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Sedgwick expands with specialized insurance claims service acquisition

Published September 17, 2014 CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire T&H Global Holdings L.L.C. and its subsidiaries, the Memphis, Tennessee-based third-party administrator said Wednesday.

Marsh names exec to lead research for its workers compensation excellence center

Published September 19, 2014 CST

Tom Ryan has been named workers compensation market research leader for Marsh L.L.C.'s Workers' Compensation Center of Excellence, the insurance broker said Friday.

Ayurvedic treatment in India not eligible for workers comp in Pennsylvania: Court

Published September 18, 2014 CST

The Ayurvedic treatment a Pennsylvania nurse received in India is not eligible for workers compensation benefits, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled.

NCCI recommends lower workers compensation rates for 15 states

Published September 14, 2014 CST

An improving workers compensation market is driving the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to recommend more decreases in state workers comp rates for next year.

Wearable devices can be used by employers to track worker health and safety

Published September 14, 2014 CST

Wearable devices could help employers improve the health and safety of their workers.

OSHA tightens reporting requirements for fatalities, injuries and illness

Published September 15, 2014 CST

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new rule to tighten its fatality, injury and illness reporting requirements as of 2015.

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.

2013 California workers comp reforms will define market for years to come

Published September 14, 2014 CST

DANA POINT, Calif. — Legislative actions at the state and federal level will continue to define the California workers compensation market for years to come, according to experts monitoring the effect of recent workers comp reforms in the state.

American Apparel settles unsafe workplace charges for $1M

Published September 10, 2014 CST

Clothing company American Apparel L.L.C. will pay a $1 million settlement for failing to provide a safe workplace after an employee died at a company worksite in Garden Grove, California.

Workers comp industry needs strategies to combat opioid abuse: Panel

Published September 11, 2014 CST

DANA POINT, California — Workers compensation professionals need a comprehensive strategy to address the risk of opioid abuse among injured workers, speakers said at the 2014 California Workers' Compensation & Risk Conference.

Missouri workers comp law bars negligence lawsuit against co-worker: Court

Published September 10, 2014 CST

A construction worker can't file a negligence action against his supervisor despite the fact that the exclusive remedy provisions of Missouri's workers compensation law didn't cover co-workers at the time he was injured.

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.

California may see stable workers comp pricing despite rate hike: Panel

Published September 11, 2014 CST

DANA POINT, California — The conditions that have caused the California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau to recommend an increase in workers comp rates will not necessarily affect pricing in the near term.

New Yorkers getting more lump sum disability payments since 2007 comp reforms

Published September 04, 2014 CST

There has been a decrease in cases that only receive permanent partial disability payments and an increase in cases that only receive a lump-sum payment since New York's 2007 workers comp reforms went into effect.

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. DEA last month may increase workers compensation costs in the short term.

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.

Illinois workers comp rates to drop 5.5% in 2015

Published September 09, 2014 CST

Illinois businesses will see a 5.5% cut in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, a spokesman for the state said Tuesday.

IN FOCUS Video: Prescription drug restrictions

Published September 02, 2014 CST

A look into the effects of tighter regulation the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is set to implement nationwide on pharmacy dispensing of hydrocodone painkillers.

New California law adds to employers' heat safety obligations

Published July 20, 2014 CST

Broiling summer heat, an aging workforce and a booming construction industry in some areas of the country are raising concerns about heat-related illness risks for workers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.