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Undocumented, and Unprotected? MT: Illegal Immigrants are Entitled to ‘Same Coverage as Anyone Else’

11.15.2017

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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Helena, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) – There is no clear state law in Montana on allowing undocumented workers to receive workers’ compensation benefits, and it appears efforts to revive a...
11.15.2017

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Comp and Cannabis: NV Grows into a Dual Med/Rec Use State after a Slightly Rough Start

11.15.2017

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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Carson City, NV (WorkersCompensation.com) - Nevada seems to have come a long way since the summer of 2017, when the sale of recreational marijuana began and thousands of people flocked to dispensary doors. Customers were told product was...
11.15.2017

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OK ACLU Files Suit Against a Second ‘Slave Labor’ Drug Recovery Program

11.15.2017

By Liz Carey

Oklahoma City, OK (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Oklahoma ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday alleging human trafficking and wage/hour violations against a drug recovery program. 

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of seven men who participated in D.A.R.P., Inc., a drug and alcohol recovery program, located in Tahlequah, OK. According to the suit, the men entered the treatment program in order to avoid jail time. As...
11.15.2017

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OH Atty General Outlines Opioid ‘Recovery’ Plan with the Bureau of Work Comp

11.15.2017

By Liz Carey

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – Part of a 12-point “recovery plan” for Ohio’s opioid crisis would enlist the aid of the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, OH Attorney General Mike DeWine said. 

The plan, announced at the end of October, would begin two pilot programs within the bureau to incentivize employers who work with employees in recovery from opioid addiction.

According to Dan Tierney,...
11.15.2017

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FL Contractor Arrested in $1M Fraud Scheme

11.15.2017

By Liz Carey

Jacksonville, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Florida contractor arrested in a $1 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme remains in custody after failing to post bond and filing for indigent status.

Authorities with Florida’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) arrested Carlos Contreras in October, charging him with workers’ compensation fraud after a months-long investigation. Authorities said Contreras claimed to only have $273,786 in annual payroll, but investigators discovered that Contreras had cashed more...
11.15.2017

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? Illegal Immigrants in NM are Entitled to Medical Benefits

11.08.2017

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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Santa Fe, NM (WorkersCompensation.com) – In New Mexico, workers’ compensation benefits for undocumented workers materialized through case law, not through any specific state statutes. The case, Gonzalez v....
11.08.2017

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Comp and Cannabis: NY’s Workers’ Comp Board Reimburses Qualified Injured Workers in Med Marijuana

11.08.2017

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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The Empire State, including the Big Apple New York City, took a bite out of medical marijuana about two years ago. 

“Since New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) launched less than...
11.08.2017

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NY: To Hold a Convention or Not? The Decision Could Affect Work Comp

11.08.2017

By Jim Thompson

New York City, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - Labor unions concerned about a potentially negative impact on workers’ compensation and other workplace protections are part of a coalition that has apparently turned the tide against a proposal on Nov. 7 ballots that would set up a state constitutional convention in New York. 

According to numerous media reports, a poll by Siena College, an independent Roman Catholic liberal arts college in upstate New York, shows...
11.08.2017

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Confidential Records? With Workers’ Comp Policies, it Depends on the State

11.08.2017

By Liz Carey

An Indiana appeals court has rejected a request from LexisNexis Risk Solutions for workers' compensation records, saying the records sought, which could include data on premiums, are confidential.

The ruling comes after LexisNexis Risk Solutions sued the state for access to policy records that were previously compiled by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).

According to court records, the state contracted with NCCI in 1998 to collect policy data. In 2013, that contract...
11.08.2017

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Rousmaniere: Three Things in the Future for Workers’ Comp

11.08.2017

By Peter Rousmaniere

A.M. Best recently reported on the workers’ compensation market that premium growth is flat. It cautioned that insurers must protect their profit margins by better claims management. They cannot depend, it said, on either higher investment returns or premium growth for profits as much as they have done in the past. 

