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DIR Posts 2016 Legislative Digest 12/29/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1153 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 31 min read
In addition to measures intended to improve access to medical care and crack down on fraud, California lawmakers passed a number of other labor law measures during the 2016 session outlined in a legislative digest the Department of Industrial Relations posted to its website Wednesday. ...Read More

Governor Announces Three Appellate Judge Nominations 12/29/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1288 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed one justice to the 5th District Court of Appeal and two judges to the 4th District Court of Appeal. ...Read More

This Year's Crop of Comp Laws All Over the Map 12/29/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1089 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
The state of Virginia enacted two pieces of workers’ compensation legislation this year: House Bill 378, which requires the implementation of a workers’ compensation medical fee schedule by Jan. 1, 2018; and HB 44, which creates a presumption of compensability for cases in which a wor...Read More

New Reforms to Curb Opioid Epidemic Go Into Effect Sunday 12/29/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 1515 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
New health insurance reforms that go into effect Sunday and target the heroin and opioid epidemic in New York dovetail with the state's ongoing efforts to combat addiction within workers’ compensation, experts said Wednesday. ...Read More

Disabled Worker Didn't Forfeit Entitlement to Benefits by Helping Out at Father's Gas Station 12/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 673 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a disabled worker did not forfeit his entitlement to benefits by occasionally helping out around his father's gas station. ...Read More

Panel Upholds PTD Award to Lineman for Electric Shock Injuries 12/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 763 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 80 min read
The Tennessee Supreme Court's Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel upheld an award of permanent total disability benefits to a lineman for his injuries from an unwitnessed accident. ...Read More

Mine Safety Agency Issues 152 Citations in November 12/29/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 731 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Inspectors with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 152 citations and five orders last month during special impact inspections at 10 coal mines, and seven other mines. ...Read More

No Benefits for Widow of Police Officer Killed in Freak Traffic Accident 12/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 795 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that a police officer's widow was not entitled to benefits for his death in a freak accident while driving home from an assignment. ...Read More

Worker's Prior Claim of Back Injury Didn't Preclude Second Claim for Disc Herniation 12/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 834 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals revived a worker's claim for a disc herniation, finding it was not barred by his earlier unsuccessful attempt to secure benefits for a back injury affecting the same region of his spine. ...Read More
WCB Posts Certification Form With Corrected Assessment Figures 12/29/2016
State: IN | Segment: NORTH | 646 | 0 | Popular with Vendor | 134 min read
The Workers’ Compensation Board of Indiana posted to its website an updated Certification for Workers’ Compensation form with corrected numbers that should be used to calculate 2017 Second Injury Fund assessments. The revised form requires carriers to certify they calculated t...Read More
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