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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.

State cracks down on Berkshire units over unregulated comp policies

Published June 29, 2016 CST

California insurance regulators have issued cease-and-desist orders to two Berkshire Hathaway-owned companies.

Workers comp market profitable for now

Published July 07, 2016 CST

The U.S. workers comp market generated a “significant” profit in 2015, but underwriting losses are ahead, Fitch Ratings says.

Court rulings prompt NCCI to seek 19.6% comp rate hike

Published July 06, 2016 CST

NCCI has proposed a nearly 20% comp rate increase in Florida to cover the projected impact of recent state Supreme Court rulings.

Higher OSHA fines could deter all but largest employers

Published July 01, 2016 CST

Maximum fines for workplace safety violations are set to increase by 78% in August.

Call goes out for new generation of safety and health professionals

Published June 29, 2016 CST

Experts see a troubling lack of young talent in the safety industry, which is experiencing an increasing number of retirements.

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.

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

Published July 21, 2016 CST

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a challenge of the constitutionality of Florida's workers comp system after the state Supreme Court declined to rule.

NHL players can see Chubb's redacted concussion exam results

Published July 18, 2016 CST

More than 100 retired NHL players claim the league didn't do enough to protect them from concussions.

OSHA seen enforcing electronic recordkeeping rule despite lawsuit

Published July 13, 2016 CST

A legal battle over OSHA's electronic recordkeeping rule should not stop employers from reviewing their workplace safety policies.

State proposes rule changes to workers comp experience rating plan

Published June 29, 2016 CST

California's workers comp rating bureau is seeking regulatory updates that could affect comp policy pricing for employers.

Worker injured in icy parking lot fall at job eligible for comp

Published June 30, 2016 CST

Despite state law, an Oklahoma worker who fell in her employer's icy parking lot before clocking in is entitled to comp benefits.

(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.

Obama expected to sign act aiming to chip away at opioid woes

Published July 20, 2016 CST

A bill would aid opioid addiction recovery and prevention programs that could help addicted injured workers.

Construction sector to see greatest impact of OSHA's new silica rule

Published June 28, 2016 CST

Construction employers will be required to comply with stricter silica exposure limits for workers by June 23, 2017.

Excluding farm, ranch laborers from comp system found unconstitutional

Published July 05, 2016 CST

Excluding agricultural workers from New Mexico's comp system is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Industry groups join to fight electronic injury reporting rule

Published July 08, 2016 CST

Associations, employers and an insurance company have filed a legal challenge against OSHA's controversial electronic record-keeping rule.

Harley-Davidson's ramped-up worker safety program pays off

Published July 20, 2016 CST

The firm had a poor health and safety record for many years, but turned that around with a major safety overhaul.

Food company cited on forklift safety after worker death

Published July 05, 2016 CST

A food manufacturer has been cited and is facing $107,000 in proposed fines from federal workplace safety regulators after an employee died from a 24-foot fall.

Texas employer wins right to use arbitration in worker injury dispute

Published July 12, 2016 CST

A Texas workers comp nonsubscriber can compel the arbitration of an injured nurse's claim, a state court of appeals ruled.

Workers comp could learn from health care quality playbook

Published July 14, 2016 CST

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The focus on quality of care in the health care industry is currently seen as a way to improve patient outcomes, but experts say such an initiative is also needed in workers compensation in order to drive quality of care for injured workers.

GM can offset workers comp benefits with Social Security disability

Published July 18, 2016 CST

GM and the UAW agreed the automaker can use disability pension benefits to reduce workers comp benefits for all workers.

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.

Employers strive for zero-injury workplaces

Published June 30, 2016 CST

Clients and investors are demanding that businesses strive for and achieve strong safety records, corporate executives say.

Injuries from falls span all ages

Published June 29, 2016 CST

Adults under age 65 account for two-thirds of fall-related injuries in the U.S., a Liberty Mutual report shows.