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Sedgwick pays $1.13 million to settle California comp violations

Published January 07, 2016 CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has reached a settlement agreement over alleged utilization review infractions.

AIG buys into wearable technology to mitigate risk, boost worker safety

Published January 06, 2016 CST

Wearables are expanding far beyond the personal fitness tracker realm and AIG isn't sleeping on future opportunities.

Compounding pharmacies sue Express Scripts over 'boycott'

Published January 20, 2016 CST

According to the lawsuit filed Friday, Express Scripts and several other large pharmacy benefit managers conspired to drive six compounding pharmacies out of the market.

Ruling opens door to much wider OSHA authority

Published January 14, 2016 CST

Decision by administrative law judge could allow agency to require hazard abatement of all a company’s worksites, even those not inspected.

Opioid-fighting implant raises workers comp cost concerns

Published January 21, 2016 CST

Probuphine, a rod-shaped implant intended to combat opioid addiction, is on the verge of gaining FDA approval — however, the drug could prove expensive for comp payers.

Opioid overdose deaths hit record in 2014

Published January 04, 2016 CST

Not only have opioid overdoses tripled since 2000, they accounted for more than half of all drug overdose deaths in 2014.

OptumRx acquires workers comp specialist PBM Helios

Published January 27, 2016 CST

The mergers and acquisitions frenzy continues as UnitedHealth Group's pharmacy benefit management unit buys Helios.

Wearables for workplace safety

Published January 17, 2016 CST

These technological devices have become so much more than personal fitness trackers and smart watches.

New York worker entitled to summary judgment of Scaffold Law claim

Published January 19, 2016 CST

The dismissal of a New York worker's labor law claim was erroneous, according to a recent New York appellate court ruling.

Compounding pharmacies take on Express Scripts

Published January 21, 2016 CST

The pharmacy benefit manager is being sued by six compounding pharmacies for allegedly boxing them out of the marketplace.

United fined $2 million after complaints by disabled travelers skyrocket

Published January 12, 2016 CST

Grievances ranged from lack of adequate assistance with boarding and deplaning aircraft to failure to return wheelchairs and other assistive devices in a timely manner.

13 indicted in multimillion dollar comp claim fraud scheme

Published January 29, 2016 CST

The San Diego District Attorney's office is calling it “one of the largest workers' compensation health care insurance bribery schemes ever uncovered in San Diego County.”

Canadian construction project manager gets prison time

Published January 11, 2016 CST

A Metron Construction Ltd. project manager has become the first face of the Ontario Federation of Labor's "Kill a Worker, Go to Jail" campaign.

OSHA naming some workers comp insurers in employer safety citations

Published December 23, 2015 CST

Agency hopes insurers can prod cited clients to more actively address hazards.

(subscription required)OSHA flexes its regulatory muscle

Published January 03, 2016 CST

Aggressive is the adjective most often used to describe the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration these days, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

California bucks trend as workers comp claims increase

Published January 08, 2016 CST

Other states may be seeing declines in claim frequency, but California's increased hiring in hazardous industries has contributed to its outlier status.

Overexertion tops list of workplace injury causes

Published January 14, 2016 CST

Worker injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing cost employers more than $15 billion in 2013.

Effects of health reform on workers comp sector masked by other factors

Published January 11, 2016 CST

A new study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. highlights the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on workers comp systems.

(subscription required)Texas employers still opting out despite lawsuits

Published January 17, 2016 CST

When it comes to the state's workers compensation system, many Texas employers are eager to click "unsubscribe."

Business technical: Wearable devices at work

Published January 17, 2016 CST

Safety wearables could transform the comp industry sooner than expected thanks to AIG Inc.'s recent buy-in.

Dancing hamster gig leads to comp fraud conviction

Published January 27, 2016 CST

Tip: When collecting workers compensation and disability benefits, avoid showing off your sweet dance moves as a nimble rodent in a wildly popular series of Kia Motors car commercials.

Federal court backs employer that fired new hire over medical marijuana use

Published January 15, 2016 CST

Medical marijuana may be compensable under New Mexico's workers comp law, but that doesn't mean employers don't have the right to terminate employees for using it.

OSHA leaves employers guessing after temporary removal of slip, trip, fall proposal

Published January 21, 2016 CST

OSHA's surprising withdrawal of its proposed rule from the White House review process has created a conundrum for employers.

OSHA cites Dollar General store in Texas for safety violations

Published January 05, 2016 CST

Dollar General Corp. can't seem to stay out of trouble with OSHA.

Florida Supreme Court schedules arguments in workers comp case

Published January 26, 2016 CST

The case may pose the biggest challenge yet to the state's exclusive remedy provision.