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Exoskeletons Poised for Wider Use by Injured Workers
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The use of exoskeletons to treat injured workers is catching on slowly, but medical application of the devices could get a boost as they are used more frequently for improving productivity in the workplace, one expert said.
Insurance Commissioner Approves 12.8% Rate Reduction
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Indiana Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson announced Wednesday that he approved an average 12.8% reduction in workers’ compensation rates, to take effect Jan. 1.
Judge Orders State to Refund Money Swept Out of Work Comp Fund
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A Kansas county judge has ordered the state to repay a little more than $3 million that it swept out of its Workers’ Compensation Fee Fund and other funds financed by user fees to balance the state budget during the height of the recession in 2009, the ...
Alliant Names New SVP/Pharmacy Practice Lead
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Alliant Employee Benefits named Sal Morana senior vice president and pharmacy practice lead for hospitals and health systems as part of its expanding pharmacy consulting practice.
Contractor Drops Appeal of Fine for Fatal Accident
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A contractor agreed to pay $280,000 in penalties for safety violations that resulted in the death of a worker, and an additional $12,500 for misclassifying the worker as an independent contractor.
Epic Opens Office in Pittsburgh
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Epic Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has opened an office in Pittsburgh.
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OH - Woman Ordered to Pay Restitution for Spending Dead Boyfriend's Benefit Funds
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The boyfriend died, but the workers’ comp checks kept coming.
Because 58-year-old Suzette Hedrick of Toledo, Ohio, cashed the checks, she has a choice of reimbursing the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $18,576 or serve 10 months in prison, the BWC said in a press release Friday. A Lucas County judge on Oct. 5 sentenced Hendrik to five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a fifth-degree felony, the bureau said.
Hendrick’s boyfriend, whom the bureau did not identify, was receiving permanent total disability benefits until his death on Oct. 3, .
TX - Imprisoned Doctors' Luxury Cars, Diamond-Covered Rolexes Up for Auction
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The federal government is auctioning off 21 luxury cars seized from two doctors who are serving long prison sentences for running a pill mill in Mobile, Alabama.
Gold jewelry and a series of Rolex watches covered in diamonds will also be auctioned Saturday at the Hilton Austin Airport, KSAT-TV 12 reports.
The items were seized from John Patrick Couch and Xiulu Ruan, who became rich from selling instant-release fentanyl drugs off-label for neck, back and joint pain. The highly addictive opioid, produced by a company called Subsys, was approved only to trea.
WA - L&I: Unregistered Contractor Behind on Premium Payments
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The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries said a contractor charged with felony theft for collecting payments for projects he never started owed $6,500 in workers’ compensation premiums and another $12,000 for unregistered contracting.
Jesse Scott Espinoza, owner of Jesse’s Custom Concrete, is accused of accepting a total of $5,000 in down payments for two jobs that he allegedly abandoned. According to L&I, Espinoza did not work a single day on either project and never returned the money.
What’s more, the department said it suspended Espinoza’s .
CA - Former DIR Director Duncan Joins Sacramento Lobbying Group
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Cal Capitol Group, a lobbying firm in Sacramento, announced that former Department of Industrial Relations Director John Duncan joined the company as a senior executive.
Duncan was director of the DIR from 2007 to 2011, and served as chairman of the California Public Employment Relations Board from 2004 to 2007.
He worked as vice president of government affairs for US HealthWorks from 2012 to 2016, and held the same title at Western Dental Services, where he worked since 2016.
Cal Capitol Group said Duncan’s expertise and communication skills, as well as his contacts an.
CA - CAAA Takes Swing at Governor Over Veto of Apportionment Bill
CA - Court Affirms Dismissal of Disbarred Work Comp Attorney's Distress Claim
CA - Number of QMEs Falls as Panel Requests Increase
CA - Four Deputies at Las Vegas Shooting File Comp Claims
NY - Activists Protest Proposed WCB Changes to Impairment Rating Method
CA - Judge Postpones Sentencing of Drobot Jr. Until February
CA - Limited Injunction to Apply Only to Liens Not Listed on DWC Website
CA - Decision Says Claims Had Preclusive Effect on Discrimination Suit
PA - Republican Senators Seek to Introduce Formulary Bill
CA - QME Report Examines Impact of Suspended Providers, Med-Legal Agents
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