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Supreme Court Rules Opt-Out Unconstitutional 09/13/2016
State: OK | Segment: Top | 1049 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 100 min read
The Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier today ruled that a provision of the state's opt-out law is unconstitutional because it "creates impermissible, unequal, disparate treatment of a select group of injured workers." In a 7-2 decision, the high court upheld a September 2015 dec...Read More

Carrier Doesn't Owe Complete Defense for Workers' Hearing-Loss Claims 09/13/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 619 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 152 min read
In a case of first impression, the Louisiana Supreme Court last week ruled that an insurance carrier did not have a duty to provide an employer with a complete defense to the industrial hearing loss claims of some 100 former employees, spanning six decades. ...Read More

BWC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Clear Final Hurdle 09/13/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 799 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 70 min read
New opioid-prescribing rules cleared an Ohio legislative hurdle Monday and will be finalized Sept. 19, despite a national pain management organization’s concerns that the regulations go too far. ...Read More

Worker's Post-Injury Sales Job Wasn't 'Meaningful' Return to Work 09/13/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 337 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 42 min read
The Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel ruled that a worker did not have a "meaningful" return to work when his post-injury sales position entitled him to a guaranteed base salary that was less than his weekly earnings in his time-of-injury job. ...Read More

Man Dies in Soybean Bin, Leading to $412,000 Fine for Repeat Offender Employer 09/13/2016
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 497 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A 41-year-old worker at a Nebraska grain-handling facility suffocated while clearing debris from a soybean bin, leading to an investigation that yielded a fine of more than $400,000 for his employer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday. ...Read More

Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference Set for Sept. 28-29 in Spokane 09/13/2016
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 465 | 0 | Popular with Other_other | 68 min read
One of the country's largest occupational safety and health conferences will be held in Spokane at the end of the month, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced. ...Read More

Fraudulent-Transfer Claim Against Corporate Officers Was Time-Barred 09/13/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 421 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that the statute of limitations barred an injured worker from pursuing a fraudulent-transfer claim against her non-subscribing employer, and it overturned a $10,000 award of sanctions against the employer's corporate officers for discovery abuses. ...Read More

Man Accused of Stealing Dead Worker's Benefits Denies Involvement 09/13/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 634 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
A Florida man accused of pocketing a dead man's workers' compensation benefits denies involvement, telling WFTV-9 he wouldn't know how to cash checks made out to someone else. ...Read More
Concentra Acquires Occ Med Facility in Philadelphia 09/13/2016
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 329 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 114 min read
Concentra has acquired an occupational medicine center in Philadelphia, bringing its number of Pennsylvania facilities to 20. The national occupational health care company will assume operations of the Industrial Health Care Center on Southhampton Road, Concentra announced Monday. ...Read More

Insurance Groups Release Guide to Increasing Data Security 09/13/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 412 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
Three New York insurance groups released a guide to boosting data security, the organizations announced Monday. With the help of the Center for Internet Security, the trade associations Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York (IIABNY), New York Insurance Association (NYIA) an...Read More
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