Workers Compensation Reform

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South Carolina has a New Medical Services Provider Manual for the First Time in Five Years!

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission publishes two sets of policy and procedure manuals, commonly referred to as fee schedules, for the cost of providing medical care to injured workers. One schedule is for...more

Will proposed workers’ comp changes help injured Illinois workers or harm them?

Workers’ compensation is designed to help injured employees recover after a trauma on the job. Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois is currently proposing a number of changes to state workers’ compensation law....more

Virginia Significantly Raises Worker Misclassification Fines

Worker misclassification remains a number one target area for both state and federal review. On July 1, 2014, the Virginia Workers Compensation Act (the “VWCA”) significantly increased the civil penalties that the state can...more

Occupational Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder of Police Officers

Recently, I wrote a blog post about PTSD in which I discussed the Nevada Supreme Court's decision in the McGrath case, involving a police officer whose stress claim was denied because she claimed that a series of events over...more

New 2% Net Present Value Rate is Effective Today (June 2014)

June 27, 2014. Perhaps not a day that will “live in infamy,” but it is important nonetheless to stakeholders of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system. Prior to June 27, 2014, all lump sum payments were commuted at a...more

Does the Workers' Compensation Commission Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Claims for Referral Fees?

In the closing days of its May term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal from a decision of the Appellate Court for the Second District in Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito. Ferris,...more

EEOC’s Washington Field Office to Hold Advanced EEO Workshops on July 17 in Washington

Expert Attorneys Will Speak on Cutting-Edge Issues - WASHINGTON -- The EEOC Training Institute and Washington Field Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are pleased to announce their 7th ...more

North Carolina House Attempting to Revive Bill Ousting the Full Commission

Shortly after SB10 failed to pass the NC House 0-116, members of the House are now trying to revive the bill. ...more

Burr Alert: Employer-Friendly Overhaul Of Tennessee Workers’ Compensation System Passes In The Legislature

The Tennessee legislature has passed a workers’ compensation reform bill that significantly changes the way claims are handled in Tennessee after July 1, 2014. Though Governor Bill Haslam has not yet signed the bill, he is...more

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