State: WV High Court Affirms Board in 10 Comp Rulings:

The West Virginia Supreme Court issued a series of memorandum decisions upholding administrative rulings in 10 workers’ compensation cases on Monday.

In Booker v. West Virginia Office of Insurance Commissioner et al., No. 101481, the court affirmed the denial of benefits to Debra K. Booker for her bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.

Two doctors had testified that her condition developed because of the nature of her occupation, but two others disagreed. The Office of Judges, Board of Review, determined Booker’s job ...

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State: PA SWIF Probe: Auditor was on Staffing Firms' Payroll for Decade:

By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau Chief

An auditing supervisor for the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF) was on the payroll of three Pennsylvania staffing companies for at least a decade before he was arrested on bribery charges Monday by a special investigations unit of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

An affidavit filed Monday in connection with James McDonnell’s arrest alleges McDonnell became a private consultant for American Personnel Services, Wallieo Enterprises and Certified Flagger ...

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State: FL Contractor Charged in Shell Company Case:

The president of a West Florida construction company was arrested last week on charges of falsifying payroll information to reduce workers’ compensation premiums paid to Guarantee Insurance Co. and illegally using a “shell company.”

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Friday that Randall Morton Seltzer, 43, the president of Navarre Industries, was charged with workers’ compensation fraud and grand theft, following an investigation by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud.

“Workers’ compensation insurance is vital to the ...

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State: OK House and Senate Pass Workers' Comp 'Opt-Out' Bills:

By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau Chief

Legislation that would make Oklahoma only the second state in the nation to allow employers to opt out of the workers’ compensation system has cleared both houses of the state Legislature, but the final language hasn’t been determined as lawmakers work out differences in two versions.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the “Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act” but in separate measures.

Senate Bill 1378 by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, passed ...

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State: FL Legislature Votes to Abolish Injured Worker Retraining Program:

The Florida Legislature voted late Friday to abolish the state Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Services and allow the state to contract the rehabilitation of injured workers out to private vocational counselors.

The Senate voted 36 to 1 to approve a report on House Bill 5203 from a House-Senate conference committee. The House approved the measure by a vote of 118 to 0.

If signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the bill would eliminate 27 workers in the bureau and close the ...

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State: HI Uninsured Contractors Fined, State Investigating other Complaints:

A task force comprised of multiple state agencies fined contractors building a townhouse project $45,025 for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance and multiple safety violations, according to a report by Hawaii News Now.

Deputy State Labor Director Audrey Hidano said seven contractors and subcontractors at the project in West Oahu were fined a combined $19,550 for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance. The contractors have coverage now, Hawaii News Now reported.

Hidano also said inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Division found ...

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State: NJ Drug Test Gave Employer Good Enough Reason for Termination:

A grocery store did not commit disability discrimination when it fired a manager with Parkinson’s disease for using a painkiller without a prescription, a New Jersey appellate court ruled.

Case: Martin v. Quick Chek Corp., No. A-2637-10T2, 1/18/12, unpublished.

Facts: Erik Martin, a store manager for Quick Chek Corp., was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000. He told his supervising district leader, Joan Ferry, about his diagnosis and she advised him to keep his illness “hush, hush.”

Martin never mentioned his illness to ...

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State: AK Property Owners Liable for Contractor's Work Comp Claim:

The owners of a mixed-use property are liable for the workers’ compensation claim of an uninsured contractor, the Supreme Court of Alaska concluded.

Case: Trudell v. Hibbert, No. S-13608, 2/17/12, published.

Facts: Lawrence Trudell, an employee of Phillips Construction Co., was injured while climbing a ladder down from the roof of a building he was working on. The injury occurred on June 13, 2006, at a building in Kenai, Alaska.

At that time, Phillips lacked workers’ compensation insurance, even though it was a ...

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State: OK OSHA Issues Fines to Grain Facility Where 2 Teenagers Lost Legs:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday it has issued an Oklahoma grain-handling facility four serious safety citations, with fines totaling $21,500, following an accident on Aug. 4 in which two 17-year-old workers each lost a leg.

OSHA reported the teenagers working for Zaloudek Grain Co. in Kremlin both suffered leg amputations when they became caught in an allegedly inadequately guarded conveyor auger while cleaning out a grain flat storage structure.

The citations from OSHA’s inspection included allegedly failing to affix ...

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State: FL DEA: Oxycodone Buys Down Significantly After 'Pill Mill' Crackdown:

By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau Chief

Florida’s crackdown on “pill mills” cut physicians’ purchases of the opioid painkiller oxycodone by 97% during 2011 and appears to have driven the business to Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to a report issued last week by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Leaders of the Florida House on Monday credited the passage of House Bill 7095 with drastically reducing the purchase of the painkiller by physicians last year and reducing its overall purchase by pharmacies ...

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