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Reservation of Rights Presumed Under Contract Law 01/18/2007
State: IL | Segment: Courts | 167 | 0
An employer is not required to include an affirmative reservation of rights in a settlement agreement when there is nothing in the agreement to suggest an intent to waive the right to a lien under section 5(b), an Illinois 2nd District Appellate Court decided. The court ruled in Harde...Read More
Restitution, Community Control Ordered in Fraud Case 01/17/2007
State: OH | Segment: Fraud | 76 | 0
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation reported a New Lexington man pleaded guilty to defrauding the bureau and was sentenced to pay restitution and serve five years community control. The bureau announced that the Franklin County Common Pleas Court convicted Allen Beougher of a fifth-deg...Read More
Report: BP Missed Big Picture on Safety 01/17/2007
State: TX | Segment: Safety | 694 | 0
A report by an independent panel led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III concluded British oil company BP failed to emphasize process safety at its U.S. refinery operations prior to a 2005 explosion at its Texas City facility which killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others....Read More
Reopening of Case Tolls Claims Limitation 01/15/2007
State: NY | Segment: Courts | 247 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 104-week limitation on claims from the Special Disability Fund does not apply to a case that has been closed without a finding of permanent disability and then reopened, the New York Court of Appeals ruled. Its finding applies even when the closure occurs more than 104 weeks after the ...Read More
Report Cites Activities for Injured Workers 01/15/2007
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 155 | 0
The Office of Injured Employee Counsel reported assisting 6,343 injured workers in benefit review conference and 1,993 injured workers in contested case hearings from March through December of last year. The office issued a report on its accomplishments in 2006, including filing of its fir...Read More
Refunds for NCCI Loss-Cost Glitch Top $12M 01/12/2007
State: AK | Segment: Top | 223 | 0
Alaska regulators said Thursday they have tallied nearly $400,000 in refunds stemming from a computer glitch at the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), pushing the total due nationwide to $12 million. "We still have a few small carriers that we need to get back with, but w...Read More
Report: Fatigue Experienced by 38% of Workers 01/12/2007
State: NA | Segment: Medicine | 341 | 0 | Popular with Medical
Nearly 40% of U.S. workers experience fatigue, a problem that carries billions of dollars in costs from lost productivity, according to a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medici...Read More
Revised WC Relativities Effective March 1 01/12/2007
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 107 | 0
Texas Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin issued a bulletin setting workers' compensation classification relativities effective March 1. The relativity numbers are used in ratemaking and are updated annually by the Texas Department of Insurance, spokesman Jerry Hagins explained. ...Read More
Reform Sponsor Thinks Legal Fight May Be Over 01/11/2007
State: MO | Segment: Top | 115 | 0
The Missouri state legislator who sponsored the 2005 reform bill said Wednesday he'd be surprised if organized labor appeals a judge's finding this week that the workers' compensation overhaul is constitutional. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Byron Kinder issued his ruling Tuesday, and ...Read More
Report Shows Increase in Electronic Filing 01/10/2007
State: KS | Segment: Top | 140 | 0 | Popular with Medical
The Kansas Division of Workers' Compensation reported use of its electronic data interchange (EDI) system has exceeded expectations and resulted in approximately one-third of all original accident reports being filed electronically in fiscal year 2006. The division's annual statistical re...Read More
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