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North Carolina Proposes Workers’ Comp Rate Cut

September 16, 2011
The state’s Rate Bureau proposed a 4.4 percent average decrease this month after three years of higher rates. Improved workplace safety and lower claims costs are the two main reasons for the proposed rate cut, the bureau says.
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Dear Workforce What Can We Do When an Employee Has Exhausted the Leave-of-Absence Time Allowed by Our Workers' Comp Policy?

August 29, 2011
We have an employee who has been on workers' compensation for two years now—the claim is grandfathered under our old policy, but it's since changed. Now, when injured employees are on workers' compensation, they receive two-thirds of their pay and must use sick days and vacation to cover the remaining one-third. May we begin requiring the injured employee to use personal time? —Sick About This, benefits coordinator, mining/oil/gas, Illinois
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Nissans Return-to-Work Offer Inadequate in Comp Case

August 16, 2011
A trial court may award up to six times the employee’s medical impairment rating in additional permanent partial disability benefits if that worker does not receive a ‘meaningful return to work’ offer and as long as the worker does not voluntarily resign or retire.
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Court Rules for Ford in Retiree's Workers' Comp Dispute

August 15, 2011
A settlement agreement did not mention Ford potentially discontinuing benefits or the statutory retirement presumption and, in September 2010, Ford petitioned to discontinue paying the PTD benefits pursuant to the retirement presumption.
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