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Entries in Workers Compensation (21)

Wednesday
Jan042012

Workers' Comp Update: Changes Afoot For Unemployed Injured Workers

39-A M.R.S.A. §214 has long contained a little-if-ever used provision requiring insurance carriers or self-insureds to notify the Bureau of Employment Services of the name of any injured employee who is unemployed and to whom the insurer or self-insured is paying workers’ compensation benefits.  Executive Director Paul Sighinolfi has recently communicated his intent to begin requiring compliance with this provision, as well as the companion provision directing the Bureau of Employment Services to give priority to finding employment for such persons and to notify the Board, in writing, if any such person refuses a “bona fide offer of reasonable employment.” 

Under Section 214(1), refusal of a “bona fide offer of reasonable employment” subjects the injured worker to the risk of a suspension of indemnity benefits “during the period of refusal”, a fairly significant incentive to encourage workers to return to work.  A group is being organized affiliated with the Workers’ Compensation Coordinating Council to brainstorm ways to ensure the most reasonable and cost-effective application of these provisions, and to avoid any unintended pitfalls for employers and insurers subject to the provisions of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act.

Stay tuned for more updates on policy and legal changes to Maine's Workers' Compensation laws.

Tuesday
Dec272011

Workers' Comp Update: After Eighteen Long Years, At Last A Medical Fee Schedule That Addresses Hospital Costs

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has finally succeeded in crafting a Medical Fee Schedule that addresses the ever-increasing costs of work-related in-patient, out-patient, ambulant care and surgical center costs. 

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Wednesday
Dec072011

We Owe What?!: Workers' Compensation Board Proposes Changes To 14-Day Rule

This week the Board released the text of the proposed amendments to Board Rule 1.1, addressing the “14-Day Rule”.  The changes were prompted by this year’s Law Court decision in Doucette v. Hallsmith/Sysco Food Services, Inc., 2011 ME 68, upholding a  Board award of more than $140,000 in a case where there was no proven incapacity and the employee did not lose work time as a result of his injury.   

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