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December 19, 2016
Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
California court rules employers must accommodate disabilities of employees’ associates

A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeal (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal. App. 5th 1028) increases the sphere of influence of the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to include reasonable accommo…

December 19, 2016 by Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
June 26, 2015
Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
Same-sex marriage: Action steps for employers

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States. This decision just made life easier for employers and TPAs who are responsible for administering leaves. We can…

June 26, 2015 by Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
May 13, 2015
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
Overview: California independent medical review process

Recently there has been a lot of discussion – in the media and throughout the industry – about the California independent medical review (IMR) process. Introduced to the workers’ compensation system in California as part of Senate Bill 863, IMR serve…

May 13, 2015 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
September 04, 2014
Breathe deep: Medical marijuana laws are changing fast

When I began discussing medical marijuana as an emerging workers’ compensation issue more than five years ago, it had only been legalized in 12 states. In 2012, Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Today, 23 s…

September 04, 2014
August 17, 2014
Florida Workers’ Advocates vs. State of Florida ruling: What does it mean?

On August 13, 2014 Miami-Dade 11th Circuit Judge Jorge Cueto in Florida Workers’ Advocates v. State of Florida held that the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, as amended effective October 1, 2003, is unconstitutional as long as it contains the exclu…

August 17, 2014
December 18, 2013
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
Update: Oklahoma options approved by Supreme Court

On December 16, 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7 to 1 that Senate Bill 1062, which was signed by Governor Mary Fallin on May 6, 2013, "is not unconstitutional as a multiple subject bill." The high court in the case, Coates et al vs. Fallin, N…

December 18, 2013 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
December 05, 2013
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
The Oklahoma winds of change

Oklahoma passed a workers' compensation reform bill on April 30, 2013 – Senate Bill 1062 overhauls the entire Oklahoma workers' compensation system. The bill consists of three different parts: 1.  The Administrative Workers' Compensation Act …

December 05, 2013 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
October 02, 2013
Jim Harvey
VP Client Services
Illinois PPP – Why implement?

The opportunity to channel care in Illinois through the use of a preferred provider program (PPP) is ready for implementation. This legislation was enacted as one of many efforts to allow for better direction of care and care delivery for employers a…

October 02, 2013 by Jim Harvey, VP Client Services
July 29, 2013
Chris Mandel, RF
SVP Strategic Solutions
The next level: Change ahead

As I write this, Governor Christie has just vetoed a proposed change to the New Jersey workers' compensation statute that would have guaranteed benefits to a particular interest group and liberalized the law further in his state. I make no judgment a…

July 29, 2013 by Chris Mandel, RF, SVP Strategic Solutions
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