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State Senate Confirms Darwin's Reappointment to OIEC 04/12/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 126 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Senate has confirmed Gov. Rick Perry's reappointment of Norman Darwin as public counsel for the Office of Injured Employee Counsel, the agency said.Darwin has been the public counsel since the agency’s inception in 2006. This is his fifth reappointment to the position...Read More
Split High Court Rejects Injured Worker's Retaliation Claim 04/12/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: WV | Segment: EAST | 1056 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided West Virginia high court ruled that an injured worker failed to prove his former employer had refused to rehire him in retaliation for his having filed a workers' compensation claim as a matter of law.Case: Smith v. Apex Pipeline Services, No. 11-1610, ...Read More
Senate, House Split on Hospital Reimbursement Rates 04/11/2013
State: IN | Segment: Top | 294 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By John P. Kamin, ReporterThe latest amendments to a bill that would create Indiana's first hospital fee schedule suggest that the reimbursement rate is still up for debate, as the Senate and House versions of the bil...Read More
Supreme Court Clarifies Carrier's Obligation to Refund Premiums 04/11/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OK | Segment: CENTRAL | 463 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Oklahoma law did not require an insurance carrier to make a pro rata refund of unearned premium after its insured cancelled coverage, the state Supreme Court ruled. Case: W.R. Allison Enterprises v. CompCource Oklahoma, No. 111118, 04/09/2013, published. ...Read More
Split Court Revives Health Aide's Claim for Fall at Client's Home 04/10/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 272 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided Ohio appellate court overturned a grant of summary judgment denying a home health aide's claim for benefits for a fall she suffered while walking from her client's home to her car after completing her job duties at the client's home.Case: Kershn...Read More
Supreme Court Clarifies COE Analysis for Traveling Employees 04/10/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: DE | Segment: EAST | 401 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The terms of a traveling employee's contract with her employer, and not the analytic tools developed by case law, should control the analysis of whether the employee was within the course of her employment at the time of her car accident, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled....Read More
SWCB Shuts Down Well-Known Iron Horse Bar 04/10/2013
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 208 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has shut down a well-known, Hudson, N.Y., bar where actor Paul Newman filmed some scenes for the 1994 movie "Nobody's Fool," the Register-Star newspaper reported Tuesday.The newspaper said the bar was closed Friday after an investiga...Read More
Self-Insurers Advisory Board to Meet on April 15 04/10/2013
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 199 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Self-Insurers Advisory Board announced that it will meet on April 15 at 10:30 a.m.The meeting will be at the Chairman's conference room at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's Chicago office, which is on the 8th floor of 100 W. Randolph St. The board had origin...Read More
Security Company Charged with Fraud for Misclassifying Guards 04/09/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 372 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The owner of a California private security company was charged with insurance fraud and tax evasion for allegedly hiring guards as independent contractors to avoid paying for workers’ compensation coverage, according to media reports.The Monterey County District Attorney’s Of...Read More
Split Panel Upholds Suspension of Benefits to 'Retired' School Aide 04/09/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 589 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided Commonwealth Court panel on Monday ruled that a workers' compensation judge did not err in suspending the payment of weekly compensation benefits to an instructional aide who was receiving pension and Social Security retirement income, even though her employer never formally reque...Read More
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