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(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.

Berkshire unit's comp snafu puts insurers under the microscope

Published June 21, 2016 CST

The California Department of Insurance said it is looking into whether workers compensation insurers are selling unfiled policies and rates.

Tax on opioids to fund treatment programs could hike workers comp costs

Published June 08, 2016 CST

Seven senators proposing levy see it cutting usage much like the cigarette tax did; opponents beg to differ.

OSHA weighs more involvement from comp insurers in safety efforts

Published June 16, 2016 CST

New electronic reporting rules and the public data they create will raise the stakes for loss control.

Florida disability benefits cap struck down in 'Westphal' case

Published June 09, 2016 CST

A limit on temporary comp benefits “deprives" injured workers "at a critical time” in their recovery, Florida's high court ruled.

Employers face sticker shock with retroactive OSHA fine increases

Published June 01, 2016 CST

Companies likely will face sharply higher OSHA fines even though the agency's penalty structure doesn't officially change until Aug. 1.

(subscription required)Light duty assignments create risks

Published June 05, 2016 CST

Court rules that transitional jobs to ease injured employees' return to work require monitoring.

OSHA amplifies efforts to limit construction workers' noise exposures

Published June 15, 2016 CST

The administration has started the process for a potential — and some argue long overdue — Noise in Construction standard.

Comp industry hopeful implant will fight opioid addiction in injured workers

Published June 15, 2016 CST

Workers comp experts say the first implant to treat opioid addiction could be a useful tool in preventing overdoses and deaths.

Attorney fee ruling could mean comp rate hikes

Published June 01, 2016 CST

Florida's workers comp system may see rate increases due to the fallout of a recent state high court decision.

Ashley Furniture settles OSHA charges

Published June 09, 2016 CST

OSHA and Ashley Furniture have reached a $1.75 million settlement to address safety hazards at facilities operated by the company.

Employers warned not to use drug tests to deter injury reporting

Published June 16, 2016 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could cite employers who use post-incident drug testing policies to retaliate against employees reporting injuries and illnesses under the agency’s electronic record-keeping rule, according to an agency official.

(subscription required)Florida braces for big comp rate hikes

Published June 19, 2016 CST

Recent rulings in high-profile cases undercut cost controls.

State takes on opioid addiction with 7-day limit on prescriptions

Published June 23, 2016 CST

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill into law that takes aim at the state's opioid problem.

Vast majority of comp treatment denials upheld on review

Published June 06, 2016 CST

Nearly 90% of independent medical reviews for California claims uphold utilization review medical decisions.

Ammonia release leads to safety citations for frozen food company

Published June 01, 2016 CST

OSHA says Dickinson Frozen Foods was unprepared to respond to the release of 1,300 pounds of anhydrous ammonia at an Idaho facility.

Construction company cited for fall hazards

Published June 01, 2016 CST

A Texas steel erection company is facing $175,700 in proposed safety fines from OSHA.

Construction firms cited after plumber's death in trench collapse

Published June 17, 2016 CST

Two Nebraska construction companies have been cited and are facing a combined $52,000 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators after a 61-year-old plumber died in a trench collapse.

Lab student's Zika infection highlights hazards

Published June 16, 2016 CST

OSHA says it has no jurisdiction over a workplace incident in which a worker contracted the virus.

FDA approves first implant to treat opioid addiction

Published May 26, 2016 CST

The matchstick-sized implant is less susceptible to abuse or the illicit resale that plagues existing oral therapies for narcotic dependence.

Foundry faces safety citations for amputation and other hazards

Published June 23, 2016 CST

An Ohio foundry has been cited by and is facing $143,150 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators for exposing workers to amputation, hearing loss and respiratory damage hazards.

Employers worry OSHA rule could cast unfair light on injury data

Published May 12, 2016 CST

Stakeholders have major concerns about the fairness of and potential data manipulation under OSHA's final electronic record-keeping rule.

OSHA rule discourages blanket post-injury drug tests

Published May 12, 2016 CST

A new electronic recordkeeping rule prohibits employers from using drug testing to threaten ill or injured workers.

New York comp reforms part of business-climate proposals

Published June 06, 2016 CST

Business Regulation Council offers 26 suggestions to reduce the cost of doing business without compromising worker safety.

Fired whistleblower truck driver gets his job back

Published June 09, 2016 CST

OSHA ordered a trucking firm to reinstate and pay more than $276,000 in back wages and damages to an illegally fired truck driver.