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Most employers don't measure cost of worker absences: Survey

Published July 23, 2014 CST

The majority of employers don't measure the impact of absence on their bottom line, despite the fact that it costs about 8% of payroll on average, according to an Aon Hewitt survey released Wednesday.

Xerox closes buyout of workers comp firm ISG Services

Published June 12, 2014 CST

Xerox Corp. has completed a deal to acquire workers compensation services provider ISG Services Inc. for $225 million, adding to the corporation's presence in what it sees as a “growing” workers comp market.

Ohio workers comp bureau agrees to pay as much as $420M in settlement

Published July 24, 2014 CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has settled its long-standing legal dispute with a group of small business owners.

Travelers ordered to pay over $500M in asbestos case

Published July 22, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Travelers Cos. should pay more than $500 million to satisfy asbestos-related claims stemming from its coverage of policyholder Johns-Manville Corp.

Florida packing plant's workers accused of workers comp fraud

Published July 22, 2014 CST

The vast majority of workers at a Naples, Florida, produce packing plant are accused in a scheme to commit workers compensation fraud, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Tuesday.

Pleading the Fifth on immigration status no bar to workers comp benefits in Pa.

Published July 23, 2014 CST

A Pennsylvania employer should not have stopped payment of workers compensation benefits to an employee who declined to testify about his immigration status during a hearing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

All Risks offers specialty workers comp class for home healthcare risks

Published July 23, 2014 CST

All Risks Ltd.’s workers compensation specialty division has announced a specialty class workers compensation for home healthcare risks.

Colorado court to hear case of licensed marijuana user fired by Dish Network

Published April 27, 2014 CST

In Brandon Coats v. Dish Network L.L.C., the Colorado Supreme Court is weighing whether Dish Network had the right to fire Mr. Coats, who is quadriplegic and licensed to use medical marijuana in Colorado.

RPM reaches $797.5M deal to resolve Bondex asbestos claims

Published July 28, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — RPM International Inc. announced a $797.5 million deal to resolve asbestos claims against its Bondex International Inc. unit, which filed for protection from creditors in 2010 after mounting personal injury lawsuits.

West Virginia workers comp rates to decrease 9.1% on Nov. 1

Published July 28, 2014 CST

West Virginia workers compensation rates are set to decrease 9.1% this fall, which the state says will result in $32 million in premium savings for employers.

Employers re-emphasize drug-free policies, despite legalization of marijuana

Published April 27, 2014 CST

Companies with employees in states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana are reemphasizing and, in some cases, strengthening their drug-free workplace policies and safety procedures.

Rules changes give Texas workers comp commissioner greater authority

Published July 22, 2014 CST

The Texas Division of Workers Compensation has adopted rules that will give its commissioner increased authority next month over cases heard by the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles disputes over workers comp medical care and provider reimbursement.

Employers search for cheap, accurate marijuana intoxication test

Published April 27, 2014 CST

Employers in Colorado and Washington say they would like to see testing improved to more easily determine an employee's current level of marijuana intoxication

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.

Liberty Mutual enters multibillion-dollar reinsurance deal with National Indemnity

Published July 17, 2014 CST

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has entered into a multibillion-dollar retroactive reinsurance transaction with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s National Indemnity Co. to cover asbestos-related and other long-term liabilities.

OSHA cites Omaha feed company for fatal plant collapse

Published July 21, 2014 CST

OSHA has cited an Omaha, Nebraska-based livestock feed manufacturer for multiple federal safety and health violations following a deadly partial collapse at its processing plant in January.

Travelers sues NFL, insurers over former players' prescription drug lawsuit

Published July 14, 2014 CST

Travelers Cos. Inc. is suing the National Football League and more than two dozen other insurers in New York state court, saying it has no obligation to defend the NFL in a prescription drug-related lawsuit filed by more than 500 former players.

Pa. employers needn't notify comp claimants of utilization review: Court

Published July 18, 2014 CST

Pennsylvania employers aren’t obligated to notify claimants when seeking utilization reviews of their treatment, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled.

U.S. judge blocks Massachusetts ban on opioid painkiller Zohydro ER

Published July 09, 2014 CST

A federal judge has blocked a Massachusetts regulation meant to restrict sales of Zohydro ER, a powerful opioid painkiller, after Gov. Deval Patrick sought to ban the drug's availability in the state.

Man crushed by truck entitled to accessible van, pay for care by wife: Court

Published July 10, 2014 CST

A worker who received workers compensation benefits when he was crushed by a tractor-trailer is also entitled to a wheelchair-accessible van and compensation for his wife, who provides his in-home care, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled.

Colo. high court to hear case of fired quadriplegic who tested positive for pot

Published July 16, 2014 CST

The Colorado Supreme Court will hear arguments in September in the case of a former Dish Network L.L.C. employee who says he was wrongfully fired for using medical marijuana.

Beware workers' 'mid-afternoon dip,' safety adviser warns

Published June 12, 2014 CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Employers with workers in high-risk positions should beware of the “mid-afternoon dip,” when workers are prone to falling asleep on the job.

Telemedicine gains ground in treatment of injured workers

Published July 06, 2014 CST

Telemedicine is gaining ground in treating injured workers, especially in rural areas, to speed their evaluation and possibly reduce the costs paid by employers.

Reform bill shows progress keeping check on Calif. comp rates: Report

Published July 18, 2014 CST

Workers compensation rate increases would have been 3% higher for California employers in 2013 if reforms had not been enacted, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Oil boom and fracking cause spike in energy industry workplace deaths

Published July 06, 2014 CST

Employers, safety professionals and insurers are working to promote workplace safety as the fast-growing energy industry tries to stem fatalities among employees who work long hours while operating heavy machinery and vehicles.