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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.

State cracks down on Berkshire units over unregulated comp policies

Published June 29, 2016 CST

California insurance regulators have issued cease-and-desist orders to two Berkshire Hathaway-owned companies.

Workers comp market profitable for now

Published July 07, 2016 CST

The U.S. workers comp market generated a “significant” profit in 2015, but underwriting losses are ahead, Fitch Ratings says.

(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.

Industry groups join to fight electronic injury reporting rule

Published July 08, 2016 CST

Associations, employers and an insurance company have filed a legal challenge against OSHA's controversial electronic record-keeping rule.

Higher OSHA fines could deter all but largest employers

Published July 01, 2016 CST

Maximum fines for workplace safety violations are set to increase by 78% in August.

Workers comp cycle poised to tighten for insurers, buyers

Published July 13, 2016 CST

Some companies could find it difficult to secure workers comp coverage next year if underwriting loss predictions are realized.

Excluding farm, ranch laborers from comp system found unconstitutional

Published July 05, 2016 CST

Excluding agricultural workers from New Mexico's comp system is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Political stalemate keeps workers comp reforms in limbo

Published July 06, 2016 CST

Sources say potential cost-saving updates to Illinois' workers compensation system are months away.

Well-known comp disability guidelines removed from federal database

Published June 29, 2016 CST

The Official Disability Guidelines are the basis of how many states manage medical treatment for injured workers.

Call goes out for new generation of safety and health professionals

Published June 29, 2016 CST

Experts see a troubling lack of young talent in the safety industry, which is experiencing an increasing number of retirements.

Short-term opioid use may contribute to circle of pain

Published July 06, 2016 CST

A study creates new concerns that opioid use for only a few days can increase chronic pain episodes.

Postal employee found guilty of workers comp fraud

Published July 01, 2016 CST

The woman said she needed to spend 15 hours a day in a hot tub to relieve back pain from a work accident in 1987.

Railroad not at fault for not protecting worker from West Nile virus

Published June 27, 2016 CST

A Texas railroad worker who was bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus can't hold his employer liable for his illness.

Court rulings prompt NCCI to seek 19.6% comp rate hike

Published July 06, 2016 CST

NCCI has proposed a nearly 20% comp rate increase in Florida to cover the projected impact of recent state Supreme Court rulings.

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.

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.

Gender-based workers comp standards on trial

Published July 07, 2016 CST

California's comp system discriminates against female workers when calculating permanent disability benefits, a lawsuit says.

State proposes rule changes to workers comp experience rating plan

Published June 29, 2016 CST

California's workers comp rating bureau is seeking regulatory updates that could affect comp policy pricing for employers.

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.

Workers comp opt-out law under fire in Dillard's case

Published June 22, 2016 CST

Industry groups file briefs in support of injured worker and her right to equal protection and access to the courts.

Worker injured in icy parking lot fall at job eligible for comp

Published June 30, 2016 CST

Despite state law, an Oklahoma worker who fell in her employer's icy parking lot before clocking in is entitled to comp benefits.

Bill to end gender bias in workers comp concerns employers

Published July 14, 2016 CST

Out of all the bills this year that could impact California's workers com industry, a gender equality bill holds the most concern.

Workers feel employers value productivity over safety

Published June 20, 2016 CST

Despite most workers reporting that safety is a priority at work, about one-third believe their employers value productivity over safety, according to a new survey by the National Safety Council.