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Workers' Compensation News

DWC Approves Format Changes to Basic Manual 07/29/2020
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 172 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 63 min read
The Texas Department of Insurance has approved formatting and other changes to the National Council on Compensation Insurance's Basic Manual. The NCCI filed changes to the manual to reflect an updated email address; revised wording for consistency and clarity; removal of&nbs...Read More

DWC to Hold Quarterly Meetings Via Zoom on Aug. 26 07/29/2020
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 167 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 155 min read
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation will hold its quarterly meetings with insurers and health care providers via video conference on Aug. 26, the DWC announced. ...Read More

Newsom Promises Expanded Worker Protections but Hasn't Announced New Presumption 07/28/2020
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1207 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 64 min read
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is committed to working with lawmakers to expand employee protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, though his office stopped short of saying the governor planned to announce another presumption after his previous order expired earlier this month. ...Read More

Lawmakers Pass Bills That Would Penalize Deportation Threat, Authorize Massage Therapists 07/28/2020
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 331 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
Immigrants would have one less thing to fear if they are injured on the job, under a bill the New York Assembly passed last week. The ...Read More

Exclusion of Testimony Doesn't Constitute Prejudicial Error in FELA Case 07/28/2020
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a trial court did not prejudicially err in preventing a witness from testifying that an employer’s modifications to a forklift may have led to its tipping over and causing injury. ...Read More

DCBS Reports Workplace Deaths Up 17% in 2019 07/28/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 106 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 17 min read
Compensable workplace fatalities in Oregon increased by more than 17% in 2019, according to data published by the state Department of Consumer and Business Services. ...Read More

Report: Third of Comp Claims for COVID Approved 07/28/2020
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 223 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
Colorado employers and workers’ compensation carriers have admitted liability for about a third of claims for COVID-19, according to a report by the Denver Post. ...Read More

Remand Order Shouldn't Dismiss Claim for Which Award Isn't Fully Reversed 07/28/2020
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 103 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 4 min read
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the Court of Appeals issued too broad of a remand order in directing that a worker’s entire claim petition be dismissed.   ...Read More

Failure to Appear for Psych Exam Warrants Suspension of Benefits 07/28/2020
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 126 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 99 min read
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that a worker’s failure to appear for a medical examination, following repeated cancellations, warranted a suspension of his benefits. ...Read More

Business Group Says Presumption Order Could Increase Costs 238% 07/28/2020
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 188 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
A business group has reacted swiftly to Gov. Ned Lamont's COVID presumption order, saying it will cost employers dearly long after the pandemic has run its course, potentially increasing workers' compensation costs by 238%. ...Read More
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