March 21, 2017

CA DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Drug Formulary Regulations

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a notice of public hearing on May 1 for the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary regulations, which includes a list of preferred drugs that can be dispensed without the need for prospective utilization review…[Continue Reading]

AR Insurance Commissioner Announces Lower Workers’ Compensation Rates

Arkansas State Seal

Little Rock, AR – Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr recently announced a decrease in workers’ compensation cost of 8.4% in overall loss in the voluntary market and a 10.6% rate decrease in overall average assigned risk, effective July 1: “These lower workers’ compensation numbers, which are based on data from 2015…[Continue Reading]

LA Governor Edwards Appoints Thomas K. Huval to LWCC Board of Directors

Louisiana State Seal

Baton Rouge, LA – Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced his appointment of Thomas K. “Tommy” Huval, of Lafayette, to the board of directors of the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (LWCC). Mr. Huval is a regional president and senior lender with Brown & Brown, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the board…[Continue Reading]

Three Leadership Posts Appointed at Louisiana Workforce Commission

LA Workforce Commission

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Executive Director Ava Dejoie recently announced the appointments of Kenneth Burrell as Deputy Executive Director, Shannon Joseph as the new Director of Workforce Development and Meridith Trahant as Acting Director of the Second Injury Board. Kenneth Burrell began…[Continue Reading]

PCI: Florida Needs a Balanced Workers’ Compensation System


Tallahassee, FL – Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) Regional Manager Logan McFaddin recently released the following statement regarding the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee workshop on a proposed committee bill relating to workers compensation: “We appreciate the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee…[Continue Reading]

NC Governor Cooper Nominates Philip A. Baddour, III to Industrial Commission

North Carolina State Seal

Raleigh, NC – Governor Roy Cooper has nominated Philip A. Baddour, III for appointment as a Commissioner to the North Carolina Industrial Commission for a six-year term, pending confirmation by the North Carolina General Assembly. Philip A. Baddour, III joined the Industrial Commission as a Deputy Commissioner in November…[Continue Reading]

AGC of Michigan and MIOSHA Continue Alliance to Protect Workers


Lansing, MI – The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) renewed an alliance for a fourth time to foster safer and more healthful workplaces across the state. “The AGC of Michigan has been a long-time partner in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA…[Continue Reading]

US Labor Department Proposes Delay to Beryllium Rule Effective Date


Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed delay in the effective date of the rule entitled Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The announcement follows a White House memorandum, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” issued issued Jan. 20, 2017, that directed…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Research & Evaluation Group Proposes FY 2017 Research Agenda

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) recently announced that it is accepting comment on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Research Agenda of the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG). Labor Code § 405.0026 requires the REG to prepare and publish annually…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Brings Message of Safety to Four County Career Center Students

Ohio BWC

Archibold, OH – Workplace safety was the theme of the day recently at the Four County Career Center when Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison encouraged students to build a “safety-first” mindset and make it a lifelong practice. “The hallmark of a safe workplace is not only a supportive…[Continue Reading]

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