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Are You Required to Provide Workers’ Compensation for Volunteers?

Posted on: March 21, 2018 by Gerry Dumke

The majority of businesses are well aware of the risks of an on-the-job employee injury, and have a workers’ compensation program and insurance in place to protect themselves. However, for nonprofit organizations or businesses that make use of volunteer workers, the question of what an injury means for the organization grows a bit more complicated. […] Read More

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A Guide to Performing a Workers’ Compensation Incident Analysis

Posted on: December 27, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely erase the possibility of accidents and injuries taking place at your workplace. In addition to taking sufficient preventative measures, the most important step that you can take to reduce the impact of an incident and its resulting workers’ compensation claims is knowing how to promptly perform a thorough incident […] Read More

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The Benefits of a Return-to-Work Program

Posted on: December 7, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

No matter what industry you work in, there is always the risk that something could go wrong, and that one of your employees could be injured, contract an illness, or experience something else that would necessitate a break from working. Last year, 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by employers in the […] Read More

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How Assisted Living Facilities Can Reduce Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: October 18, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Ironically enough, healthcare industry workers are among the most likely to receive on-the-job injuries. Out of the over 16 million people employed in the healthcare sector, an average of 5.2 workers per every 100 will suffer a nonfatal injury each year, but the nursing home, assisted living, and residential care segment of the industry has […] Read More

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Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation

Posted on: August 22, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

With more and more states voting to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses, the need for discussion about the use of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation cases has grown. At this time, twenty-nine states – as well as Washington, D.C. – have broadly legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while eight states have legalized it […] Read More

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WCRI Report Finds Reduction in Opioid-Connected Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: August 8, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has been making headlines for causing a high number of opiate-related overdoses and vastly increasing the numbers of people who are addicted to synthetic opiates. Many have pointed to workers’ compensation in particular as a root cause of the epidemic; medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin have been […] Read More

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Vermont First Responders Gain Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Issues

Posted on: July 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In an unprecedented decision, a recent piece of legislation from the state of Vermont has granted the state’s first responders with workers’ compensation coverage for mental health issues and illnesses incurred as a result of work. The law, which entered effect on July 1st, overturned an earlier Vermont Supreme Court ruling that previously prohibited first […] Read More

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New Study Sheds Light on Attorney Involvement in Workers’ Comp Cases

Posted on: May 25, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in its recent study found a significant differential in the percentage of claims involving defense attorneys representing injured workers across 18 state Workers’ Compensation systems. The 18 states included in the study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, […] Read More

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State Workers’ Comp Bureaus Taking Measures to Battle Opioid Addiction

Posted on: April 18, 2017 by Caitlin Morgan

Last year, in one of our articles, we turned our attention to the opioid epidemic and the impact it’s having in the workplace. We’re taking a fresh look at the problem and what Workers’ Comp boards are doing across the country to help tackle the issue. According to a survey conducted by CompPharma, an industry […] Read More

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Managing Long-Tail Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: March 14, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Among the issues to watch for in Workers’ Compensation for 2017 is the impact of the U.S. election on OSHA regulations and ADA accommodations for workplace injuries, state legislative bills, and marijuana in the workplace as more states in 2016 have passed laws making recreational use legal. Also among the Workers’ Comp issues to keep […] Read More

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