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Workers’ Comp and Halloween: It Might Be a Scary Time for Employers

10.25.2017

By Liz Carey

Chicago, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – While Halloween may be time for employers to relax and celebrate a little with their employees, employers should be careful that they are not making themselves liable at the same time, one expert says. 

Attorney Philippe Weiss, Managing Director of Seyfarth Shaw at Work in Chicago, cautions employers that even innocent pranks could result in scary workers’ compensation claims, if not employee and client backlash. 

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10.25.2017

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11 Red Flags of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

10.18.2017

By Michael Stack

As an employer, you must be vigilant in your efforts to protect your company from the few employees who do commit workers compensation fraud.   Adjusters often refer to possible fraud in a workers comp claim as looking for “red flags.” A “red flag” is anything standing out from the ordinary.

Any one of the items on the following list of “red flag” do not prove...
10.18.2017

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? IL Allows Coverage to ‘Aliens,’ Based on Previous Ruling

10.18.2017

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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Chicago, IL (Workerscompensation.com) – Undocumented workers in Illinois can experience full benefits under state law. It stems from a 2008 case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was injured...
10.18.2017

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Comp and Cannabis: No Injured Worker Coverage in WA, but Options Do Exist

10.18.2017

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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Among the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, Washington took the leap five years ago. While recreational and medicinal marijuana are legal with the proper certification, unlicensed home grows are illegal, and any purchased marijuana product has...
10.18.2017

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TX: Wife of Slain Officer Goes to Court for Workers’ Comp Death Benefits

10.18.2017

By Liz Carey

Pearland, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – For the third time, the wife of a Pearland police officer killed by a drunk driver while on duty will go to court to prove she is entitled to his workers’ compensation benefits.

Lucy Lugo, common law wife of officer Endy Ekpanya, has already proven in court twice that she is entitled to Ekpanya’s death benefits. Now a lawsuit by the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk...
10.18.2017

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OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Texas and Louisiana

10.18.2017

By OSHA

Dallas, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - On Oct. 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which had ceased most programmed enforcement actions following Hurricane Harvey, resumed normal enforcement throughout Texas and Louisiana.

Following Hurricane Harvey, OSHA provided compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers in a number of counties and parishes in Texas and Louisiana. This action enabled OSHA’s staff to provide faster and more flexible...
10.18.2017

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? In TX, it is About More than Status

10.11.2017

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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Austin, TX (Workerscompesnation.com) – In Texas, some undocumented immigrants do receive workers’ comp benefits, but much depends on who they are working for at the time they are...
10.11.2017

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Comp and Cannabis in KS: No (Medical) Edibles, Vapes, Joints, Brownies to Be Seen

10.11.2017

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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Two agricultural states remain mum on general recognition regarding medical marijuana as a treatment: The potato state, Idaho, and the sunflower state, Kansas, according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).   

As of 2017, there was...
10.11.2017

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Record Premiums, But Some Challenges for Workers’ Comp Insurers, Study Says

10.11.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Workers’ compensation insurers posted a record high in direct premiums written last year, but a rating agency sees some issues in the sector, according to a recent report. 

Insurers, on the other hand, see their current situation as a routine part of a regular business cycle.

Last month, the A.M. Best Company, which provides credit ratings and financial data to the insurance industry, issued...
10.11.2017

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Sleeplessness, Fatigue are Safety Issues in the Workplace, Study Says

10.11.2017

By Liz Carey

Indianapolis, IN (WorkersCompensation.com) – According to a study by the National Safety Council (NSC), sleeplessness and fatigue can cost employers millions in decreased productivity, missed work and employee health issues. 

