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Roofer Ordered to Pay $119K Restitution 09/06/2006
State: CA | Segment: Top | 125 | 0
The owner of a San Diego-area roofing company was ordered to pay $119,000 in restitution to the California State Compensation Insurance Fund as part of the sentencing in a workers' compensation insurance fraud case, State Fund announced Tuesday. Arturo Cuevas, 43, owner of Cuevas Roofing ...Read More
Revised Rules Cover Blasting, Formaldehyde, Ammonia 09/05/2006
State: WA | Segment: Regulatory | 324 | 0
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced rewritten and reorganized safety standards relating to abrasive blasting, formaldehyde and anhydrous ammonia effective Sept. 1. The general industry requirements relating to abrasive blasting have been repealed from Cha...Read More
Remedy for U.S. Senator's Plane Crash Confined to Comp 08/31/2006
State: MN | Segment: Courts | 77 | 0
Workers' compensation is the sole remedy for the survivors of the co-pilot who died when a plane carrying Sen. Paul Wellstone and family crashed in 2002, the Minnesota appellate court ruled this week. Ironically, the court relied on another high-profile death case -- involving the late Mi...Read More
Repeal of Ohio Reforms Will Require a 'No' Vote 08/28/2006
State: OH | Segment: Politics | 62 | 0
The Ohio Ballot Board last week approved the language of a referendum backed by labor groups seeking to repeal legislative reforms to the state's workers' compensation system. The ballot board approved language that instruct voters to check "no" if they want to prevent the bills passed by t...Read More
Regulator Reverses Position, Orders Refunds From Computer Glitch 08/25/2006
State: SC | Segment: Top | 237 | 0
South Carolina Insurance Department Director Eleanor Kitzman reversed a previous decision and ordered refunds covering the 2003, 2004 and 2005 policy years to employers who were overcharged because of a National Council on Compensation Insurance computer glitch. Kitzman said in a press rele...Read More
Regulators Approve Five More WC Networks 08/24/2006
State: TX | Segment: Top | 141 | 0
The Texas Department of Insurance certified five more workers' compensation health care networks and additional approvals are expected to announced within a few days, the agency said Wednesday. The new networks are First Health Texas HCN, Bethesda, Md.; First Health/St. Paul Travelers, Down...Read More
Registration Begins for Oct. 18 WC Seminar 08/24/2006
State: ID | Segment: Events | 209 | 0
The Idaho Industrial Commission (IIC) announced registration has begun for the 2006 annual workers' compensation seminar Oct. 18 at Boise Centre on the Grove in Boise. Dr. David Chenoweth and consultant Richard Pimentel will be the keynote speakers.Chenoweth will speak on the impact...Read More
Rating Schedule and Predesignation Bills Moving 08/23/2006
State: CA | Segment: Top | 196 | 0
California Senate President Don Perata has found a new vehicle for legislation he promised to "fix" the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule, although sources in the Capitol say California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has privately told legislative leaders that he will veto the measure. In an...Read More
Ruling Calls Fla. Insurance Office Rules Into Question 08/18/2006
State: FL | Segment: Top | 118 | 0
A Florida appeals court ruled this week that the state's Office of Insurance Regulation improperly attempted to impose new rate-making rules in property and casualty cases, a decision that insurers say could bring into question the validity of any rules adopted by the agency since 2003. T...Read More
Ruling: Claimant Must Prove Being Further Disabled 08/17/2006
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 223 | 0
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that when it has already been determined that the employee is partially disabled, that employee bears the burden of proving a further disability and establishing inability to perform even the modified work previously approved. In Rivera v. W...Read More
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