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Manual Labor Exception Allows Independent Contractor to Get Benefits From Air B&B Owner 05/23/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 192 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 28 min read
A Louisiana appellate court overturned a denial of benefits to an independent contractor who was injured while engaged in manual labor for an Air B&B owner. ...Read More

Medical Marijuana Expanded, but Not for Workers' Comp 05/23/2018
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 202 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
Louisiana lawmakers have approved the use of medical marijuana for an expanded list of medical conditions, but left injured workers out of the party.  ...Read More
Man Accused of Cashing Dead Mother's Benefit Checks 05/17/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 245 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
A Rochester man faces felony grand larceny and forgery charges for allegedly cashing nearly $4,000 in benefit checks sent to his deceased mother, WHAM reported Wednesday....Read More

Mark Pew Joins Preferred Medical as SVP of Product Development 05/16/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 384 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
Mark Pew, known in the workers’ comp industry as the Rx Professor, has joined Preferred Medical as senior vice president of product development and marketing. ...Read More

More Workers Test Positive for Marijuana, Fewer for Opioids, Report Says 05/14/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 846 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
The number of urine samples from U.S. workers who tested positive for drugs was 4.2% last year, with the positivity rate for prescription opioids falling compared to 2016, but the rates for marijuana and cocaine are increasing, according to a new report from Quest Diagnostics. ...Read More

Manufacturer Faces $251K in Fines for Combustible Dust, Other Hazards 05/11/2018
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 462 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Accumulation of combustible dust and a wide range of other alleged safety violations have resulted in $251,108 in proposed penalties against a mulch manufacturer in Shady Dale, Georgia. ...Read More

Mine Operator Can't Enjoin DOL Claim Notice Procedures for Claims Against Former Subsidiaries 05/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: DC | Segment: SOUTH | 147 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 142 min read
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that a mine operator could not perform an "end run" around the statutory scheme set up by the Black Lung Benefits Act to determine an employer’s liability for an injured miner’s claim. ...Read More

Myra Griffin Named Chief of Industrial Commission 05/08/2018
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 384 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Myra L. Griffin as a commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, effective May 3. ...Read More

Morelli Named WC Commission Chair 05/03/2018
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 287 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 14 min read
Gov. Dan Malloy this week named Workers' Compensation Commissioner Stephen Morelli to chair the commission. Morelli has been a commissio...Read More
Mr. Good Vape Ordered to Reinstate Environmental Whistle-Blower 04/24/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 619 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 48 min read
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered a business in Chino, California, to reinstate a former manager who was fired for claiming the company’s production of flavored liquids for e-cigarettes violated federal environmental law. Mr. Good Vape LLC was also o...Read More
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