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Utah 2017 Legislative Update – Employment Law Issues

by Payne & Fears on

The 2017 session of the Utah Legislature produced few bills affecting employment law; but two bills recently signed by the Governor and one bill that was not passed this year may have an impact on Utah businesses....more

Iowa Workers' Compensation Reform Update

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Governor Branstad signed the workers’ compensation reform bill into law Thursday, March 30. The bill affects injuries on or after July 1, 2017....more

Another Year, a Higher Maximum Compensation Rate

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

We generally are pleased with the economy when it grows and income rises. Last year was no different. While income increased on average only a small percentage, our maximum compensation rate, which is tied to the state’s...more

New Year, New Workers’ Comp “Opt Out” Rule For Execs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New legislation effective 2017 will expand California workers’ compensation coverage by requiring coverage for certain high-level individuals unless they affirmatively opt out and waive coverage, thereby...more

Workers Compensation: Opt Out in Wisconsin?

by Ruder Ware on

In 2014 Oklahoma enacted a radical change to its workers’ compensation statute, and on September 13, 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that it violates the state constitution. The case is Dillard’s, Inc. v. Vasquez, 2016...more

NEW UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

In two previous posts, on April 19, 2016 and June 21, 2016, we reported on the EquityComp workers’ compensation program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters (Applied) and California Insurance...more

Argentina’s New Leadership and How it Affects Insurance

by Zelle LLP on

Following last year’s elections, the political and economic landscape is changing in Argentina. Where new economic opportunities arise, (re)insurance follows. Along with new demand for commercial insurance products, the legal...more

2016 Changes to Tennessee Workers’ Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

This year, there are several notable revisions to TN law regarding workers’ compensation. First, reasonable attorney fees and costs can be awarded to the employee and his/her counsel when the employer fails to initiate...more

Workers’ Compensation premiums remain high despite lowered costs

by Howard Ankin on

In 2011, Illinois passed reforms to workers’ compensation to bring down the costs and it appears to have worked. Rates are down 24 percent, however this has not translated into measurable savings for workers. Workers gave up...more

Court sets aside portions of Oklahoma's new workers' comp law

by McAfee & Taft on

It has been just over two years since Oklahoma’s completely overhauled workers’ compensation system went into effect. Since then, various provisions have come under attack by employees. Shortly after the effective date, the...more

Technological and Information Concerns Highlight NAIC Spring 2016 National Meeting

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring 2016 National Meeting, which was held from April 3 – 6 in New Orleans, offered insight into numerous issues being considered by state commissioners nationwide....more

What Can Employers Expect from the 2016 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On February 3, 2016, the 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on May 4, 2016. Numerous proposed bills affecting Connecticut employers and employees will be unleashed...more

Florida’s Workers’ Comp System Goes Back to the Future . . . at the Expense of Your Premiums

On April 16, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court will hear another in a long line of cases brought by plaintiffs’ lawyers trying to turn the clock back on Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law. Before 2003, employers in Florida had...more

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

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

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?

by Howard Ankin on

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

by Sands Anderson PC on

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

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

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

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

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

by Burr & Forman on

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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