NM Court Rules For Workers Comp Payment to Medical Marijuana

Appeals Court in New Mexico Rules Medical Marijuana Should Be Paid By Workers Comp A New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled recently that an employer’s workers comp coverage should go to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana. This is, so far, the first appellate court ruling in favor of medical marijuana treatment paid by an insurance company for a work place injury. The injured worker, George Vialpando, was working at Ben’s Automotive Services in Santa Fe in 2000 when he seriously injured his back. His physician testified that … [Read more...]

Fines Issued To Apple Store Contractors

Apple Store Contractors Fined for Failing to Provide Workers Comp Coverage The Connecticut Department of Labor has issued fines against three contractor companies that work with a local Apple Store after discovering that the companies failed to provide workers comp coverage for their employees. The state agency said it would investigate other Apple stores and their employment contractors for potential workers' comp violations. Gary Pechie, the agency’s director of wage and workplace standards, said that the DOL put a “stop work” poster … [Read more...]

California Workers Comp Proposes to Track Opioid Prescriptions

California Division of Workers Compensation Proposes Guidelines for Opioid Prescription Coverage The California Division of Workers Compensation has posted proposed changes to the guidelines concerning workers comp coverage of opioid prescriptions used to treat worker injuries. “Opioid misuse is a national concern. California is on the forefront of providing appropriate care and improving outcomes by issuing these guidelines,” said Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker. The guidelines were posted on the DWC’s online … [Read more...]