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Undocumented, and Unprotected? No Work Comp Benefits for Illegal Immigrants in WY… Mostly

01.17.2018

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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Cheyenne, WY (WorkersCompensation.com) – Unlike many states in this series where there is some gray area in regard to workers’ comp benefits for undocumented workers, in Wyoming, the law is pretty...
01.17.2018

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AZ Just Might Be Protected from Attorney General Jeff Session’s Promised Marijuana Hunt

01.17.2018

By Dara Barney

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Grand Canyon State hit the news recently, perhaps with a law that might keep medical marijuana users out of trouble with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on his promised hunt for federally illegal...
01.17.2018

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Bob’s Top Ten Predictions for 2018

01.17.2018

By Bob Wilson

It is once again that time of year, where I dust off my crystal ball and gaze into the not so distant future to determine and predict what lies ahead for the workers’ compensation industry. My (less than annually produced) predictions for the coming year have become legendary (mostly in my own mind) if for no other reason that they so often prove to be spectacularly inaccurate. Still, being generally too stupid to recognize failure...
01.17.2018

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CA: Tax Laws May Inadvertently Spur Growth in Gig Economy

01.17.2018

By Liz Carey

San Diego, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – New reforms to the tax laws may spur growth in the gig economy, some experts say.

Within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was a provision which will allow sole proprietors to deduct 20 percent of their annual revenue from their taxable income.

Analysts say the tax savings could be up to $15,000 for working couples, enough to entice employees to become independent contractors.

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01.17.2018

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NCCI Report: MT Workers Use More Opioids for Longer

01.17.2018

By Liz Carey

Billings, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) – A recent report to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry showed that injured workers in Montana are not only more likely to be on opioids for pain, but also to be still on those drugs years after their injury.

According to a report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, in Montana in 2016, nearly 61 percent of the prescriptions written for injured workers were for opioids, and that 40 percent...
01.17.2018

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Comp and Cannabis: MI Sees an Update in its ‘Marihuana’ Licensing Process

01.10.2018

By Dara Barney

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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Lansing, MI (WorkersCompensation.com) – As local law enforcement “beefs up” with excess state funds from medical marijuana patient/caregiver costs, dispensaries/pot businesses prepare to go through the anticipated licensing process to grow/open up...
01.10.2018

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? GA Also Silent on the Word ‘Alien’

01.10.2018

By Phil Yacuboski

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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Atlanta, GA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Much like many other states, undocumented workers are given workers’ compensation benefits, because Georgia’s statute is silent on the word “aliens...
01.10.2018

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4-1-1 on Comp: Five Things to Know about Wellness Programs in Workers’ Comp for 2018

01.10.2018

By Bruce Burk

2018 has just begun and now is the time when everyone is making their new year’s resolutions. Now is a great time to talk about employee wellness programs while everyone is striving to get healthier and go to the gym more often. Wellness programs have potential to save both carriers and employers money. Here is five things you should know about wellness programs in workers’ compensation for 2018.

1) Wellness Programs Can Increase Employee...
01.10.2018

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SC Gov. Signs Executive Order Limiting Initial Prescription of Opioids to Five Days

01.10.2018

By Liz Carey

Columbia, SC (WorkersCompensation.com) – Prior to the holidays, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, citing an opioid epidemic in his state, signed an executive order limiting the initial prescription of opioids to five days. 

In a press conference in Columbia, McMaster announced he would be implementing a comprehensive, statewide response to the “opioid epidemic” and declare a statewide public health emergency as a result. The emergency declaration allows state officials, private...
01.10.2018

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Snow, Bitter Cold Shuts Down East Coast Businesses, Roadways

01.10.2018

By Liz Carey

Georgetown, SC (WorkersCompensation.com) – As tourist locations along the southeastern seaboard shuttered businesses and hunkered down for a rare winter snow storm, employers throughout the Northeast prepared for a “bomb cyclone.” 

By Thursday morning, coastal cities from Tallahassee, FL to Savannah, GA to Myrtle Beach, SC saw from snow in amounts ranging from less than an inch in Florida to six inches in South Carolina.

