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State: OK Alternative Benefits Bill Awaits Vote, Opponents Call It ‘Obama Comp’:

Backers of legislation to allow Oklahoma employers an alternative to workers’ compensation coverage reported on Monday the proposal is expected to be considered in the House of Representatives later this week or next week.

Meanwhile, opponents of the legislation have attacked it as “Obama Comp” and contend it would result in the “federalization” of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system.

House Bill 2155 was returned to the House after the Senate voted 28 to 17 on April 18 to approve a Senate committee substitute ...

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State: WV High Court Affirms Board in 10 Comp Rulings:

The West Virginia Supreme Court issued a series of memorandum decisions upholding administrative rulings in 10 workers’ compensation cases on Monday.

In Booker v. West Virginia Office of Insurance Commissioner et al., No. 101481, the court affirmed the denial of benefits to Debra K. Booker for her bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.

Two doctors had testified that her condition developed because of the nature of her occupation, but two others disagreed. The Office of Judges, Board of Review, determined Booker’s job ...

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State: PA SWIF Probe: Auditor was on Staffing Firms’ Payroll for Decade:

By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau Chief

An auditing supervisor for the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF) was on the payroll of three Pennsylvania staffing companies for at least a decade before he was arrested on bribery charges Monday by a special investigations unit of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

An affidavit filed Monday in connection with James McDonnell’s arrest alleges McDonnell became a private consultant for American Personnel Services, Wallieo Enterprises and Certified Flagger ...

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State: FL Contractor Charged in Shell Company Case:

The president of a West Florida construction company was arrested last week on charges of falsifying payroll information to reduce workers’ compensation premiums paid to Guarantee Insurance Co. and illegally using a “shell company.”

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Friday that Randall Morton Seltzer, 43, the president of Navarre Industries, was charged with workers’ compensation fraud and grand theft, following an investigation by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud.

“Workers’ compensation insurance is vital to the ...

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State: OK House and Senate Pass Workers’ Comp ‘Opt-Out’ Bills:

By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau Chief

Legislation that would make Oklahoma only the second state in the nation to allow employers to opt out of the workers’ compensation system has cleared both houses of the state Legislature, but the final language hasn’t been determined as lawmakers work out differences in two versions.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the “Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act” but in separate measures.

Senate Bill 1378 by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, passed ...

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