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(subscription required)Post-injury drug testing under fire

Published June 05, 2016 CST

OSHA rule says employers should limit testing to situations in which employee drug use is likely to have contributed to an incident.

Berkshire unit's comp snafu puts insurers under the microscope

Published June 21, 2016 CST

The California Department of Insurance said it is looking into whether workers compensation insurers are selling unfiled policies and rates.

(subscription required)Florida braces for big comp rate hikes

Published June 19, 2016 CST

Recent rulings in high-profile cases undercut cost controls.

Florida disability benefits cap struck down in 'Westphal' case

Published June 09, 2016 CST

A limit on temporary comp benefits “deprives" injured workers "at a critical time” in their recovery, Florida's high court ruled.

Tax on opioids to fund treatment programs could hike workers comp costs

Published June 08, 2016 CST

Seven senators proposing levy see it cutting usage much like the cigarette tax did; opponents beg to differ.

OSHA amplifies efforts to limit construction workers' noise exposures

Published June 15, 2016 CST

The administration has started the process for a potential — and some argue long overdue — Noise in Construction standard.

(subscription required)OSHA sets out to protect health workers from violence

Published June 19, 2016 CST

“It will be most effective for us to just focus first on health care and social services rather than doing it much more widely, so that's where we're going to start,” says David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

(subscription required)Light duty assignments create risks

Published June 05, 2016 CST

Court rules that transitional jobs to ease injured employees' return to work require monitoring.

(subscription required)California banks on benefit of closed drug formulary

Published June 05, 2016 CST

State expects the move to further reduce the prescribing of opioid painkillers to injured workers.

Employers face sticker shock with retroactive OSHA fine increases

Published June 01, 2016 CST

Companies likely will face sharply higher OSHA fines even though the agency's penalty structure doesn't officially change until Aug. 1.

Lab student's Zika infection highlights hazards

Published June 16, 2016 CST

OSHA says it has no jurisdiction over a workplace incident in which a worker contracted the virus.

New York comp reforms part of business-climate proposals

Published June 06, 2016 CST

Business Regulation Council offers 26 suggestions to reduce the cost of doing business without compromising worker safety.

Construction firms cited after plumber's death in trench collapse

Published June 17, 2016 CST

Two Nebraska construction companies have been cited and are facing a combined $52,000 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators after a 61-year-old plumber died in a trench collapse.

Son of worker killed carpooling not eligible to receive death benefits

Published June 10, 2016 CST

The ruling hinges on Arkansas' going-and-coming rule for worker travel.

Cosmetics maker cited over worker's amputated fingertip

Published June 17, 2016 CST

PhytogenX faces $285,300 in fines for exposing employees to hazards including falls and failing to properly guard a filling machine.

Property/casualty insurer acquires workers comp firm

Published June 17, 2016 CST

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. has acquired workers compensation solutions firm Total Program Management L.L.C., the New York-based property/casualty insurer said Thursday.

Attorney fee ruling could mean comp rate hikes

Published June 01, 2016 CST

Florida's workers comp system may see rate increases due to the fallout of a recent state high court decision.

OSHA pilot targets severe violators of whistleblower rules

Published June 02, 2016 CST

Program focuses resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to regulation through willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations.

Fired whistleblower truck driver gets his job back

Published June 09, 2016 CST

OSHA ordered a trucking firm to reinstate and pay more than $276,000 in back wages and damages to an illegally fired truck driver.

Comp industry hopeful implant will fight opioid addiction in injured workers

Published June 15, 2016 CST

Workers comp experts say the first implant to treat opioid addiction could be a useful tool in preventing overdoses and deaths.

State takes on opioid addiction with 7-day limit on prescriptions

Published June 23, 2016 CST

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill into law that takes aim at the state's opioid problem.

Q&A: David Michaels

Published June 08, 2016 CST

Assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health discusses the agency's electronic recordkeeping rule.

Ergonomics professionals seek shift to risk-based data

Published June 24, 2016 CST

Professionals in charge of their company's ergonomics programs would like to use leading indicators to measure success.

Effectiveness of long-term opioid use in question

Published June 22, 2016 CST

That, combined with risks of addiction and overdose, drive a decline in the prescription of the narcotics in some states.

OSHA weighs more involvement from comp insurers in safety efforts

Published June 16, 2016 CST

New electronic reporting rules and the public data they create will raise the stakes for loss control.