Monthly Archives: November 2015

In neighboring news:

A state audit of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission indicates that the agency has not been tracking some mandatory assessments.

In corporate news:

Travelers released data on the success of its ConciergeCLAIM nurse case management service, which found that in-person care is associated with significantly better return to work and a decrease in litigation.

Director Robinson Delineates Key Administrative Problems with OWCA Forms, Reiterates Issues with Medical Director Position in November WCAC Meeting

The November meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) was held yesterday in Baton Rouge. As a new administration and the requisite holiday languor loom over a variety of regulatory initiatives, Council members focused on specific details that could aid two major ongoing problems – streamlining the 1010/1009/1008 processes, and the challenges of the Medical Director post – but no votes were taken.

In continuing news:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Uber’s request to appeal the class action status granted in September to a group of drivers who claim that the company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors.

In neighboring news:

Private employers in Texas reported a decrease in injuries requiring days away from work in 2014, according to stats compiled by BLS.

2015 Second Injury Board Assessment Rate Increases to 5.95 Percent

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration’s Second Injury Board met Thursday, November 12th, 2015 and approved the assessment rate of 5.95 percent for the 2015 Second Injury Fund assessment, according to Second Injury Board Director Dan Lastrapes. While the increase is minor, issues regarding the reimbursement rate and schedule linger amongst payors. However, an upcoming tech solution could likely help alleviate the problem. Read on for more details.

In local news:

LWC is on track toward a second consecutive record-setting year in the identification of workers misclassified by employers as independent contractors.