This Week in Comp, April 17, 2015

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

It’s time to bust the multitasking myth
Walking and chewing gum is not the same as driving while using a cell phone. In recognition of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, let’s bust one of the biggest misconceptions among drivers…MORE

Oklahoma leads with nation’s first young worker safety bill
teen workerUnder the bill, the Oklahoma Department of Labor and Oklahoma State Department of Education will educate students in grades 7 through 12 about workplace safety. B
oth departments will produced by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health…MORE

NCCI named administrator for Tennessee workers’ comp plan
Beginning with policies effective July 1, 2015, NCCI will establish the infrastructure necessary to provide residual market services, such as application processing and administration of the plan rules, and access to coverage in certain other states, among other services…MORE

What insurance agents want from carriers
Quality field reps and social media training are among the services agents expect from insurance carriers, according to the Insurance Journal’s annual agent survey…MORE

CA SB 863 return-to-work program offers supplemental payments for injured workers
rtwUnder the bill, qualifying injured workers in California will receive an additional $5,000 to supplement lost wages…MORE

Arizona passes work comp legislation for medical marijuana
This law amends the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act by establishing that nothing in the Act would require a workers’ compensation carrier or self-insured employer providing workers’ compensation benefits to reimburse a person for the costs associated with the medical use of marijuana…MORE

Employers get guidance on impact of marijuana in the workplace
A white paper published by health experts summarizes current evidence regarding marijuana consumption; discusses possible side effects, including temporary impairment as it relates to the workplace; reviews existing federal and state laws that impact employers; and suggests strategies for monitoring marijuana use among employees…MORE

The poster children of OxyContin
When OxyContin hit the market in 2000, its manufacturer produced a promotional video starring seven patients who helped test the “miracle drug.” Today, two of the seven patients are dead; they were abusing opioids when they died. Another overcame her addition…MORE

Oil services company sues OSHA
OilfieldJTB Tools & Oilfield Services in Brownsville claims its Rotary Head Speed Clamp is the “best available technology” to remove and replace the rotary head. It petitioned OSHA in August 2014 to adopt a new rule that establishes use of the clamp and similar products as the industry standard…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of health and safety news…MORE

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