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CALIFORNIA COMMITTEES ADVANCE WORKERS’ COMP BILLS - by Debra Tobias
2022-05-23 — Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 5-1 to pass SB 1127, which would reduce the time employers have to accept liability for a claim and would create a $100,000 penalty for unreasonably denying some claims by first responders. SB 1127 will amend Sections 3761, 4656, and 5402 of, and add Section 5414.3 to, the Labor Code, relating to workers’ compensation. Existing law requires an injured employee to file a claim form with the employer, and, except for specified injuries, if…
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NEW CMS GUIDELINES REGARDING NON-SUBMIT MSAs
2022-02-21 — The new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Guidelines that just came out on January 10, 2022 took aim at Non-Submit Medicare Set-Asides (MSA). CMS has for the first time seemingly taken a position on the use of Non-Submit practices. CMS has indicated that from its view these allocations may “potentially” be viewed as an improper shift of the claimant’s future medical treatment to Medicare in contravention of 42 C.F.R. 411.46. Further, and significantly, CMS seems…
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CONNECTICUT - Burial Expense Adjustments - Effective 1/1/22
2022-01-25 — Payable for burial expenses associated with death resulting from an accident arising out of and in the course of employment or from an occupational disease.  Special Session Public Act No. 21-2 amended Section 31-306 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to increase the burial expense compensation from four thousand to twelve thousand dollars and adjust the compensation rate annually based on the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) in the northeast,…
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DWC Announces Return to Virtual Hearings
2022-01-11 — https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2022/2022-05.html
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Susan Novell to Present at RIMS Annual Conference on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
2022-01-10 — PRESS RELEASE Westlake Village, CA (January 10, 2022) – Senior Partner/President Susan Novell will present a joint session at the upcoming Risk Management Society (RIMS) Annual Conference & Exposition to be held April 10-13, 2022 in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Center. This session takes place on April 13, 2022 at 1:45 p.m., and will discuss creating a sustainable culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B), which is essential to the future…
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DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2022 - by Debra Tobias
2021-10-26 — DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates Change for 2022 Originally no changes were going to be made, but now the DWC announced that the 2022 minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2022. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $203.44 to $230.95 and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,356.31 to $1,539.71 per week. The CWCI said the steep increase in the state’s average weekly wage is largely the result of a…
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