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TDI Proposes 10% Drop in Classification Relativities 11/29/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 531 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 106 min read
The Texas commissioner of insurance will hold a public hearing Dec. 16 to consider revised workers’ compensation classification relativities, which regulators propose to reduce by 10%. Insurance Code Section 2053.051 requires the Department of Insurance at least once every five year...Read More

Report: Misclassification and Off-the-Books Wages Costing State Millions 11/29/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 576 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
New Jersey is losing millions of unpaid tax dollars through a thriving underground construction economy that misclassifies 35,000 workers or pays them under the table, according to a new report by the Stockton University William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. ...Read More

Pharmacist Who Owns 'The Rock's' Former Mansion Awaits Trial 11/29/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 851 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 64 min read
A Miami pharmacist used the proceeds from a $37 million conspiracy to defraud federal health insurance programs and purchase a French-style chateau formerly owned by movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, federal prosecutors allege. ...Read More

Mechanic Pleads Guilty to Defrauding BWC of $132,000 11/29/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 374 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A West Portsmouth man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fraud and theft, and must pay $132,239 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. ...Read More

Parties Finish Briefing in Dispute on MPN Doctors and IMR 11/28/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1593 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
The parties in a dispute over whether an employer can refer a treatment recommendation from a doctor within its own medical provider network through utilization review and independent medical review have finished briefing their positions for the 4th District Court of Appeal. ...Read More

AIG Reconsiders Home Improvements After TV Station Report 11/28/2016
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 1776 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 31 min read
A Southern California television station is taking credit for a decision by American International Group to make home modifications requested by a worker who was injured in a forklift accident. ...Read More

Trump Has Opportunities on Opioid Issue, Observers Say 11/28/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 887 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 63 min read
West Virginia will soon require doctors to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s opioid guidelines when prescribing opioid pain medication to Medicaid patients or to public employees with state health insurance. ...Read More

Air Ambulance Co. Moves to Seal Records in Reimbursement Case 11/28/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 918 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
If Texas workers' compensation carriers had paid what air ambulance company PHI Air Medical billed in 2013, the company's profit margin would have averaged 200% to 300% per flight, attorneys for Texas' largest carrier say. ...Read More

Court Deals Another Blow to Insurers in Nullifying Rate Hike 11/28/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 1205 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
Advocates for workers trumpeted — and the business community decried — Wednesday's court ruling nullifying a 14.5% rate increase scheduled for Dec. 1 and declaring that regulators and its rate-maker violated the state's Sunshine Law. ...Read More

Court Finds Chance of Injury From Wiping Tables Was Work-Related Risk for Waitress 11/28/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 426 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The Illinois Appellate Court upheld an award of benefits to a waitress for a hand injury, finding the potential for getting hurt while wiping tables was a work-related risk. ...Read More
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