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Opioid addiction suit puts workers comp payers on alert

Published May 21, 2015 CST

Experts urge workers compensation payers to take steps to avoid overprescribing or doctor shopping following a state Supreme Court's decision allowing patients to sue physicians and pharmacies for contributing to their addiction to opioids.

(subscription required)NHL may follow football's lead on concussion lawsuits

Published May 24, 2015 CST

Concussion-related lawsuits by professional football players are likely to guide the National Hockey League's legal strategy in similar cases filed by retired hockey players, including the possibility they will be settled out of court.

(subscription required)Shift to on-demand workforce exposes gaps in disability insurance

Published May 24, 2015 CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers compensation needs to evolve to keep up with today's growing on-demand economy, experts urge.

Reporting delays tied to higher workers comp claim costs

Published May 26, 2015 CST

Delays in reporting work-related injuries can cause workers compensation claim costs to increase by up to 51%, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

(subscription required)Nurses struggle with injuries despite lifting aids

Published May 24, 2015 CST

As nurses and other health care workers continue to suffer high levels of lifting-related musculoskeletal injuries, safety managers are working to establish workplace patient handling regimens before proposed legislation would mandate such procedures nationwide.

Lumbermen’s ordered into financial rehabilitation

Published May 21, 2015 CST

Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, a Boca Raton, Florida-based workers compensation insurer, has been placed into rehabilitation by a Missouri court, according to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

School's out! Injuries to teen workers swell

Published May 22, 2015 CST

As the summer job season approaches and more teens begin looking for work, employers should focus on training and giving them age-appropriate tasks.

South Carolina considers workers comp opt-out system

Published May 20, 2015 CST

South Carolina legislators have introduced a bill that would allow employers to create alternative benefit plans for injured workers rather than providing traditional workers compensation insurance coverage for employees.

Illinois governor pushes workers comp reform

Published May 26, 2015 CST

Workers compensation reform bills to advance Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's fiscal turnaround plan for the state have been filed in the state House of Representatives and Senate.

Variability of specialty drug prices requires improved oversight

Published May 18, 2015 CST

MINNEAPOLIS — With specialty drugs accounting for an ever-rising percentage of overall U.S. prescription drug spending, employers need to improve measurement and oversight of the medications provided to workers, speakers said Monday at World At Work's Total Rewards 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis.

First responders, employee definition top workers comp legislation

Published May 15, 2015 CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — A large number of workers compensation bills proposed during the first quarter of 2015 involve first responders and the definition of an employee, speakers said at the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.'s 2015 Issues Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

MRSA infection leads to impairment, return to work ruling

Published May 04, 2015 CST

A Tennessee maintenance technician who developed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a drug-resistant staph infection, from a work-related injury is entitled to a 7% impairment rating and was denied a “meaningful return to work."

Earlier cash settlement doesn't reduce workers comp benefits

Published May 19, 2015 CST

An employer can’t receive credit for the full amount of a lump-sum workers compensation settlement to lower the amount of benefits due to a former employee whose case was reopened, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled.

Social media posts put brakes on man's chronic fatigue fraud

Published May 20, 2015 CST

An insurance cheat who claimed that illness had stopped him working was caught out by his social media posts detailing his hobby of modifying fast cars and driving them on the roads and racetracks of Cyprus.

Montana workers comp fund lowers rates for next policy year

Published May 05, 2015 CST

The Montana State Fund Board of Directors has announced an average overall 5% workers compensation advisory rate decrease for policyholders in the state.

Pharmacy benefit manager acquires Medicare compliance unit

Published May 18, 2015 CST

Helios, a Memphis, Tennessee-based pharmacy benefit management and settlement services firm, has acquired Ringler Medicare Solutions Inc., a Medicare Secondary Payer compliance unit, the companies announced in a statement.

North Dakota 'an exceptionally dangerous' place to work

Published April 30, 2015 CST

North Dakota had the highest job fatality rate in the nation in 2013 due to worker deaths in the oil and gas extraction and construction sectors, according to the AFL-CIO.

(subscription required)UP CLOSE: Darrell Brown

Published May 24, 2015 CST


Labor Department fines DuPont over gas leak deaths

Published May 14, 2015 CST

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday said a DuPont facility in Texas could have prevented the deaths of four workers last year if the company had taken proper safety precautions.

Turbulent times ahead for workers compensation

Published May 14, 2015 CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite improved financial indicators, the head of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. says the workers compensation sector should prepare for “difficult times” as workplaces and the workforce evolve.

Are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors?

Published May 07, 2015 CST

A lawsuit filed by an injured driver seeking workers compensation benefits from ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. highlights ongoing debate over criteria that are used determine whether workers are independent contractors or employees.

Fish oil firm fights FDA for off-label use

Published May 11, 2015 CST

A biopharmaceutical company has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in federal court for the right to market its fish oil pill for off-label use.

(subscription required)OSHA addresses deadly electrical risks

Published May 10, 2015 CST

Federal regulators' adoption of industry consensus standards shows their desire to keep up-to-date with worker safety risks posed by electricity, including highly dangerous arc flashes that cause thousands of burns each year.

'At-will' worker who delayed reporting injury can't fight firing

Published May 13, 2015 CST

A worker who was fired from his job for waiting to properly report a work injury can’t move forward with a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer, a Mississippi appellate court ruled Tuesday.

(subscription required)OSHA upgrades workplace violence prevention guide

Published May 10, 2015 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its workplace violence prevention guide for the health care and social services industry — but a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan is a best practice for all employers, experts say.