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US DOL Briefing to Review State Workers’ Compensation: Recommend Federal Oversight

By | 2016-09-26T18:01:41+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

On October 5th the US Department of Labor in coordination with the National Academy of Social Insurance will release two reports reviewing state workers’ compensation. The Department of Labor’s State Workers’ Compensation Report, which addresses recent trends in state workers’ compensation systems and the effect of these trends on workers, employers, and communities; and The National [...]

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Florida Supreme Court Decision Removing Attorney Fee Limitation Projected to Increase Workers’ Comp Rates by at Least 15%

By | 2016-08-19T14:54:15+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

The impact of the Florida Supreme Court decision in the Castellanos case http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2016/sc13-2082.pdf  finding the statutory limitation on attorney fees to be unconstitutional prompted the NCCI rate fling with an increase of 15% associated with the decision. Most of the overall rate filing increase of 19.6% that would be effective for new and renewal business October [...]

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Public Hearing August 16th on 15% Florida WC Rate Increase due to Florida Supreme Court case (Castellanos) Finding Limits on Attorney Fees Unconstitutional

By | 2016-08-03T14:32:29+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

The debate over “reasonable” attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases continues in Florida and will likely reverberate across the country as states review their laws  in light of the recent Florida Supreme Court case in Castellanos v. Next Door Company. See http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2016/sc13-2082.pdf In the Castellanos case the majority opinion concluded that The right of an injured [...]

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Colorado Amendment 69 Would Set Up Single Payer System

By | 2016-09-26T18:18:09+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Categories: Workers' Compensation, Workforce Issues|

According to some recent polling in Colorado it appears that Colorado Amendment 69, which would increase employer paid payroll taxes to establish a new state single payer system, has substantial support and it could pass as an initiative in Colorado. In addition to the increased payroll tax that it would impose, passage would raise questions about [...]

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President Signs Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 – Includes 5 Year WOTC Expansion and Special Treatment of Motion Picture Projects

By | 2016-01-01T19:47:53+00:00 December 21st, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Workforce Issues|

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the President signed into law H.R. 2029 – the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,” which provides fiscal year 2016 full-year appropriations through September 30, 2016 for all agencies. See text at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2029enr/pdf/BILLS-114hr2029enr.pdf. The Act included two provisions of note related to unemployment compensation or workers’ compensation. Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Extension [...]

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CACI Board Opposes $25 billion Universal Health Care Amendment

By | 2016-03-21T14:44:21+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Categories: Workers' Compensation, Workforce Issues|

Denver, Colo.--The CACI Board of Directors this week voted to oppose Amendment 69, a ballot initiative that would create a state governmental universal health-care system that would mandate $25 billion in new taxes on workers, employers and taxpayers in its first full year of implementation. The system would be called ColoradoCare.  Amendment 69 has been approved [...]

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2015 Workers’ Compensation Legislative Bulletin Update Available

By | 2015-09-16T17:26:01+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

The 2015 edition of the Workers’ Compensation Research Bulletin is now available. This publication provides a summary review of state workers’ compensation legislation and significant administrative measures adopted in all states during 2014. The bulletin is available at the nominal cost of $25.00 plus shipping, and may be purchased on-line at http://www.uwcstrategy.org/bookshop/ Additional publications provided by [...]

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National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Endorses WC MSA Legislation (S 2731)

By | 2014-12-05T18:18:39+00:00 November 23rd, 2014|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

At its meeting in San Francisco on November 23rd  the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators endorsed S 2731, bi-partisan legislation introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (FLA) and Rob Portman (OH). The bill is a revised version of companion bi-partisan legislation (HR 1982) introduced in the House by Representatives Reichert (WA) and Thompson [...]

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