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Workers' Compensation News

Retro Program Benefits Increasing Oct. 1 09/26/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 39 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 121 min read
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division issued a bulletin regarding the annual increase in retroactive program benefits going into effect Oct. 1. The director reviewed changes to the state’s average weekly wage, which decreased in 2017 and increased in 2018, and determined t...Read More

Employer Can't Force Injured Worker to Arbitrate Claims of Discrimination, Retaliation 09/26/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 34 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 4 min read
A Missouri appellate court ruled that an employer could not compel arbitration of an injured worker’s discrimination and retaliation claims, since there was no enforceable agreement to arbitrate. ...Read More

Rule Change Increases Fees for Medical and Voc-Rehab Services 09/26/2018
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 45 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has approved rule changes that slightly increase fees for medical and vocational rehabilitation services, and increase the threshold for medical, hospital and vocational rehabilitation services that treat catastrophically injured patients, ...Read More

Division Delays Launch of Case Management System 09/26/2018
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 57 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 31 min read
The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation is postponing the rollout of its Workers’ Compensation Electronic System to make sure bugs are worked out before the system goes live. ...Read More

Failure to Tell Employer of 3rd-Party Settlement Allows Guaranty Fund to Avoid Liability 09/26/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 38 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the Workers' Compensation Benefits Guaranty Fund did not owe benefits to a worker who failed to provide his employer with notice of settlement with a motorist who was at fault for a work-related accident. ...Read More

Virtual Hearings Now Available in Most Parts of State 09/26/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 56 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
The New York Workers' Compensation Board has fully embraced the digital age and is allowing hearings via video link in almost all parts of the state. ...Read More

Advisory Council to Review NCCI Rate Filing 09/26/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 80 | 0 | Popular with Other | 11 min read
Tennessee’s Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation will review the National Council on Compensation Insurance's filing for a proposed 19% rate cut during a meeting in Nashville on Oct. 11. ...Read More

After Chair Wants to Wait, Committee Approves Hand and Foot Benefits 09/26/2018
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 58 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has approved Senate Bill 782, with some minor amendments, after hearing testimony from insurers and worker advocates. ...Read More

Governor Approves Debit Card, Safety Work Bills 09/25/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1173 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 38 min read
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law bills allowing carriers to use debit cards to pay workers’ compensation benefits, and giving cities and counties the option of providing benefits for police officers injured while outside the state. ...Read More

Exclusive Remedy Bars Civil Suit for Allegedly Wrongful Delay in Treatment 09/25/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 625 | 2 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
A federal trial court judge last week issued a tentative decision to dismiss a family’s second effort at suing a workers’ compensation insurance carrier and claims adjuster for wrongfully delaying treatment to an injured worker, resulting in her death. ...Read More
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