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Workers' Compensation News

Salt Maker Receives 37 Citations, $111,600 in Fines 09/08/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 315 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 37 serious citations with fines totaling $111,600 to U.S. Salt for alleged violations of workplace standards at its Watkins Glen, N.Y. manufacturing plant. The company manufactures of food-grade and pharmaceutical-grade salt....Read More
San Diego-area Councilman Gets Delay in Comp Fraud Case 09/07/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 63 | 0
A Vista, Calif., city council member being prosecuted for failure to provide workers' compensation insurance for employees at his restaurant has a new date for his pre-trial hearing.Frank Lopez and his wife, Mary, were charged in June with a misdemeanor for not providing workers'...Read More
State Cites 9 Unlicensed Contractors For Comp, Other Violations 09/07/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 384 | 0
The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) announced that it cited nine contractors following a Sacramento-area sting operation last week for contracting without a license, failure to carry workers' compensation insurance and other violations.CSLB investigators posed as volunteers at...Read More
Safety Board Begins Study on Chemicals Stored by Bayer 09/07/2010
State: WV | Segment: EAST | 159 | 0
The Chemical Safety Board announced it has begun a National Academy of Sciences study on the feasibility of reducing or eliminating the inventory of highly toxic methyl isocyanate stored at the Bayer CropScience pesticide manufacturing complex located in Institute, W.V.The 12-month, $575...Read More
Supreme Court Denies Review to Three Cases 09/03/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 645 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Supreme Court denied petitions for review to three cases this week, including an applicant's challenge to a panel decision stating that she did not suffer other injuries as a compensable consequence to a work injury. The state Supreme Court denied review to Kathy Kelle...Read More
Settlement Should not Have Been Approved Without Worker's Consent 09/03/2010
State: MA | Segment: EAST | 201 | 0
An administrative law judge lacked the authority to approve an injured worker's settlement without his consent, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals concluded. Case: In re Michael Opare's Case, No. 09-P-1088, 8/31/08. Published.Facts: On May 3, 2006, Michael Opare's...Read More
Sale of Company Removes Award Cap 09/02/2010
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: TN | Segment: EAST | 209 | 0
A trial court award of permanent partial disability benefits equal to three times the impairment rating is justified because the sale of the company that employed the worker constituted a loss of employment. thereby eliminating the 1.5 multiplier that usually applies to PPD awards, a Tennessee worke...Read More
Sink Orders Audit of $48 Million 1st DCA Project 09/01/2010
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 125 | 0
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said she has requested a comprehensive audit of the ongoing construction of the new $48 million 1st District Court of Appeal headquarters in Tallahassee, after a newspaper report called it Florida's "Taj Mahal."Sink said she has directed the ...Read More
State Sets New Rules For Insurance Solvency 09/01/2010
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 18 | 0 | Popular with Wcc
The Oregon Insurance Division has updated its standards for determining when an insurance company may be in a hazardous financial condition.The changes are based on revisions made to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Model Rule No. 395, which sets standards for determin...Read More
State GOP Endorses Comp Privatization Initiative 09/01/2010
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 180 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Washington State Republican Party has formally endorsed Initiative 1082, a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot to allow private workers' compensation insurers in the state, according to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer."The Republican Party stands squarely with the voters in o...Read More
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