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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Partially Fund Firefighter Cancer Treatment 12/18/2017
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 49 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Rep. Tommy Hanes A Republican state ...Read More

Exclusivity Barred Worker's Tort Action Against Colleague for Vanpool Accident 12/18/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 63 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Illinois Appellate Court ruled that a restaurant worker could not proceed with her lawsuit against a coworker for injuries in a car accident that occurred while the colleague was driving her to work in a van owned by their employer. ...Read More

Bill Would Increase Prison Guards' Weekly PPD Payments 12/18/2017
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 50 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A bill that would make Maryland's state prison guards eligible for higher weekly payments for certain injuries will have its first reading in the Senate's Finance Committee on Jan. 10.  ...Read More

Worker's Claim of Bogus Return-to-Work Offer Falls Within Exclusive Jurisdiction of DWC 12/18/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 69 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the state Division of Workers’ Compensation has exclusive jurisdiction over a worker’s claims that a carrier and its agent provided a sham offer of modified-duty work that enabled his employer to fire him. ...Read More

WCD Issues Reminder, Instructions on Death Benefit Increase 12/18/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 52 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division issued a reminder on Friday that death benefits will increase on Jan. 1, along with an explanation on how to calculate benefit levels.  ...Read More

Bill Would Extend Disease Presumption to Correctional Officers 12/18/2017
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 50 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A bill that would add correctional officers to the list of public safety workers for whom hypertension, heart disease and certain infectious diseases are presumed to be work-related has been introduced in the Virginia legislature. ...Read More

Procedural Flub Prevented Board From Accepting Worker's Resignation Letter as Evidence 12/18/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 76 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A New York appellate court ruled that the state Workers’ Compensation Board could not consider an injured worker’s resignation letter in determining her entitlement to benefits, since her employer did not complete an affidavit explaining why it had not submitted the document. ...Read More

Contractor Faces $131K in Fines for Alleged Trench Hazards 12/18/2017
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 33 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Georgia contractor that allegedly didn’t provide protection for employees working in a trench is facing $130,552 in proposed federal penalties. ...Read More

BWC's Investigative Unit Nets 5 Convictions in November 12/18/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 40 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Four Northeast Ohio workers pleaded guilty in November to defrauding the Bureau of Workers' Compensation by working while receiving benefits, the BWC's special investigations department announced Friday.  ...Read More

Report Cites High Workplace Death Rate, Low Benefits 12/18/2017
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 37 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Mississippi workers die on the job at a rate double that of the national average, according to a new report by the National Employment Law Project. ...Read More
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