June 21, 2017

WCRI: 10-18% of Injured Workers in 15 States Never Reached Substantial RTW

WCRI

Cambridge, MA – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently released six new state studies published by compare outcomes of injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin as well as nine other states. The outcomes examined include recovery of physical…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Secures 11 Convictions in May

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohioans convicted in May of workers’ compensation fraud and related charges include a Cleveland-area man serving time in a federal prison on corruption charges, a former Toledo man working as a home inspector in Tennessee and two men who claimed to be permanently disabled but were earning tens of thousands…[Continue Reading]

OR Restaurant & Lodging Association and SAIF Team Up to Reduce Worker Injuries

SAIF

Salem, OR – The restaurant and lodging industries face some of the most difficult workplace safety challenges. To help protect the more than 167,000 workers engaged in making Oregon’s dining and overnight experiences picture perfect, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) and SAIF are joining forces. With SAIF’s…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Honors Ten Employers for Outstanding Workplace Safety

MEMIC

Portland, ME – At its recent Annual Meeting of the Policyholders, The MEMIC Group presented awards for workplace safety to ten of its more than 20,000 policyholders. MEMIC Senior Vice President of Loss Control and Safety Services Karl Siegfried paid tribute to the following employers for their workplace safety efforts at the Portland…[Continue Reading]

VT DOL Announces David Lahr as New Workforce Development Director

Vermont State Logo

Montpelier, VT – Commissioner of Labor Lindsay Kurrle recently announced the appointment of long-time Department of Labor employee David Lahr as the new Workforce Development Division Director. “As we work to align statewide workforce, education, and economic development resources necessary to develop a vibrant economy…[Continue Reading]

GA Doc Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Medical Exam Records for Truck Drivers

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Atlanta, GA – Dr. Anthony Lefteris recently pleaded guilty to multiple counts of falsifying documents and to entering false information into the records of the U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) for selling false medical certifications used to obtain commercial driver’s licenses. “Dr. Lefteris was entrusted to examine commercial…[Continue Reading]

CO Gov Signs Worker Safety Bill into Law During CO Workplace Safety Month

Colorado State Seal

Denver, CO – Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed into law The Colorado Uninsured Employer Act (HB17-1119) to provide assistance to workers who are injured on the job. Among other provisions, this bill allows the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Division of Workers’ Compensation to establish a new “Uninsured…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Bar Owner Ignores BWC Debt, Pays After Liquor Agents Raid Bar

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Hamilton bar owner who refused to cooperate with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) over his lapsed coverage entered a repayment plan with BWC after state liquor control agents raided his bar in early April and seized cash and liquor. The workers’ compensation coverage for Alleys on the River in Hamilton…[Continue Reading]

U.S. HealthWorks Unveils Telemedicine Offering

US Healthworks

Valencia, CA – U.S. HealthWorks recently announced a comprehensive telemedicine program called USHW CareConnectNOW, which will link those in need of care to state-licensed medical providers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more than 20 years, U.S. HealthWorks has provided high-quality medical care to treat employees…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Improves Letters to Injured Employees

TDI Texas Department of Insurance

Austin, TX – The Division of Workers’ Compensation recently reviewed form letters it sends to injured employees and decided to modify the correspondence using nationally recognized principles to increase usability. In other words, they made them easier to read. A group of experts from across the agency looked at ways to meet legal requirements…[Continue Reading]

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