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Stakeholders Want More Responsive Work Comp System 10/14/2010
State: CA | Segment: Top | 378 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
By Greg Griggs, EditorHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Whether Meg Whitman or Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown becomes California’s next governor, it’s important for the incoming administration to listen to stakeholders an...Read More
Study: Misclassification Costing State up to $400M Annually 10/14/2010
State: IN | Segment: Top | 104 | 0
By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau ChiefIndiana governments could gain as much as $400 million a year in tax revenue, and assure more workers are covered by workers’ compensation, by better enforcement of laws against misclass...Read More
Some Adjusters Applying Benefits Change Incorrectly 10/14/2010
State: MN | Segment: CENTRAL | 185 | 0
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry reports the 1.14% reduction to workers' compensation benefits, which  took effect Oct. 1 because of changes to the state average weekly wage, has resulted in errors by some adjusters.Ralph Hapness, compliance supervisor for the Work...Read More
Supporters of Comatose Nurse Target Whitman 10/13/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 361 | 0
Seeking to put pressure on the hospital that refused the workers' compensation claim of a comatose nursing assistant, the California Nurses Association and Injured Women After Reform plan a rally Thursday to criticize Meg Whitman's support of the existing comp system.Whitman, the...Read More
SWCB Announces 2011 Closings 10/13/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 160 | 0 | Popular with Vendor
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board (SWCB) on Tuesday posted a list of its holiday closings for 2011 and included days when the board will be open but law judge hearings will not be held.SWCB identified nine holidays in which all offices will be closed.It also ...Read More
State Lacks Jurisdiction when Contract for Hire Completed Elsewhere 10/13/2010
State: KY | Segment: EAST | 195 | 0
The state of Kentucky lacked jurisdiction over a workers' compensation claim because substantial evidence suggested that the employer and the injured worker completed the contract for hire in Missouri, the Court of Appeals ruled. Case: Graham v. TSL, Ltd., No. 2010-CA-000547-WC, 10/8...Read More
Sunz Adds Mont., Ind. and N.C. to Coverage Area 10/13/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 148 | 0
Sunz Insurance Co. said Tuesday it has added Montana, Indiana and North Carolina to its coverage area, allowing the St. Petersurg, Fla.-based carrier to write workers' compensation policies in a total of 13 states nationwide. Sunz said in a press release it is one state shy of reachi...Read More
Seminar to Focus on Rising Comp Costs 10/12/2010
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 197 | 0
Diamond Mark Educational Meetings is holding a free seminar Nov. 4 in the Chicago area exploring the issue of rising workers' compensation costs.Seven continuing education credits are available for those who attend the seminar, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grotto steakhous...Read More
Supreme Court Justice Opala, a Former WC Court Member, Dead at 89 10/12/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OK | Segment: CENTRAL | 266 | 0
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala, a former member of the state Workers' Compensation Court, died after suffering a stroke at his Oklahoma City home, according to press reports Monday.Opala was 89. Deputy Court Administrator Mike Mayberry told newspapers that police found O...Read More
Schneider Leaves Zenith for Floyd Skeren & Kelly in Oakland 10/11/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 316 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Floyd Skeren & Kelly law firm announced that Joseph Schneider has been appointed managing attorney of its Bay Area office in Oakland.A 20-year veteran of workers’ compensation defense, Schneider previously was employed by Zenith Insurance Co. Prior to his in-house position ...Read More
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