Marchant Appointed Work Comp Administrative Law Judge
KDOL Secretary Lana Gordon appointed Wichita attorney Ali N. Marchant to a four-year term as a Workers Compensation Administrative Law Judge in Wichita, starting July 28. Read more here.
New Benefit Rates: Our Current and Historic Benefit Levels page has been updated with the new maximum weekly benefit rate effective for accidents occurring July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Updates also include the new minimum weekly survivors benefit and the calendar year 2013 statewide average weekly wage. The K-WC 107 Benefit Card and the K-WC 1070-A Tabla De Beneficios Máximos (both revised June 2014) are also available on the Forms and Publications page under the heading Accident Reports and Benefits.
Effective July 1: Senate Sub. for HB 2023, signed by Governor Sam Brownback, became law. The bill removes the requirement of unusual exertion for the recovery of workers compensation benefits, in cases involving coronary disease, coronary artery disease, or cerebrovascular injury, by firefighters or law enforcement officers. In order to prove a claim, a covered injured public safety employee needs to show: the injury was caused by a specific event that occurred in the course and scope of employment; the coronary or cerebrovascular injury occurred within 24 hours of the specific event; and the specific event was the prevailing factor in causing the disease or injury.
Make lodging reservations now for our next annual seminar, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2014. Hotel links are now available on our Seminar home page. Each hotel has a block of rooms at special rates for our seminar attendees.
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