A recent troubling experience led me to thoughts about telecommuting, workers’ comp and how employers can protect themselves against unnecessary claims.
The short version of my sad tale is this: Living in Florida (sorry northeasterners!), brings with it concerns about critters &ndas...Read More
In what can be nothing other than a coordinated move, both OSHA and ProPublica on March 4 released major reports targeting similar workers' comp issues. ProPublica's report was coproduced with National Public Radio.
The Demolition of Workers' Comp
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In the past few weeks, events 680 miles apart sharpened the debate over the merits of workers’ compensation opt-out.
In Nashville, state senator Mark Green submitted a bill, SB 721, to create an opt-out system in Tennessee. He had advice and support from ...Read More
NEW! Rincones v. WHM Custom Services et al., 13-11-00075-CV, (02/12/2015): Workers' compensation exclusive remedy did not protect a business from a negligence claim filed by a worker who alleged that he was fired after a mandatory drug test falsely indicated that he had used marijuana, the Te...Read More
NEW! Texas Department of Insurance v. Mensch, 04-14-00449-CV, (01/14/2015): The 4th District Court of Appeals said that a worker could not get a court order compelling the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation to review a carrier's denial of preauthorization for dental work relat...Read More
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Workers’ compensation in Texas is at a happy moment. Employers expect premium decreases in 2015 of over 10%, driving the state further down the rankings of states in terms of workers’ compensation insurance costs. Insurers, enjoying combined loss ratios of around 90%, can easily affor...Read More
North Carolina is considering adopting evidence-based guidelines for medical care of injured workers. According to a WorkCompCentral news article on Oct. 13 by Joey Berlin, the state admires how Texas appears to have successfully used guidelines. The guidelines and pre-authorization there, per a ...Read More