News Digest 1-5-2021 – Workers' Comp Executive

Flash: Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn COVID Standard

New lawsuit alleges underground regulation and “ruinous consequences” for agricultural employers from emergency temporary standard. Will this be the one to kill the emergency standard? Workers’ Comp Executive

New Mexico judge rules medical cannabis use allowed while on house arrest

A New Mexico judge last week ruled detainees in Bernalillo County’s house arrest program may use medical cannabis while serving out their sentence. The president and CEO of a medical cannabis producer who says his company paid the detainee’s legal bills says the ruling is a step towards normalizing the therapeutic use of cannabis. NM Political Report

Five questions for Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis

The News Service of Florida posed five questions to Jimmy Patronis, who was appointed to his post in 2017, including one regarding presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation in the commercial market. Florida Politics

Ohio first responders get victory in struggle for PTSD benefits

Ohio police and fire employees late last month won a long-fought victory when lawmakers approved a bill to establish a fund to pay for mental health treatment and lost wages for first responders who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. The bill calls for creation of a new state fund to pay lost wages and medical expenses for public safety officers suffering from PTSD as a result of their jobs and would prohibit employers from penalizing employees who file a claim with the fund. Journal-News

Cleveland company uses automation to supply Ohio BWC with protective masks

A Cleveland startup is using automation to produce millions of protective masks for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to provide free to companies the agency insures. The machines stitch each mask in six seconds and will enable the company to eventually produce 54,000 masks a day, according to the

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