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Rousmaniere: Sparking Better Employer Practices 05/30/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: | 811 | 0
Public Citizen, a Washington D.C.-based public interest group, issued on May 6 "Aim Higher: New York Should Reform Its Workers' Compensation Laws to Reduce Injuries." The report zeros in on...Read More
Ruling Adds Insult to Injury on Issues of Credit, Medical Testimony 05/21/2014
By: Timothy J. O'Gorman
State: IL | Segment: | 1488 | 0
In Compass Group v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 2014 Ill.App.3d 121283WC, petitioner alleged an injury while lifting a case of pop when he felt an onset of pain and purports to have ...Read More
Rousmaniere: Stepping Up to Wellness? 05/16/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: | 624 | 0
Those who pay workers' compensation costs are giving more serious attention to the connection between personal health of the workforce and work injuries.   This connection can smack you in the face.  Many truc...Read More
RBRVS and Calif. Workers' Comp is Like Mixing Oil and Water 05/06/2014
By: Fred Kumetz and Sunjanel Avecilla
State: CA | Segment: | 1108 | 0
On Jan. 1, 2014, as part of Senate Bill 863, the California Division of Workers' Compensation replaced the Official Medical Fee Schedule with a new schedule based on the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale and Medicare. This change was imposed at the 11th hour of a legislative session with littl...Read More
Rousmaniere: Who Protects Workers from Injury? 05/03/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: | 802 | 0
The individual worker observes, learns and adapts to hazards to stay safe. But the employer's role is usually overwhelmingly important in preventing injury.  Somebody may need to push management to correct a poor safety record, and that somebody often is an outsider.  Who might it be? ...Read More
Rousmaniere: The Burden of Disabilities Falls Unevenly 04/18/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: | 1028 | 0
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Council for Compensation Insurance have reported long-running improvements in work injury risk.  Over the past 20 years, the government-tallied rate of lost-time injuries and illnesses has declined by 60%. Is the American worker r...Read More
Rousmaniere: Has the Burden of Disabilities for Workers Changed? 04/07/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: | 609 | 0
The Bureau of Labor Statistic's reported rates of work fatalities and work injuries continue their long-term decline.  The National Council on Compensation Insurance has been reporting decline in lost time claim frequency for years. The trends as report by both sources over the past decade or t...Read More
Rousmaniere: How Many Don't File Workers' Comp Claims? 03/25/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: | 588 | 0
As the Affordable Care Act passes through more phases of implementation, it sets off waves of estimates of its impact on workers’ compensation. The most popular contest among estimators is guessing if universal health insurance will result in fewer workers' compensation claims. ...Read More
Recent Case Law for Texas 10/14/2013
By: WCC Staff
State: TX | Segment: | 536 | 0
NEW! BPU Management v. OWCP, 12-60289, (10/08/2013): A dockworker who suffered an injury while cleaning the underground tunnel through which conveyor belts moved bauxite ore that had been offloaded from ships in the adjoin...Read More
Respondent Brief in Opposition to the Caldera Cert Petition Filed 09/19/2013
By: Jennifer Jordan
State: NA | Segment: | 668 | 0
On Sept. 11, 2013, The Insurance Co. of the State of Pennsylvania (ICSP) responded to Guadalupe Caldera’s appeal to the Supreme Court. In the 42-page brief, respondent provides several “Reasons to Deny the Writ,” none of which are terribly substantive. Respondent begins...Read More
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