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Private equity firm acquires York Risk Services for $1.325B

Published October 13, 2014 CST

Toronto-based private equity firm Onex Corp. has closed on a deal to acquire third-party administrator York Risk Services Group Inc. for $1.325 billion, York said in a statement.

Adding urine testing reduces opioid use and costs for comp patients

Published October 14, 2014 CST

In coordination with clinical monitoring and oversight, urine drug testing reduces the use of and amount paid for high-risk medications, including opioids, among injured workers, according to new studies by Helios.

Workers compensation ruling highlights exposure to commuter risks

Published October 12, 2014 CST

Workers in all states who are injured while commuting to or from their jobs typically are not entitled to workers compensation under the “going and coming” rule, but employers would be wise to defend themselves against exceptions.

Trend of cutting benefits for part-time workers may add to workers comp costs

Published October 12, 2014 CST

With employers reducing their costs by cutting health insurance for part-time workers, workers compensation and safety experts worry that uninsured part-time workers may drive a spike in the frequency of comp claims.

Injured Florida worker granted $2,000 advance on comp benefits

Published October 08, 2014 CST

A Florida injured worker was due an advance payment of workers compensation benefits because she proved that she faced financial hardship from her workplace injury, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

Workers comp reform hasn't helped Illinois' construction industry

Published October 13, 2014 CST

It's been three years since sweeping reforms to Illinois workers compensation laws reduced the costs for treating injured employees. But those in the construction industry say they have yet to see meaningful reductions in premium costs.

OSHA fines Dollar Tree $262,500 for safety violations at Texas store

Published October 16, 2014 CST

Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. is facing $262,500 in fines from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration because of alleged safety violations at a Texas Dollar Tree store.

Doctors prescribe more Schedule II painkillers for injuries in four states

Published October 16, 2014 CST

Physicians in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey prescribed Schedule II narcotics to injured workers more frequently than physicians in other states.

Employee delivery drivers can’t be reclassified as contractors, court rules

Published October 17, 2014 CST

Delivery drivers who went from being classified as employees to independent contractors can rely on the California Industrial Welfare Commission's definition of “employee” for claims that fall within the scope of its wage orders, California's 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled.

Workers' compensation rates drop again in Michigan

Published October 15, 2014 CST

Businesses in Michigan are continuing to see savings in their workers compensation rates and have saved more than $277 million since 2011, a fact the state now touts to companies interested in coming to Michigan.