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Survey Shows Workplace Accidents Down 12% in 2009 03/25/2011
State: KS | Segment: CENTRAL | 360 | 0
Kansas workplace accidents declined by 12% in 2009, according to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the Kansas Department of Labor reports.The survey, produced by the department in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that nonfatal workplace...Read More
Staff Report: State Docs Sell 85% of Physician-Dispensed Oxycodone 03/24/2011
State: FL | Segment: Top | 467 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefFlorida physicians, led by doctors in Broward County, dispense 85.3% of the oxycodone sold by doctors across the nation and have helped the state become a major source of prescription d...Read More
Secretary of State Posts Rule on Construction Exemptions 03/24/2011
State: TN | Segment: EAST | 118 | 0
The Tennessee Secretary of State has posted information on a new rule allowing officers of construction corporations and limited liability corporations to exempt themselves from workers' compensation coverage.Compromise legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly last sessio...Read More
Shipfitter Failed to Prove Shipowner Breached Duty 03/24/2011
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 321 | 0
A shipfitter lacked sufficient evidence to render a shipowner liable for a flash fire that occurred while welding inside of a ship’s ballast tank, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Case: Green v. United States of America, No. 10-11833 and 10-11975, 3/22/11. Unpublished....Read More
Senate Committee Takes Up OIEC 'Sunset' Bill at Public Hearing 03/22/2011
State: TX | Segment: Top | 252 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau ChiefThe Texas state Senate's Committee on Governmental Organization was expected to take up legislation to extend the life of the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) at a hearing Monday,...Read More
Single-Payer Plan Clears Committee with Comp Unresolved 03/21/2011
State: VT | Segment: Top | 294 | 0
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefGov. Peter Shumlin's plan to make Vermont the first state in the nation to adopt a single-payer health system has cleared a House committee and is expected to reach a floor vote by ...Read More
SWCB Announces Deadlines for Implementing Treatment Guides 03/21/2011
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 272 | 0
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board (SWCB) announced two deadlines last week for implementation of the medical treatment guidelines mandated by the state's 2007 workers' compensation reforms.The guidelines, which took effect last Dec. 1, impose optimum and maximum ...Read More
SWCB Readopts Reg Expanding Time for Filing IMEs 03/18/2011
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 282 | 0
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board (SWCB) has filed notice that it is extending an emergency regulation that changed the deadline for the filing of independent medical examinations from 10 calendar days to 10 business days.The board said in a regulatory notice published i...Read More
Senate Gives Final Approval to Workers' Comp Bill 03/18/2011
State: MO | Segment: CENTRAL | 156 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Missouri Senate gave final approval Thursday to a Senate measure to prohibit employees covered by workers' compensation from suing coworkers for on-the-job injuries and to bring coverage for occupational diseases back under the workers' compensation system.Senate Bill 8 by Se...Read More
Senate Advances Comp Bill, 2nd Injury Fund Bills Up for Attention 03/17/2011
State: MO | Segment: Top | 552 | 0
By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau ChiefThe Missouri Senate approved legislation Tuesday to prohibit employees covered by workers' compensation from suing co-workers for workplace injuries and to return coverage for occupational...Read More
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