202003.20
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Federal Legislative Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

In what is likely to be the first of several actions, President Trump signed into law HR 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The first thing to note is that this bill only applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The bill impacts a number of employer related programs:…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

202001.23
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Wisconsin WC Update – First responders will likely soon have an easier road to receiving benefits for PTSD

Current law makes it difficult for first responders in Wisconsin to receive workers’ compensation benefits for PTSD because benefits for PTSD are awarded only when an injured employee shows that PTSD resulted from a situation of greater dimension than the day-to-day mental stresses and tensions which all employees experience. This is known as the “greater…

201907.17
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Wisconsin WC Update: LIRC Affirms Award of Permanent Total Disability

On June 28, 2019 the Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC) affirmed a decision of the administrative law judge awarding applicant permanent total disability. In Timothy J. Rothe v. Con-Way Freight, Inc. (LIRC, 2017-003735),  applicant filed an occupational disease claim alleging that his work exposure over a 25 year period caused or was a material contributory…

201903.08
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Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce urges Governor to Reconsider Proposed Decriminalization of Recreational Marijuana

In a February press conference outlining his state budget, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers proposed overhauling the state’s marijuana laws to make the drug’s medical use legal, decriminalize possession, and align the state’s laws on CBD oil with federal standards. In his proposal, the governor also laid out his plan to decriminalize the possession, production or distribution of…

201808.31
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Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Wisconsin

Anyone involved in the WC industry knows that the opioid epidemic is especially problematic in handling claims. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is tackling the opioid issue in his state head on with his Dose of Reality Campaign.  According to an article from Mr. Schimel posted on dailyreporter.com on August 17, 2018,  there are more…

201806.28
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Will workers’ compensation MSA guidelines extend to personal injury cases?

As we previously reported, a CMS policy for liability Medicare set-aside (LMSA) review appears to be imminent.  The current state of confusion is depicted in a recent case involving CMS. In Silva v. Burwell, the plaintiff was injured as a result of a medical malpractice incident, after which he sustained permanent and extensive brain damage…

201801.16
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Wisconsin WC Advisory Council Recommends Medical Fee Schedule

The Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, created to advise the DWD and the legislature on policy matters concerning worker’s compensation law, is recommending legislators create a medical fee schedule to reduce workers’ compensation medical costs, according to a news release from mid to late 2017. Worker’s compensation medical costs are rising quickly in Wisconsin. According…