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Seminar to Explain Labyrinth of Leave Laws 12/23/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1299 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 110 min read
A two-day seminar in Los Angeles next month will tackle the topic of medical leave in California, taking a look at the interaction of federal and state leave laws as well as workers’ compensation. ...Read More
Tom Rankin Reappointed to State Fund Board of Directors 12/23/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1173 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has reappointed former labor leader Tom Rankin to the board of directors of State Compensation Insurance Fund for a term that runs from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2022, State Fund said in a press release. ...Read More

Court Orders Claimant's Attorney to Refund Fee Award to Employer 12/23/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 1060 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A divided Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Tuesday ruled that a claimant's attorney must return the $14,750 fee he collected for successfully defending his client against an employer's petition to discontinue the payment of benefits, as the ruling was later reversed on appeal. ...Read More

Committee Seeks 'Culture Shift' That Values Return to Work 12/23/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1209 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 54 min read
When an international organization of workers’ compensation administrators formed a committee to look at return-to-work issues, the group started out by asking various system stakeholders to explain the importance of return to work from their perspective. ...Read More

Another State Eyes Creation of Drug Formulary 12/23/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 1874 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 59 min read
The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation will ask its governing Three-Member Panel on Jan. 5 to seek legislative approval for rule-making authority to create a drug formulary. ...Read More

No Labor Law Claim for Worker Whose Face Was Smashed by Steel Beam 12/23/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 926 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker did not have a viable Labor Law claim for his injuries from being struck in the face by a steel beam. ...Read More

Claim of Jury Error Doesn't Warrant Nullification of Verdict 12/23/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 870 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled that an injured worker was not entitled to a have a jury verdict set aside based on a "speculative" claim of juror error. ...Read More

Fall Hazards Bring $112K in Fines Against Roofing Company 12/23/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 986 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New Jersey roofing company that allowed its employees to work without fall protection is facing $112,487 in fines by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. ...Read More

Insurer's Legal Malpractice Suit Against Defense Attorney Fails 12/23/2016
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 933 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 84 min read
A federal appellate court upheld the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit filed by West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. against an Illinois attorney for allegedly failing to adequately represent it against a workers' compensation claim filed against one of its policyholders. ...Read More
L&I May Decrease Discount Rate 12/23/2016
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 957 | 0 | Popular with Media | 3 min read
Washington's Department of Labor and Industries will hold a public hearing on Jan. 24 to consider decreasing the pension discount rate. The current pension discount rate is 6.3%. L&I has worked with the Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee to develop a plan to reduce that ...Read More
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