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Willis places $250M earthquake cat bond for California workers comp fund

Published September 26, 2014 CST

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory has completed a $250 million earthquake catastrophe bond for California's State Compensation Insurance Fund, the Willis Group Holdings P.L.C., unit said Friday.

OSHA toughens injury reporting requirements

Published September 28, 2014 CST

Employers are not convinced stricter federal requirements on reporting workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses will greatly improve workplace safety, but they say they will spend more time and money on compliance.

Illinois workers not required to give notice before seeking treatment: Court

Published September 29, 2014 CST

Courts rule that Illinois employers can't require workers to provide notice prior to seeking medical treatment for workplace injuries.

Illinois workers comp medical fee rates to increase 1.7% in 2015

Published September 24, 2014 CST

Illinois workers compensation medical fee schedule rates are set to increase 1.7% next year, the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission said.

NCCI recommends Kansas workers comp rate cut of 10.4% in 2015

Published September 25, 2014 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 10.4% decrease in Kansas workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

Ohio workers comp bureau proposes 9.1% cut in local government rates

Published September 25, 2014 CST

Ohio’s cities and school districts are catching a break, thanks to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Oklahoma comp commission seeks more funding for current, next fiscal years

Published September 30, 2014 CST

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission has approved requests for additional funding in the current fiscal year and a budget of nearly $7 million for fiscal year 2016, the commission confirmed Tuesday.

OFF BEAT: Insurer trying to sack former NFL player, reality TV star

Published September 23, 2014 CST

After leaving his mark on professional football and starring on a reality TV show, Tampa, Florida, personal injury attorney Brad Culpepper is making a name for himself in the world of workers compensation fraud.

Hydrocodone, oxycodone top opioids dispensed by Pennsylvania doctors

Published September 22, 2014 CST

Hydrocodone-acetaminophen and oxycodone-acetaminophen are the two most commonly dispensed opioids by physicians in Pennsylvania, according to a Workers Compensation Research Institute study.

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.

Tenn. high court denies comp to secretary who claimed PTSD after confrontation

Published September 23, 2014 CST

A Tennessee secretary whose former supervisor allegedly threatened to “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down” isn't entitled to workers comp benefits despite her PTSD.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

August property/casualty insurance rates up slightly: MarketScout

Published September 05, 2014 CST

Commercial property/casualty insurance rates rose an average of 1% in August, Dallas-based electronic insurance exchange MarketScout reported Friday.

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.

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.