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Court Revives Ousted SAIF CEO's Lawsuit Against Predecessor 09/09/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 623 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
John Plotkin, the former chief executive officer of SAIF Corp. who was fired for allegedly making inappropriate comments, has another shot at winning an award from the woman he says orchestrated his ouster: Predecessor Brenda Rocklin. ...Read More

PEOs Ask State to Regulate Them by Requiring Registration 09/09/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: MA | Segment: Top | 742 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
It’s not every day that a special-interest group goes to a legislature and asks to be regulated, says Massachusetts state Rep. John Scibak. But that’s what a national trade group for PEOs did. ...Read More

Employer Can't Proceed With Payment Dispute Until Administrative Remedies Are Exhausted 09/09/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 1152 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that an employer's contest to a hospital's demand for payment was properly dismissed as premature since the hospital had already submitted the billing dispute for administrative review. ...Read More

Court Upholds 40% Increase in Worker's Disability Rating 09/09/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 573 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 196 min read
The Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Workers' Compensation Commission to bump up a worker's disability rating by 40% to account for her lost earning capacity from a back injury. ...Read More

Police Claim Man Lied About Work Injury Trying to Get Opioids 09/09/2016
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 957 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
A Montana man is facing felony charges for allegedly telling hospital staff that he suffered a workplace injury in a failed attempt to get a prescription for oxycodone, according to a report by the ...Read More
MLAC Preparing for 2017 Legislative Session 09/09/2016
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 482 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
Oregon’s Management-Labor Advisory Committee will start preparing for the upcoming legislative session by reviewing a proposal that would modify minimum and maximum permanent disability benefits, during a Sept. 28 meeting. Proposed changes to permanent total disability benefits...Read More

Doctor Need Not Use 'Magic Words' for Opinion to Serve as Basis for PTD Finding 09/09/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 479 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A doctor does not need to make a conclusory statement that a worker was permanently and totally disabled for the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission to rely on the doctor's opinion and find that the worker is entitled to permanent and total disability benefits. ...Read More

Insurers Group Objects to New Safe Patient-Handling Rules 09/09/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 849 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
The American Insurance Association said Thursday it has “serious concerns” with new rules relating to safe patient-handling practices in New York. ...Read More
Statewide Average Weekly Wage up 3.74%, Fee Schedule Updated to Include Medicare RVUs 09/09/2016
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 952 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 37 min read
Minnesota's statewide average weekly wage will increase 3.74% — the largest increase since 2008 — on Oct. 1, the state Department of Labor and Industry announced. The department is also updating its fee schedule on Oct. 1 to incorporate Medicare relative value un...Read More

Investigators Go High Tech to Pursue Fraud Cases 09/09/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 731 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
The Texas Department of Insurance’s Fraud Unit has a new case-management system that is speeding the processing of fraud reports and reducing paperwork, the agency says. ...Read More
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