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Traveling worker's car accident not compensable

Published November 10, 2015 CST

A state appeals court has ruled on a man who died from injuries he sustained in a car accident while out of town on business.

Suit challenges 'core' of Florida's workers comp system

Published November 12, 2015 CST

Florida Supreme Court takes a case that goes to the heart of the state's exclusive remedy provision.

Worker who got mesothelioma 40 years after job caught in comp catch-22

Published November 04, 2015 CST

A split court has ruled that workers comp was the exclusive remedy for a man who developed asbestos-related mesothelioma more than a decade after a deadline had run out for seeking occupational disease-related benefits.

Texas limits access to opioids for comp injuries

Published October 26, 2015 CST

Prescriptions for the powerful painkillers fentanyl transdermal patches and MS Contin will require preauthorization in Texas as of Feb. 1.

28 charged in million-dollar workers comp scheme

Published November 17, 2015 CST

Nearly 30 injured workers, physicians and claims examiners around Dallas have been charged with fraudulently billing the U.S. DOL's Office of Worker Compensation Programs.

Overprescribing doctor convicted of murder in opioid overdoses

Published November 04, 2015 CST

For the first time nationwide, a doctor has been convicted of murder for overprescribing prescription drugs.

Dollar General faces more fines for safety violations

Published November 02, 2015 CST

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

OSHA eyes joint employer liability for franchise safety violations

Published October 29, 2015 CST

A franchisor and franchisee could both be held liable as employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, according to an internal OSHA memo.

Employers wary of OSHA's pursuit of electronic injury reporting rule

Published October 22, 2015 CST

Much to the dismay of many employers, OSHA is moving forward with its new, more stringent electronic recordkeeping requirements for workplace injuries and illnesses.

U.S. attorney targets 'rampant corruption' in workers comp scheme

Published November 11, 2015 CST

Eight indicted for allegedly submitting $25 million in fraudulent billings to California comp insurers, and U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy says there's more to come.

OSHA safety penalties to rise for the first time since 1990

Published November 04, 2015 CST

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law by President Obama on Monday, includes a provision that will raise OSHA's safety penalties for the first time in 15 years.

Will New York workers comp compliance program disadvantage payers?

Published November 05, 2015 CST

New York's new payer compliance program uses financial penalties as an incentive to expedite benefit payments to injured workers. However, not everyone is a fan of the new system.

Calif. independent medical review seen reducing disputes

Published November 05, 2015 CST

Now that California's independent medical review process has been deemed constitutional, comp experts are hoping to see fewer disputes over the medical treatment of injured workers.

Injured workers in Texas returning to work faster

Published November 06, 2015 CST

Injured employees in Texas are returning to work sooner and sooner, according to a new study.

Worker hurt on lunch break eligible for comp

Published November 11, 2015 CST

A worker whose chair collapsed while he was eating lunch is entitled to permanent total disability benefits, a Missouri court has ruled.

Congressmen ask DOL to hone in on workers comp changes

Published October 22, 2015 CST

A group of U.S. Senate and House members has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to increase federal scrutiny of state workers compensation programs.

Workers comp insurers boost premiums, profitability: Analysis

Published October 29, 2015 CST

The U.S. workers compensation insurance industry is enjoying improved results for the fourth consecutive year, thanks to a solid underwriting performance.

Constitutionality of workers comp medical review process upheld

Published October 29, 2015 CST

An appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of California's requirement that treatment of an injured worker be approved by a claims adjuster unless a physician deems it medically unnecessary.

Recycling facility gets safety citation after worker struck by forklift

Published November 16, 2015 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $84,000 in fines against a New York recycling facility as a result of a forklift incident that injured an employee.

Integrating absence, disability management creates efficiency

Published October 28, 2015 CST

During Business Insurance's sixth annual Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference, Terri Rhodes, CEO of the San Diego-based Disability Management Employer Coalition, outlines the advantages of integrated absence and disability management.

OSHA cites chicken plant after worker loses part of finger

Published October 19, 2015 CST

Poultry processor Koch Foods ignored a March 2014 OSHA machine safety citation and a worker paid for that decision a year later with part of his middle finger. Now, OSHA is making Koch Foods pay as well.

Kansas cutting workers comp rates up to 11.6%

Published October 23, 2015 CST

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has heeded NCCI's rate cut recommendations and approved a decrease in the state's voluntary workers compensation advisory rates for 2016.

Florida orders 5.1% workers comp rate decrease

Published November 05, 2015 CST

National Council on Compensation Insurance proposed just a 1.9% reduction.

Connecticut to cut workers comp rate for 2016

Published November 09, 2015 CST

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade has approved a 3.9% reduction in voluntary market workers comp advisory rates.

Workers comp rating organization names new leader

Published October 23, 2015 CST

NCCI has named William E. Donnell as its new president and CEO.