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Homeowner Qualified as Tree Trimmer's Employer but Had No Tort Liability for Worker's Fall 06/13/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 753 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 43 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a homeowner was not liable to a worker he had hired to trim trees on his property as a matter of law, even though the worker qualified as his employee. ...Read More

2nd DCA Rejects Worker's Claims for Wrongful Termination, IIED 06/13/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 618 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a genetic counselor failed to establish a viable claim against her former employer for unlawful termination and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. ...Read More

Report Challenges Conventional Thinking on Reporting Lag, Claim Costs 06/13/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 484 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
Despite evidence that a delay in reporting a workplace injury of more than 12 days is associated with higher claim costs, focusing solely on reducing reporting lag times may not be the most effective strategy for containing costs, according to a new report from Lockton. ...Read More

Lobbyist on Trial for Allegedly Bribing Official on WC Claims Management Contract 06/13/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: KY | Segment: Top | 216 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
A jailed state official is set to testify today against a lobbyist who, prosecutors say, spent thousands of dollars in bribes to win a claims management contract for Kentucky state government's public-employee workers' compensation program. ...Read More

Government Employee Collecting Pension Benefits Can't Also Get Full Comp PTD Amount 06/13/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 124 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
A divided Maryland Court of Special Appeals last month ruled that state transit authority employee was not entitled to retain his full workers’ compensation benefits and full disability pension benefits for the same injury. ...Read More

Dickerson Steps in as Acting Labor Secretary 06/13/2018
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 105 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday appointed David Dickerson as acting secretary of the state Labor Cabinet, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Worker Claims. ...Read More
Commission Buys Office Building for $20.4 Million 06/13/2018
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 83 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 22 min read
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is paying $20.4 million to buy a downtown Richmond office building that it has been leasing since last year. The commission bought the building at 333 E. Franklin St. from Hourigan Development, which purchased it for $13 million last yea...Read More

New Opioid Drug Designed to Treat Back Pain Without Producing High 06/13/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 237 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
A San Francisco-based drug company has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval of a new opioid that it says treats back pain without causing euphoria, thereby decreasing the chance of abuse. ...Read More
Comp Renewal Rates Decrease a Little Less, Ivans Finds 06/13/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 100 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
Workers’ comp renewal rates were down 2.71% last month, a smaller decrease than the 2.93% drop seen in April, according to Ivans, an insurance industry exchange. The Ivans Index for May found that rates for most standard commercial lines are trending positively, except commercial au...Read More

Employer's Waiver of 'Kotecki' Defense Doesn't Waive Comp Lien 06/13/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 117 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 15 min read
The Illinois Appellate Court ruled that an employer’s waiver of its affirmative defense to limit its liability for an injury sustained by an employee did not also constitute a waiver of its statutory workers’ compensation lien. ...Read More
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