A more focused and timely use of IME is a strategy worthy of consideration by employers and carriers seeking to improve work comp programs.
Under current federal standards, most employers can test for drug use only when hiring an employee.
To save you time, here’s a sampling of workers' compensation and insurance news from around the country, each in 300 words or less.
Negligence of a landlord and her contractors caused a seven-alarm fire in New York City’s East Village last year.
J.M. Wilson Adds Benda, Mandwee
By Joan Collier
Not a Lot of Options Out There
By Joan E. Collier
The numbers do not appear to be working for proponents of optional workers’ compensation plans. We have 50 states, and only two—Texas and Oklahoma—allow employers to opt in/out...
A doctor in California made the news last October, and then again last week. According to the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Shiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was convicted last October of murder. That is, convicted of taking human lives, three of them. More died, but she was prosecuted for three.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called Zika an international public health emergency. The insurance industry is taking notice. Civil authorities have already begun to issue notices, like the Center for Disease Control’s travel notices for areas in which Zika transmission is occurring. As highlighted by Marsh in a recent blog post, the potential for action by civil authorities can create problems for some policyholders.
After we were all inundated with direct-to-consumer advertising from the pharma industry on Sunday evening, I thought I'd share some potentially good news from federal regulators (the same regulators that would do us all a favor by banning DTC advertising from pharma). The emphasis here is on the word "potentially."
Warning – rant follows… The two main takeaways from last night’s SuperBowl are: A really good defense and great defensive plan can beat a really good young quarterback. Drugs are where the money is.