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DIR Rejects Claims of Rampant Gender Discrimination 07/08/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2082 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker rejected claims that gender discrimination is rampant in California’s workers’ compensation system and said a lawsuit alleging widespread bias against women could be part of an effort to undo successful reforms. ...Read More

State Fund Ordered to Pay Attorney Fees of $4.4M in Accident Help Line Case 07/08/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2701 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 39 min read
A federal judge who dismissed California State Compensation Insurance Fund’s civil racketeering complaint against the Accident Help Line clinics ordered the carrier to pay $4.4 million in attorney fees to the clinic's owner. ...Read More

OSHA's Maximum Penalties Going Up 78% on Aug. 1 07/08/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 646 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 80 min read
Just as the federal government is poised to increase maximum penalties for workplace safety violations by 78%, a workers’ rights organization has released a report that criticizes the government practice of negotiating with employers to decrease penalty amounts. ...Read More
Court Rejects Premises Liability Claim by Widow of Rock Star-Turned-Security Guard 07/08/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: TN | Segment: Top | 3120 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
A Tennessee appellate court last week ruled that an apartment owner had no duty to protect its security guard from the possibility of harm from the criminal actions of intruders on the property. Although a property owner generally has an obligation to provide independent contractors with ...Read More

The First State Continues to Struggle With Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costs 07/08/2016
State: DE | Segment: Top | 885 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 102 min read
The first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, Delaware, takes pride in its moniker of “The First State.” And when it comes to rising workers’ compensation costs, Delaware also ranks near the nation’s top. ...Read More

Court Upholds Sanctions and Finding That Worker Was Vexatious Litigant 07/08/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 720 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that a worker who has been litigating his entitlement to benefits for more than 16 years was properly declared a vexatious litigant and subjected to sanctions for pursuing his latest meritless appeal of the denial of his claim. ...Read More
WCRIBMA President Paul Meagher Dies at 64 of Heart Attack 07/08/2016
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 1655 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The president of the Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts died unexpectedly this weekend, the Boston-based bureau announced. Paul Meagher, 64, of Sudbury, died of a heart attack Saturday while vacationing with his family in Maine. Meagher worked ...Read More

Auto Parts Maker's Failure to Guard Machines Yields $75,000 OSHA Fine 07/08/2016
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 1147 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 17 min read
A Kansas City auto parts plant didn't guard machines, monitor noise or label chemicals on the factory floor, leading to a federal inspection that yielded a $75,000 fine, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Kansas City area office announced. ...Read More

Opioid Prescribing Rate Falls in Q2, Analysis Finds 07/08/2016
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 1897 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The percentage of patients receiving opioid prescriptions fell more quickly in Massachusetts than in the nation as a whole in the first half of 2016, according to data from Athenahealth. ...Read More

Judge Upholds OSHA Fine of $250K, Calling Contractor's Testimony 'Selectively Vague' 07/08/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 2021 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 29 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration upheld a $250,000 fine against a contractor who worked on a Manhattan hotel, not buying the contractor's argument that managers didn't know they were subjecting workers to fall hazards. ...Read More
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