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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.

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.

NFL concussion settlement funds will come from insurers and higher ticket prices

Published August 17, 2014 CST

The National Football League's financial settlement of former players' concussion-related litigation likely will be paid with a combination of insurer funds and higher prices for game tickets and media rights.

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.

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.

Easing concerns about returning to work gets employees back on the job sooner

Published August 17, 2014 CST

LAS VEGAS — Employees' expectations and fears about returning to work better predict how long they'll be out of work than other factors, including a clinical diagnosis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pacific Gas & Electric aims for total absence management approach

Published August 17, 2014 CST

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to implement a program to coordinate all of its time-off policies, including vacation, sick leave, workers compensation and short- and long-term disability, said Bryon Bass, its San Francisco-based director of integrated disability management in workforce health.

Compliance needs drive employer interest in integration of benefits programs

Published August 17, 2014 CST

To ensure compliance with federal and state laws and company policies, employers of all sizes are becoming more interested in integrating their leave, disability and workers compensation programs.

Oklahoma’s new administrative system cuts number of disputed workers comp cases

Published August 17, 2014 CST

As part of a new law that allows certain Oklahoma employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, a three-member Workers' Compensation Commission has been established as has an administrative dispute resolution process.

Return-to-work policies for workers with mental illness require sensitivity

Published August 17, 2014 CST

Return-to-work policies for employees with mental illness such as depression or anxiety should include flexible scheduling and communication with employees to understand accommodations they need while recovering from such conditions.

California workers comp premium rate expected to jump 6.7% in 2015

Published August 14, 2014 CST

The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is set to recommend a 6.7% increase in the state’s pure premium workers compensation rate next year, the bureau said Wednesday.

Injured worker who had just quit wins appeal for workers comp

Published August 12, 2014 CST

A Pennsylvania health care firm must pay workers compensation benefits to a former employee who was injured shortly after resigning from his job, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled Monday.

Rules for providing equipment to employees who work from home still unclear

Published August 17, 2014 CST

Employers who allow telecommuting as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act may be required to provide some equipment for an employee's home office, but there are no clear-cut rules regarding what an employer must provide, said Linda Batiste, principal consultant with the Job Accommodation Network in Morgantown, West Virginia.

FMLA-related notices should not be sent by regular mail: Court

Published August 07, 2014 CST

Employers should not be sending mandated FMLA notices by regular mail, says an appeals court in reversing a ruling in which an employee claimed she had never received the notice.

Ohio workers comp bureau plans $1B rebate to policyholders

Published August 13, 2014 CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation plans to distribute a $1 billion rebate to public- and private-sector workers comp policyholders, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday.

OFF BEAT: Wannabe pageant queen takes runway walk to fraud charges

Published August 14, 2014 CST

Though style will always trump comfort for beauty pageant contestants, a pair of shoes got one beauty queen in trouble with the law.

Liberty Mutual liability reinsurance deal with Berkshire Hathaway raises questions

Published August 03, 2014 CST

Liberty Mutual's deal to reinsure billions of dollars in long-tail liabilities through Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s National Indemnity Co. results in a financial boost for Liberty Mutual, but might mean slower claim payments for policyholders.