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Employer Entitled to Summary Judgment on Claim of Discrimination, Retaliation 07/03/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 77 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
An Ohio appellate court ruled that an employer was entitled to summary judgment dismissing a worker’s claims for discrimination and retaliation, since it was undisputed that his employment ended because of his refusal to accept a light-duty position. ...Read More

Substantial Evidence Supported Reversal of PTD Award for Back Injury 07/03/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 78 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a worker was not entitled to benefits for her disability following a back injury. Case:...Read More

LMAC Discussing Legislation to Create State OSHA Plan July 12 07/03/2018
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 75 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Montana’s Labor Management Advisory Council will discuss possible 2019 legislation for a state workplace safety plan. ...Read More

Link to Website Constitutes Proper 'Written Notice' of Health Care Network Procedures 07/03/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 148 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that an employer satisfies the statutory requirement that it provide workers with written notice of the procedures to obtain care within its health care network by providing a link to a website with a list of doctors authorized to provide treatment. ...Read More

L&I Drafting Rules to Drop Pension Discount Rate, to 4.5% 07/03/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 75 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is drafting rules to bring its pension discount rate in line with actuarial recommendations while setting a separate rate for self-insured employers to try to ...Read More

Attorneys Request Rehearing on Constitutionality of Statutory Mandate to Use AMA Guides 07/03/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 114 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A group of Oklahoma claimants’ attorneys are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision upholding the constitutionality of a statutory requirement for the use of the sixth edition of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment to det...Read More
Insurance Defense Lawyer Forrester Named to WC Commission 07/03/2018
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 87 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
Longtime workers' compensation defense attorney James Forrester began his first day on the job Monday as the newest member of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission. He was appointed last month by Republican Gov. Lawrence Hogan.  Forrester, now one of nine commiss...Read More

Keystone State Releases New Medical Fee Schedule 07/03/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 173 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 129 min read
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has released its 2018 medical fee schedule, which includes an increase corresponding to a 3% rise in the average weekly wage in the state, the department announced this week. ...Read More
New Practitioner Fee Schedule Now Available 07/03/2018
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 142 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 136 min read
The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission has announced the publication of the 2018 fee schedule for practitioners.  The actual fee schedule is available through Optum360 for a fee. It includes revisions and clarification of some rules, and the new 2018 current procedural ...Read More

Judge Requests More Guidance on Pacific Hospital Restitution 07/02/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1111 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 95 min read
SANTA ANA, California — U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton said on Friday that she really wants to issue a restitution order in the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach case, but she doesn’t know whether she can. ...Read More
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