The NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education recently presented the 3rd Annual seminar on hot topics and issues in workers' compensation law. A panel of State and national experts addressed important issues that have been identified over the last year.

Workers' Compensation News - May 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 405
 CMS RASIES THRESHOLD to $25,000 FOR REVIEW CMS' April 25, 2006 Memorandum regarding WCMSAs and Revision of the Low Dollar Threshold for Medicar...
Workers' Compensation News - April 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 406

3rd ANNUAL THIS YEAR IN WORKERS' COMPENSATION: Top Issues & Cases. May. 10, 2006 4p-8p, Pines Manor, Edison, NJ.

WORKERS COMP MATTERS, hosted by Attorney Alan S. Pierce, takes up the topic of Evidence in the Complex Workers Comp Case.

Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 403
 CALIFORNIA Three proposals would revise the governor's overhaul of coverage for those hurt on the job. Three ballot proposals that could cost ...
Workers' Compensation News - February 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 402


Congressional Budget Office Again Reports That The Proposed Federal Asbestos Trust Fund Is Inadequate

 The Congressional Budget Office again indicted that the proposed asbestos reform trust fund would be inadequate. In a letter to Senator Spector it commented as follows: "The proposed trust fund might or might not have adequate resources to pay all valid claims. There is a significant likelihood that the fund’s revenues would fall short of the amount needed to pay valid claims, debt service, and administrative costs. There is also some elihood that the fund’s revenues would be sufficient to meet those needs. The final outcome cannot be predicted with great certainty.

Workers' Compensation News - December 19, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 314


Proposed Federal Asbestos Act Will Create Massive Inequities in Both Workers' Compensation and Medicare

Statement of Jon L. Gelman Attorney at Law Before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on the Fairness in Asbestos Resolution Act of 2005 January 11, 2005

Workers' Compensation News - November 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 313

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MEDICAL.....It has been widely reported that medical costs exceed the indemnity portion (temporary and permanent disability benefits) in many jurisdictions. This was again confirmed by the recent report issued by NASI (Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, 2003). The business of workers' compensation has now become a reimbursement vehicle for group health carriers. 

  A 4.1 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act), effective for December 2005

 While each State has its own approach to workers' compensation and personal injury claims, one common denominator is the role of the newly named Centers for Medical and Medicare Services (CMS), formally known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), and in particular its Medicare Coordination of Benefits (COB) section. 

Medicare Set Aside Agreement Submission

In an effort to speed the process and obtain quicker review of proposed Workers' Compensation Medicare Set Aside Agreements (WCMSAA), CMS has published a sample 29 page sample submission.

Cancer Reported as the Leading Cause of Job Fatalities in the World

 The International Labour Conference (ILO) in Geneva reported that cancer was the cause of 32% of the world wide job related deaths in the world.

Workers' Compensation News - September 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 311

FRAGRANCE AND FLAVOR INDUSTRY HIT WITH $15 MILLION VERDICT Jury Awards $15 Million in Making of Popcorn -This self regulated industry becomes prime target.
A jury on Friday awarded a former popcorn-plant worker $15 million after finding that his exposure to butter-flavoring fumes led to his severe respiratory problems.

The 2005 Rutgers Lacrosse / Nancy Gelman Tournament for Breast Cancer

On Saturday, October 22, 2005, 5 nationally ranked teams played at Rutgers University in a tournament to raise money for breast cancer research. Proceeds of the tournament benefited the Nancy R. Gelman Foundation, Inc, for its goal in supporting new treatments to fight breast cancer. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is now considering proposed Federal legislation that will have significant impact upon Workers' Compensation systems throughout the United States. Since the enactment of workers' compensation legislation decades ago, asbestos and other latent disease claims continue to be an enormous challenge to compensation programs.

Workers' Compensation News - August 24, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 310

NJ: WC JUDGES HAVE DISCRETION TO RULE ON VALIDITY OF A TDB LIEN. In a complex decision involving causal relationship, apportionment of liability and reimbursement of a TDB lien that Appellate Division responded to a statement made by the trial Judge, "...I am no longer a Judge, I am a statutory collection agency for the Labor Department," by reversing his decision and remanding the matter for hearing.

Workers' Compensation News - August 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 309

Esther Weissman, 73, labor lawyer, helped to alter compensation law.

On July 11, 2005, CMS published a new set of Questions and Answers concerning the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP). In the 7 page document CMS indicated that there was no substantive dollar or "safe harbor" threshold for compliance with the federal mandate which requires review of all potential settlements in workers' compensation cases. 

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