News Digest 12-3-2021


Washington workers’ compensation rates to rise in 2022

Employers and employees will have to pay about 3.1 percent more for workers’ compensation insurance for hours worked in 2022, the state Department of Labor and Industries has announced. COVID-19-related workers’ comp claims were not factored when calculating 2022 rates, according to the agency. The 3.1 percent increase is an average rather than an across-the-board increase. Olympian


Louisiana Workforce Commission writing new workers’ compensation medical billing rules

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is writing new guidelines for workers’ compensation claims in an effort to reign in increasing costs for outpatient medical services. Louisiana’s fee structure for workers’ comp is 27 years-old and does not account for many of today’s modern medical procedures nor the shift to outpatient surgical operations, according to an official. Louisiana Illuminator


Woman bit by patient says she was fired for seeking workers’ comp

A woman has filed suit in Leon County, Florida, alleging she was terminated from her job after filing for workers’ compensation in connection with an injury she suffered when a patient bit and punched her in an 2020 incident. Florida Record


COVID-19 ETS comment period extended

Fed-OSHA has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to January 19, 2022, an additional 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment. Facility Executive