The snow shut...
01.10.2018

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OH Program Won’t Call for Smoking, but it will Allow for Edibles and Vaping

01.03.2018

By Dara Barney

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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With Ohio’s medical program operations expected to be up and running by Sept. 8, 2018, there’s a lot to be done by way of green potions, extractions and products.

“At least 22 of the 24...
01.03.2018

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MO: Former NBA Player Pleads Guilty to Charity Fraud Scheme

01.03.2018

By Phil Yacuboski

Kansas City, MO (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former NBA player has pleaded guilty in federal court, to charges related to a charity fraud scheme that involved payments to a workers’ compensation attorney. 

Kermit Washington, 66, of Las Vegas, NV pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false statement in a tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft at the beginning of the month.

Washington played for several NBA...
01.03.2018

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BLS: Workplace Deaths Continue to Rise

01.03.2018

By Liz Carey

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – For the third year in a row, workplace fatalities have increased, to the highest level since 2010.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 fatal workplace injuries in 2016, a 7 percent increase over 2015. The increase brings the fatal injury rate to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTE), up from a rate of 3.4 in 2015.

Fatalities as a result of transportation incidents accounted for 40 percent of the workplace fatalities,...
01.03.2018

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CA: Fighting Fire, Sometimes Without a Work Comp Safety Net

01.03.2018

By Liz Carey

Ventura, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Despite the dangers firefighting holds, many of the firefighters battling California’s three wildfires aren’t covered by workers’ compensation.   

As the Thomas wildfire and two other fires in Southern California rage across more than 245,000 acres of land, many of the firefighters are volunteers and prison inmates.

And some of the firefighters are workers for contractors hired by the state and are...
01.03.2018

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4-1-1 on Comp: Seven Ways Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Work Comp

01.03.2018

By Bruce Burk

Recently, industry expert Peter Rousmaniere explored how artificial intelligence (AI) could work for comp here. Artificial Intelligence is changing the way people work, receive information, and organize their lives. It is also changing how litigation is conducted and how people receive medical care. For that reason, workers’ compensation is also changing in the digital age through seven key ways outlined in this article. 

Telehealth

Telehealth is the combination of telecommunications...
01.03.2018

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The Fraud Audit

12.28.2017

By Julius Young

The California State Auditor recently released a December 2017 audit report on fraud in the California workers’ comp system.

An unusual crossfire resulted, as the California Department of Insurance (the CDI) accepted the audit recommendations, but the Department of Industrial Relations disputed the recommendations, causing the State Auditor to fire back in rebuttal to the DIR’s response.

What’s up with all of this?

The...
12.28.2017

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OR Statute Silent on the Words ‘Illegal, Legal,’ and ‘Aliens’

12.28.2017

By Phil Yacuboski

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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Salem, OR (WorkersCompensation.com) – In Oregon, all workers are covered under workers’ compensation, with few exceptions. Those exceptions are vocational retraining, as a worker must prove they are a...
12.28.2017

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LA Med Marijuana Program to Start Soon, But Don’t Expect to be Smoking It

12.28.2017

By Dara Barney

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

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Baton Rouge, LA (WorkersCompensation.com) – In the land of Mardi Gras, it seems the number of doctors who have completed the application process to dispense marijuana is low, especially with the start date for the medical marijuana...
12.28.2017

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Bob’s 2017 Predictions - How Did I Fare?

12.28.2017

By Bob Wilson

In the first week of January 2017, I boldly laid forth within the pages of this blog a work of tremendous consequence. It was the issuance of my (occasionally) annual ritual of predictions and prognostications for the coming year. At that point in time, it was the most widely read Cluttered Desk piece for the year. Of course, it was just the fourth article to be published in 2017, so that isn’t really saying much. Still,...
12.28.2017

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PA Nuclear Plant Denies Retaliation for Comp Claims

12.28.2017

By Liz Carey

Susquehanna, PA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Pennsylvania nuclear energy company admits it docked workers’ bonuses, but denied it was in retaliation for filing an on-the-job injury claims, according to a lawsuit against the company by the US Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor filed the lawsuit in US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in September accusing Susquehanna Nuclear, a subsidiary of Talen Energy, of docking two employees’ bonuses...
12.28.2017

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