News Digest 5/13/2008

By: Rick Waldinger

Quote of the day

"That's a huge benefit for employers."

West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline, who say that workers' comp rates have dropped 30 percent in the transition from a public to a private system

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Judge Properly Cut Off Benefits, Keystone State Court Rules
A workers’ compensation judge properly cut off a former Pennsylvania tube plant employee’s workers’ compensation benefits, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rules. The employer had sought to cease benefits on grounds that the worker had recovered fully from a 1994 injury and could continue working as a counter. By Joe Pinchot, Sharon Herald
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BWC Chief Joins Advocates in Memorial Ceremony
Ohio BWC Administrator Marsha Ryan joins the Central Ohio Labor Council in a ceremony recognizing the contributions of Ohio workers killed on the job. By Angie Hissong, WCMH-TV (Columbus)
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Alabama DIR Tries to Put Workers’ Comp in Perspective
Because many people never think about workers’ compensation until it arises, the supervisor of medical dispute resolutions for the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations workers’ comp division addresses the issue for people involved in municipal governments, human resources, nursing, safety managers, and business and industrial representatives. By Hollice Smith, Daily Sentinel (Scottsboro, Ala.)
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Cline: 110 Carriers to Compete in Mountain State
In West Virginia, 110 insurance companies will compete for workers’ compensation premiums of West Virginia employers starting July 1, according to state insurance commissioner Jane Cline. By Steve Korris, West Virginia Record
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Emerald City Concedes in Firefighter’s Lawsuit
The city of Seattle ends its battle against a lawsuit it lost in 2004 by paying about $1.8 million to a firefighter who was injured during training. Attorneys for the city argued that the firefighter should not be allowed to sue because he had received workers’ compensation. By Hector Castro, Seattle Post-Intelligencer via
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Aussie Lawyers’ Group Opposes Tough Workers’ Comp Reform
A group of South Australia lawyers joins the growing list of opponents to the government’s hard-line reform of workers’ compensation, saying that cutting payments from one year down to 13 weeks goes too far. By Jeremy Roberts, Australian
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