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Governor: State Government Nears Shutdown Over Historic Budget Impasse 06/23/2016
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 1116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is accusing Democrats of procrastinating on a budget compromise — which the governor hopes will include workers' compensation reform — just days before the state enters a second fiscal year with no spending plan. ...Read More
2 Judges Sworn in to State Workers' Compensation Court 06/23/2016
State: RI | Segment: NORTH | 583 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
Two Rhode Island workers' compensation judges officially assumed their posts on the state workers' compensation court this week in a swearing-in ceremony hosted by Gov. Gina Raimondo, the governor's office announced in a press release. Michael J. Feeney was sworn in as judge, ...Read More

Court Reinstates Employer's Defenses to Negligence Suit 06/23/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 948 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that an employer was entitled to compel a physical examination of its worker and that its pleadings in defense of his negligence claim should not have been stricken as a sanction for its failure to preserve video footage of his accident. ...Read More

Average Weekly Wage Increase Drives Benefit Hikes 06/23/2016
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 478 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 9 min read
Montana's maximum permanent total disability, temporary total and permanent partial disability benefits will increase July 1 due to a 3.14% increase in the state's average weekly wage, but the exact amount depends on the date of injury. ...Read More

Court Orders WC Board to Determine if Worker Falsified Record on Appeal 06/23/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 492 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 44 min read
A New York appellate court sent a worker's appeal of the denial of his comp claim back to the Workers' Compensation Board to determine if the worker had submitted a "true and correct" version of the record to the court. ...Read More

Chiropractor Entitled to Payment for Treatment After Worker Aggravated Back Injury 06/23/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 424 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 69 min read
A New York appellate court overturned a decision by the Workers' Compensation Board denying a chiropractor's request for payment for treatment of a worker's aggravation of a prior compensable back injury. ...Read More

Executive Says Legislature Failed by Not Reforming Workers' Compensation 06/23/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 1824 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
A pro-business group says the New York City-dominated Assembly failed Upstate residents and businesses during the recent legislative session by increasing worker benefits and by preventing ride-hailing services from operating. ...Read More

Bill Aims to Tighten Exemption Loopholes Exploited by Creative Employers 06/22/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2257 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
Employer fraud typically involves misclassifying workers as contractors to avoid the requirement to carry workers’ compensation coverage, or underreporting payroll to reduce premiums. But some businesses have exploited a loophole in the coverage exemption for officers and directors of priva...Read More

Louisiana Stands Out in Study of Long-Term Opioid Use 06/22/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1312 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
One in six workers’ comp claimants in Louisiana who took opioids after an injury became long-term opioid users, the highest rate among 25 states included in a new study from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. ...Read More
Investments Beef Up Comp Fund by $800 Million 06/22/2016
State: WY | Segment: WEST | 383 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Wyoming has added $800 million to its workers' compensation fund over the past eight years, which has been enough to keep pace with its liabilities, a lengthy article about the state's...Read More
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