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Staffing agency chief arrested over fake comp policies

Published July 26, 2016 CST

The executive allegedly stole more than $1 million from clients who thought he was providing workers comp and payroll services.

Firefighter due comp benefits for PTSD following co-worker's death

Published August 03, 2016 CST

The firefighter saw his colleague fatally injured while battling a house fire in March 2010.

State high court rulings to squeeze workers comp system

Published August 04, 2016 CST

NCCI says an increase in unfunded liabilities for Florida's comp system is expected to exceed $1 billion following recent state Supreme Court rulings.

Comp approved despite dead worker's positive drug test

Published August 04, 2016 CST

The daughter of a Texas worker who tested positive for marijuana at the time of his death is entitled to workers comp benefits.

Florida workers comp challenge seeks U.S. Supreme Court review

Published July 21, 2016 CST

The case questions whether Florida's comp system is an adequate exclusive remedy for injured workers.

Think tank eyes comp opt-out options for Illinois

Published August 03, 2016 CST

An alternative workers comp system could help employers control costs and better serve injured workers, the Illinois Policy Institute says.

More OSHA safety violations for Dollar General

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Discount retailer Dollar General Corp. has once again been cited and is facing $105,600 in proposed OSHA fines.

(subscription required)Athletes play hardball over concussions

Published July 31, 2016 CST

Concerns about the long-term effects of head trauma could lead some insurers to add exclusions to sports insurance policies.

Texas prescription drug formulary delivers savings

Published July 25, 2016 CST

The state reported a large decline in the prescribing of “N” drugs for injured workers since a controlled formulary was put into place.

Leading or lagging, near misses indicate workplace safety risks

Published July 20, 2016 CST

A near miss is an unplanned safety event that could have, but did not, result in an injury or illness.

(subscription required)Employers cut losses by including workers in safety strategies

Published July 17, 2016 CST

ATLANTA — Employers are engaging their employees in health and safety efforts and working to overcome a “culture of fear” that prevents workers from helping to correct hazards and behaviors that could lead to workplace incidents, experts said.

Workers comp cycle poised to tighten for insurers, buyers

Published July 13, 2016 CST

Some companies could find it difficult to secure workers comp coverage next year if underwriting loss predictions are realized.

Well-known comp disability guidelines removed from federal database

Published June 29, 2016 CST

The Official Disability Guidelines are the basis of how many states manage medical treatment for injured workers.

(subscription required)Post-injury drug testing under fire

Published June 05, 2016 CST

OSHA rule says employers should limit testing to situations in which employee drug use is likely to have contributed to an incident.

EEOC keeps eye on employers long after settlements

Published July 22, 2016 CST

The commission is expected to continue to use consent decrees to force companies to properly accommodate disabled employees.

Employer on hook for retroactive comp premiums

Published July 22, 2016 CST

Ohio Supreme Court backs state workers comp bureau on reclassifying workers and assessing $1.6 million in back premiums.

Employers urged to handle older workers with care

Published July 22, 2016 CST

Disability Management Employer Coalition told to take action to mitigate injury risks to retain the experienced employees.

U.S. Steel drops injury reporting policy, reverses punishments

Published July 26, 2016 CST

The company had required workers to immediately report injuries and illnesses and punished them for failing to abide by the policy.

Employer cited for tortilla-making safety hazards

Published August 02, 2016 CST

OSHA regulators say the Texas company exposed workers to extreme heat and failed to protect them from dangerous machinery.

Shipyard cited for allowing repeated exposures to lead, asbestos

Published August 01, 2016 CST

A Wisconsin company is facing $1.4 million in proposed fines and was deemed a severe violator of safety and health regulations.

(subscription required)Opioid law provides limited relief to big problem

Published July 31, 2016 CST

A federal law aimed at cutting opioid addiction lacks funding and scope, but could still help injured workers.

Insurer group opposed to latest comp opt-out efforts

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Opt-out legislation isn't the way to reform Illinois' workers comp system, the American Insurance Association says.

Steel mill faces safety fines after sling bolt failure

Published August 05, 2016 CST

An Arkansas steel mill has been cited and is facing $56,000 in proposed fines from federal workplace safety regulators after an employee fatality.

Insurance group finds lackluster support for comp law

Published August 01, 2016 CST

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators says it won't propose a model law for workers comp opt-out programs.

Fatal fall leads to repeat OSHA citation for conveyor company

Published August 02, 2016 CST

A Kentucky employer is facing $320,400 in proposed fines after a worker fell 22 feet to his death.