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L&I Says Claimant Operated Bar While Collecting Comp and Social Security Benefits 10/09/2017
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 306 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Washington man will be arraigned today on charges that he operated a bar while collecting both workers’ compensation and Social Security benefits, the Department of Labor & Industries said Friday. Dennis J. Bennett, 63, of Veradale, is charged with two counts of felony first-d...Read More

Lawmakers Ask Cuomo to Rebuild Scaffold Law 10/06/2017
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 955 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Seven Democratic lawmakers have asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to tear down the state's Scaffold Law. The statute has existed since 1885, ...Read More

Lawmakers Hope to Close 'Loophole' on Doc-Dispensed Compounds 10/03/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 783 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Pennsylvania lawmakers thought they had reined in physician dispensing with 2014 legislation, but stakeholders say doctors have found a loophole: buying ownership stakes in pharmacies and prescribing high-priced drugs, often pain creams, and pocketing the profits. ...Read More

Labor Department Increases Lodging Reimbursement Rate 10/03/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 454 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced that the standard reimbursement rate for lodging when an injured worker has to travel outside his or her community for medical treatment increased to $93 a night, from $91, effective Oct. 1. ...Read More

Liberty Mutual Sues Doctors, Pharmacies Over Compounded Medications 10/02/2017
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 2172 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Liberty Mutual Insurance has filed suit against 18 Philadelphia-area pain management doctors, pharmacists and related parties for allegedly prescribing $4.7 million in pain creams to injured workers, some of which cost more than $8,000 per tube, The Inquirer ...Read More

L&I Moving Port Angeles Office to Sequim 09/29/2017
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 533 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries is closing its Port Angeles office at noon today as it prepares to move to new facilities 15 miles away in Sequim. ...Read More

Longshore Claim Settlement Does Not Preclude Jones Act Suit 09/28/2017
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 277 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An injured construction worker is free to sue his employer under the Jones Act even though he settled an injury claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled. ...Read More

Lawmakers to Begin Considering Impacts of Supreme Court's Protz Decision 09/26/2017
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 584 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The House Labor & Industry Committee will hold an informational meeting on the state Supreme Court’s Protz decision and its expected impacts. ...Read More

Lawmakers Will Take First Crack at Draft Impairment Guidelines 09/26/2017
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 300 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Lawmakers will meet at 1 p.m. today to examine the proposed permanency impairment guidelines released Sept. 1 by the state Workers’ Compensation Board. ...Read More

Legislature Quiet on Comp in 2017 Session 09/21/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1524 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Expectations for California's 2017 legislative session for the most part held true: Although there was some debate on bills addressing utilization review and victims of workplace terrorist attacks, it was generally a quiet session for workers’ compensation. ...Read More
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