Workers’ Compensation

Texas Labor Law Posters

All Texas employers participating in the workers’ compensation system must post notice of the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) Ombudsman Program. The notice must be displayed in the personnel office, if the employer has a personnel office, and in the workplace where each employee is likely to see the notice on a regular basis. Read more

Connecticut Labor Law Posters

Employers in the state of Connecticut are required, once again, to update their labor law posters to be in compliance with new state changes. The changes include a new protected class under the Human Rights Law and new information on claims for workers’ compensation. Last month, Connecticut posters were updated with the new mandatory pregnancy Read more

Maine Court Debates Medicaln Weed and Workers' Comp

The Maine Supreme Court began hearings last week to determine whether medical marijuana treatment should be considered reimbursable under a workers’ compensation claim. Although Maine instituted its medical marijuana program in 1999, this is the first time the superior court has addressed how the law interacts with the state‘s workers’ compensation law. Medical marijuana is Read more

North Dakota Workers' Comp Crackdown

Although budget battles with Governor Doug Burgum and the ramp-up to medical marijuana stole headlines, several bills passed during North Dakota’s 2017 legislative session signaled the state’s  increased commitment to ensuring care for injured workers – without raising premiums for employers who fulfill their existing obligations under the law. Effective August 1, 2017, two laws Read more

Starting December 01, 2016, workers’ compensation insurance rates in Florida are set to rise by an average of 14.5 percent statewide. The rate increase is intended to offset the impact of recent legally-mandated revisions to the Florida Workers’ Compensation Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual, as well as two recent Florida Supreme Court decisions which overturned Read more

Employers covered by the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law must now post the revised Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights summary. Released by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, the summary includes new compensation benefit amounts increased by enacted H.B 818. Starting July 1, 2016, an employer must pay a weekly benefit equal to two-thirds of the Read more

During Utah’s 2016 legislative session, a bill modifying the Workers’ Compensation Act to address volunteers was passed. The enacted bill (S. 76), which became effective May 10th, provides that volunteers are not employees for purposes of workers’ compensation, unless the nongovernment entity chooses to cover the volunteer with workers’ compensation coverage. A volunteer is defined Read more

New California Workers’ Compensation regulations went into effect on January 1, 2016. The regulations revised several employee benefit notices so that injured workers have a clearer understanding of their rights and responsibilities in the workers’ compensation claims process and to reduce litigation. The regulations also revised the mandatory Workers’ Compensation posting, Notice to Employees – Read more

There is great news for South Dakota employees’ sustaining a work-related injury and have more than one job. The South Dakota Supreme Court has recently determined that an employee’s wages from all jobs could be used to calculate his or her average weekly wage for purposes of workers’ compensation benefits. The decision comes after a Read more