bills — one that would mandate electronic claim filing and another that would apply an occupational disease presumption for some police and fire employees. ...Read More

State's First Woman Comp Commissioner Reappointed for Another Term 02/12/2021
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 161 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 178 min read
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Cassie Brown to another two-year term as workers' compensation commissioner. ...Read More

Law Now Requires, Not Allows, Direct Deposit 02/12/2021
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 567 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 99 min read
Just a few months after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law allowing injured workers to opt for direct deposit of benefits, he has signed another bill requiring the direct electronic payments when requested. ...Read More

First Employer Charged Under Misclassification Law Pleads Guilty 02/12/2021
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 385 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
One of four people charged in the first-ever application of a 2011 Pennsylvania misclassification law has pleaded guilty. Armando Garcia-Ramirez, 55...Read More

COVID Pandemic Worsens Mental Health Challenges Facing Workers' Comp, Researchers Say 02/11/2021
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 685 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 111 min read
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hurdles to treating injured workers’ mental health, and stakeholders will have to rely on new approaches even after the worst of the virus has passed, according to researchers at case management firm Coventry. ...Read More

Union Attorney Warns District That Return to Classrooms Will Mean COVID Comp Claims 02/11/2021
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 232 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 68 min read
Locked in a fight with the state's second-largest school district over a plan to return to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic, Florida teachers have pulled out a new weapon: the threat of increased workers' compensation claims. ...Read More

Worker Can Assert Occupational Disease Claim Based on Aggravation of Conditions 02/11/2021
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 255 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a clerical worker with a history of neck issues and a carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis could still assert a viable occupational disease claim based on aggravation of her preexisting conditions. ...Read More

Board Needs to Explain Change in Parameters for Labor Market Attachment Findings 02/11/2021
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 211 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 28 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the Workers’ Compensation Board needs to explain its decision to deny a reduced earnings award for a worker who involuntarily retired. ...Read More

Home Health Aide Remains in Scope of Employment While Running Errand 02/11/2021
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 239 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 83 min read
A New York appellate court overturned the denial of benefits to a home health attendant who fell while on an errand with her client. ...Read More
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