Last week, the NSC and the Bingham Health Sleep Matters Initiative released a tool that will help employers see just how much fatigue is costing them. NSC estimates that the average Fortune 500 company could see as much as $80 million a year in...
10.11.2017

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LV: MGM Resorts Locks Down Hotels and Offers Counseling to Employees

10.11.2017

By Liz Carey

Las Vegas, NV (WorkersCompensation.com) – Following the shooting of nearly 600 people during a country music concert in Las Vegas, MGM Hotels immediately offered trauma and grief counseling to all of its employees and guests.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 515 people were injured on Sunday, Oct. 1 around 10 p.m., when a guest at MGM Hotels’ Mandalay Bay opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert crowd of more than 22,000 people....
10.11.2017

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? In NY, Full Workers’ Comp Benefits Are Available to Illegal Immigrant

10.04.2017

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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New York, NY (Workerscompensation.com) – Those who come to the United States illegally and remain here as undocumented could see full workers’ compensation benefits if hurt on the...
10.04.2017

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Comp and Cannabis: Medical Marijuana in FL ‘Isn’t Going Away’

10.04.2017

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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There are 12 approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) dispersed across the state of Florida, with cultivating, processing and dispensing authorities, according to Mara Gambineri, communications director for the state Dept. of Health.

The qualification process to...
10.04.2017

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‘Ex-mods’ Can Be Problematic for Some Employers

10.04.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Experience modification rating — on paper, a fairly straightforward way of translating a business’s past experience in workplace injury claims into a workers’ compensation insurance rate at policy renewal — can, in actual practice, introduce some inequities into the calculation of what some businesses should be paying. 

Known variously as EMRs, e-mods, mod rates or experience ratings, experience modification rating became part of premium calculations...
10.04.2017

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Appellate Court Renews Dancers’ Claim Against Men’s Club; Mary Kay Sellers Take Note

10.04.2017

By Liz Carey

Rahway, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) –  The ruling in a New Jersey appellate court in a case by two dancers against a men’s club is not only going back to court, but also is generating interest from some Mary Kay Cosmetics sellers. 

In August 2015, Alissa Moon and Yasmeen Davis filed suit in District Court against Breathless Men’s Club, claiming that the club illegally misclassified them as independent contractors to...
10.04.2017

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‘Haunt’-repreneurs Focus on Safety, Fun at Haunted Attractions Around the Country

10.04.2017

By Liz Carey

Anderson, SC (WorkersCompensation.com) – While everything seems scary on the surface of the Madworld Haunted Attraction, behind the scenes owners Joseph and Tim Thompson make sure the work environment of the popular Halloween attraction is anything but frightening.

Like hauntrepreneurs, haunted house builders and house attraction owners across the country, the Thompson brothers put together the haunted attraction as a way to entertain people, but for them it is also a business —...
10.04.2017

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Comp and Cannabis: CO Stuck in ‘Limbo’

09.27.2017

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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Colorado leads the rest of the nation as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, but an uncertainty exists on the medical side of the industry, notes Paul Tauriello, Director of the Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation, in...
09.27.2017

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Undocumented, and Unprotected? Benefits for Illegal Immigrants Are Tough in ID

09.27.2017

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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Boise, ID (WorkersCompensation.com) – Idaho is in the minority when it comes to giving workers’ compensation benefits to illegal immigrants. State law makes it extremely difficult to obtain...
09.27.2017

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Congress, Courts Consider Gig Economy

09.27.2017

By Liz Carey

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Congressional hearings on one side of the country, and lawsuits on the other, may help to reshape the very nature of the gig economy, experts say. 

A new study by the Guardian Insurance Co., found that many of those workers may be financially vulnerable, however, due to a lack of traditional employee benefits. The report, "Part-Time Nation," found:

75 percent lack health insurance 68 percent aren’t...
09.27.2017

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Tech in Workers’ Comp Goes Beyond Wearable Monitors

09.27.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - A technological revolution is advancing in workers’ compensation on two fronts — the treatment (and prevention) of workplace injuries, and the close monitoring of claims for signs of fraud.

However, the increasing reliance on technology on both of those fronts will continue to require a human touch to ensure their effectiveness, according to two experts.

The use of wearable health monitors — think FitBits and the...
09.27.2017

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