On the heels of Best’s assessment, now comes an annual report on the state of workers’ compensation...
11.08.2017

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CA DWC Suspends Three Medical Providers for Fraud

11.03.2017

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has suspended three more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 52.  DWC Administrative Director George Parisotto issued Orders of Suspension against the following providers:

Byong Chun “David” Min of Irvine pled guilty on April 20, 2016 to health care fraud and illegal kickbacks. Min, co-owner and operator of Glory...
11.03.2017

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National: High State Work Comp Premiums Can Lead Big Companies, Including Toyota and Mazda, Elsewher

11.03.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Workers’ compensation insurance premiums and protocols are sharing the blame for the state of Illinois losing out on two — and possibly three — massive economic development opportunities, reflecting concerns in other states regarding how issues related to workers’ comp programs can hinder attraction of new business and industry.

In recent months, Illinois lost opportunities to host Foxconn, an LCD panel manufacturer whose 13,000 jobs eventually went to...
11.03.2017

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? AL Comp Coverage System is ‘Better for Workers AND Employers’

11.03.2017

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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Montgomery, AL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Alabama provides full workers’ compensation benefits under the law, despite someone being in the country illegally, according to established case law.

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11.03.2017

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Comp and Cannabis in AK: Taking a Proactive and Reactive Approach to Marijuana

11.03.2017

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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Juneau, AK (WorkersCompensation.com) – Within 50 miles from Russia, Alaska might seem pretty far off from the rest of the U.S. But, The Last Frontier state is familiarizing itself with medical and recreational use of marijuana, just...
11.03.2017

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Your Phone Can Help You be a Safer Driver

11.03.2017

Work Safe, Texas Blog

In 2015, distracted driving accounted for nearly nine fatalities each day in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These distractions often stem from our smart phones. We’ve shared tips on how to reduce these distractions, by alerting friends and family that you will be unavailable, setting up your podcast or music before the wheels start rolling, or turning your phone off. Following these tips can help you and...
11.03.2017

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You Have a Work Comp Dental Injury…Pre-Existing Versus Related

11.01.2017

Written by Jacob Berger, DMD | EZ Dental Care, Inc.

A causality dilemma can be summed up as “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In dental workers compensation terms, which came first, the injury or the bad teeth?

It is very common for a dentist to tell a patient that has been involved in an accident with dental trauma that he or she needs to have other dental needs taken care of as well...
11.01.2017

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In AZ, a Worker’s Status is (Usually) ‘Not Relevant’ After a Claim is Filed

10.25.2017

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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Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) – Undocumented workers in Arizona do receive workers’ compensation benefits under state law. The state identifies “aliens” as “employees,” thanks to...
10.25.2017

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It Is Time to Re-Educate Our Industry Regarding the Grand Bargain

10.25.2017

By Bob Wilson (Bob's Cluttered Desk)

I honestly did not know what to expect, yet I was somewhat shocked by the results. And it is making me rethink much about our current educational strategies.

I’ve had the tremendous fortune over the last few years to present at numerous conferences and seminars about various areas of workers’ compensation. Many of those presentations mentioned the “Grand Bargain”, yet, it wasn’t until...
10.25.2017

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Comp and Cannabis: Will SQ 788 Be Enough to Legalize Medicinal Marijuana in OK?

10.25.2017

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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Oklahoma City, OK (WorkersCompensation.com) – Oklahoma State Question 788 could stir things up a bit in the state known for its many types of agricultural crops.  Also known as “The Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative,” the...
10.25.2017

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Workers’ Comp May Not Be Best or the Only Remedy in Workplace Sexual Assaults

10.25.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Fallout from the massively publicized sexual assault allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein — perhaps most notably, the use of the #MeToo social media hashtag — indicates that sexual misconduct is a depressingly regular workplace occurrence.

However, questions of how — or even whether — injuries resulting from workplace sexual assaults are pursued through workers’ compensation claims is difficult to answer. In large part, that’s...
10.25.2017

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