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Growing earnings, workforce pushed comp costs up 6.9% in 2012: Report

Published August 26, 2014 CST

Workers compensation costs paid by employers rose 6.9% to $83.2 billion year-over-year in 2012, driven largely by an increase in worker numbers and earnings.

Ohio high court lets 'new' arena football team shed past comp experience

Published August 29, 2014 CST

Workers compensation rates for an arena football team’s new owner should not be based on the “entire” experience rating of the team under its former owner, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

NCCI proposes 2.5% workers comp rate decrease for Florida in 2015

Published August 26, 2014 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a statewide workers compensation rate decrease in Florida for the first time in four years, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said.

Global reinsurers' underwriting profits down in first half of 2014: Fitch

Published August 26, 2014 CST

The underwriting profits posted by global reinsurers fell in the first half of 2014 compared with the first six months of 2013, although the sector remained profitable.

Company kickball-game injury qualifies for comp: S.C. Supreme Court

Published August 28, 2014 CST

A South Carolina worker who was injured in a kickball game he organized for his employer should receive workers compensation benefits because he was expected by his employer to attend the game, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

Florida exclusive remedy ruling may upend workers compensation system

Published August 31, 2014 CST

Injured workers in Florida might be able to receive both workers compensation benefits and civil liability damages should an appeal filed last week by the Florida attorney general’s office fail to overturn a ruling that declared the state’s exclusive remedy provision unconstitutional.

CMS to launch Medicare set-aside calculator for prescription drug costs

Published August 25, 2014 CST

Online tool would allow workers compensation claim payers to determine how much money should be allocated for prescription drugs in Medicare set-aside accounts.

U.S. property/casualty reinsurer net premiums double in 2014 first half: RAA

Published August 25, 2014 CST

A survey of 18 U.S. property/casualty reinsurers by the Reinsurance Association of America showed net written premiums among the group more than doubled to $28.4 billion.

DEA reclassifies painkiller tramadol as a controlled substance

Published August 18, 2014 CST

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began labeling tramadol, an opioid pain medication, as a Schedule IV controlled substance on Monday, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register.

Register for Business Insurance's Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference

Published August 31, 2014 CST

From opioid management to keeping an aging workforce safe and healthy, industry experts will advise attendees on strategies and solutions to control their workers compensation costs during Business Insurance's fifth annual Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference.

Reclassification of opioid painkillers may boost workers compensation costs

Published August 31, 2014 CST

Tighter controls on opioid prescription painkillers issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration last month may increase workers compensation costs in the short term, but over the long term they could help reduce overuse of opioids.

Court upholds judgment against Union Pacific in railroad worker's death

Published August 22, 2014 CST

The Texas Court of Appeals has affirmed a $1.2 million judgment awarded to the family of a railroad employee who died from complications after being injured on the job.

U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

Published August 22, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs.

IN FOCUS Video: Hot Weather Worker Safety

Published August 19, 2014 CST

A look into heat-related worker safety issues and precautions companies can take to reduce the risk of illnesses and fatalities associated with working outside during hot summer months.

Wellness programs have value beyond medical cost savings: DMEC speaker

Published August 14, 2014 CST

LAS VEGAS — The business value of having a wellness program and a healthy workforce goes beyond the potential to reduce medical costs.

State judge rules Florida Workers' Compensation Act unconstitutional

Published August 15, 2014 CST

The Florida Workers' Compensation Act no longer provides adequate benefits to injured workers and is therefore unconstitutional, a Miami-Dade County, Florida, judge has ruled.

California comp rating bureau recommends 6.7% rate hike

Published August 20, 2014 CST

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California is recommending that the California Department of Insurance adopt a 6.7% increase in the state's pure premium workers compensation rate.

COMMENTARY: Robin Williams’ death shines light on depression

Published August 17, 2014 CST

The death of actor Robin Williams, who authorities say committed suicide, tragically brings into focus a daily issue for many people: depression. Mr. Williams, who reportedly took his own life after suffering from severe depression, was one of millions of people in the U.S. dealing with the disorder.

Oklahoma firms consider private coverage in wake of landmark workers comp law

Published August 17, 2014 CST

At least seven Oklahoma employers have opted out of the state's workers comp system since a new law went into effect, and more are considering the move to private coverage allowed under the landmark legislation.

Updated veteran hiring rules create challenges for federal contractors

Published August 17, 2014 CST

Federal contractors face more scrutiny — and fines — for the way they search for and hire veterans because of a final U.S. Department of Labor rule that went into effect in March.

BROKER BEAT: Alper Services L.L.C.

Published July 29, 2014 CST

Business Insurance Associate Editor Bill Kenealy speaks with David Macknin, president of Alper Services L.L.C., about issues currently affecting the Chicago-based insurance brokerage.

Rising use and cost of compounded medications in workers comp sparks concern

Published July 06, 2014 CST

The use and price of compounded medications in workers compensation has climbed sharply, prompting concerns about controlling prescription costs for comp claims and managing safety for injured workers.

Health reform law effects will trickle down to workers comp: Doctor

Published August 15, 2014 CST

LAS VEGAS — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes little mention of workers compensation, but the law will indirectly affect workers comp systems nationwide in both negative and positive ways.

Work-from-home policies for disabled employees need review after EEOC ruling

Published August 17, 2014 CST

In the wake of a federal court ruling that telecommuting is a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act, experts say employers should evaluate their work-from-home policies to determine how to handle disabled workers' requests.

BROKER BEAT: Bankers Insurance L.L.C.

Published July 15, 2014 CST

Business Insurance Senior Editor Rodd Zolkos speaks with Mike Hedden, senior vice president and director of operations for Bankers Insurance L.L.C., about issues currently affecting the bank-owned agency and brokerage firm.