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Brannan Now a Consultant for Opt-Out Group 10/15/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 229 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
Former Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan has been hired as a consultant to the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation, a national group that advocates for opt-out programs. ...Read More
Average Weekly Wage and Max Benefit Raised by $45 10/15/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 68 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 33 min read
The average weekly wage in Massachusetts is now $1,383, up $45 from the fiscal 2018 level, state officials announced this week. That affects the weekly compensation rate for temporary total disability benefits, set at 60% of the worker's average weekly wage, up to a maximum of 100% of...Read More

AG Candidates Received Largest Chunk of Solakyan Campaign Contributions 10/12/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1454 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
The Los Angeles businessman accused of scamming insurers out of $284 million has given generously to California politicos and has been especially fond of candidates running for law enforcement positions. ...Read More

Worker's Malpractice Action Against UR Doctor Comes to End 10/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 928 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 69 min read
The 4th District Court of Appeal put the final nail in the coffin of a worker’s malpractice action against a utilization review physician, finding that the worker’s suit was properly dismissed. ...Read More

Lack of Settlement Authority a Barrier to Claim Closure 10/12/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 336 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
In many workers’ comp cases, there’s a narrow window of opportunity when parties on both sides of the claim are close to reaching a settlement, some say. ...Read More

NASI: N.Y. Saw Biggest Cost Increases in 2016, Mich. Greatest Drop 10/12/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 214 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 42 min read
New York, Wyoming and Iowa employers in 2016 saw the largest increase in workers’ compensation costs as a share of payroll, while Michigan and Ohio had some of the biggest declines, according to a report released Thursday by the National Academy of Social Insurance. ...Read More

Rule Would Implement Death Benefit Policy for First Responders 10/12/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 107 min read
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation is proposing a regulation that will implement legislation that makes the surviving spouses of first responders eligible for death benefits for life after remarrying. ...Read More

AF Group Marketing Campaign Features Injured Workers' Stories 10/12/2018
State: MI | Segment: NORTH | 143 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
Workers’ comp insurer AF Group is working with marketing agency Phire Group on a campaign to explain workers’ compensation to potential policyholders. ...Read More

Commission Can't Ignore Barriers Facing Itinerant Worker Requesting Extension 10/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 104 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 70 min read
The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the state Workers’ Compensation Commission wrongfully denied an extension of time for a self-represented litigant to file an appeal, without explanation or acknowledgment of his language limitations and his work schedule as an itinerant labor...Read More

First-Responder Liaison Looking to Make Presentations to Agencies 10/12/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 1050 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
After hiring a first-responder liaison, as directed by state lawmakers, the Texas Office of Injured Employee Counsel is taking the show on the road. ...Read More
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