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Obese workers' absenteeism costs U.S. employers $8.65B a year

Published November 18, 2014 CST

Absenteeism among obese workers in the United States costs employers about $8.65 billion each year, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

York Risk Services acquires New York third-party administrator

Published November 17, 2014 CST

Third-party administrator York Risk Services Group Inc. has acquired Mineola, New York-based TPA Risk Management Planning Group.

Philadelphia denied cut of lawsuit settlement from cop hit by drunk driver

Published November 14, 2014 CST

The city of Philadelphia did not have a right to subrogate a third-party liability award that was paid to a city police officer, even though the city was paying him benefits, an appellate court has ruled.

California leads U.S. states in workers compensation costs

Published October 26, 2014 CST

A biennial ranking showing that workers compensation rates have risen more in California, New York and New Jersey than other states could help drive workers comp reforms nationwide.

Widow of exec who died after Brazil trip eligible for comp: Appeals court

Published November 18, 2014 CST

The widow of a company executive who died from meningitis after returning from a business trip to Brazil can receive workers compensation death benefits, an Illinois appeals court has ruled.

Cook bitten by co-worker's dog while on smoke break qualifies for comp

Published November 11, 2014 CST

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a part-time restaurant cook who was bitten by his co-worker's dog should receive workers compensation benefits for the attack.

Physician dispensing of prescription drugs down slightly in Connecticut: WCRI

Published November 13, 2014 CST

Physician dispensing of repackaged prescription drugs has “decreased slightly” in Connecticut since workers compensation reforms took effect in July 2012, the Workers Compensation Research Institute said Thursday.

Arkansas appeals court says man failed to prove work accident caused injury

Published October 29, 2014 CST

A “morbidly obese” worker in Arkansas failed to prove that his umbilical hernia resulted from a work-related injury and not pre-existing conditions, the Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled.

Oregon workers comp assessment rate steady at 6.2% for 2015

Published October 24, 2014 CST

The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division said Wednesday that insurers will see no change to the current workers compensation assessment rate of 6.2% in 2015.

Lack of 'wet floor' sign entitles New Mexico nurse to higher disability benefits

Published November 10, 2014 CST

A New Mexico nurse who was injured when she fell on the job is entitled to an increase in disability benefits because her employer failed post a “wet floor” sign, the state Supreme Court ruled.

Florida insurance commissioner rejects 3.3% comp rate cut for 5.2% decrease

Published November 07, 2014 CST

The Florida insurance commissioner on Wednesday rejected a 3.3% overall decrease in state workers compensation rates and ordered the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to re-file an overall rate cut of 5.2%.

No change in Colorado comp loss rates for 2015

Published October 20, 2014 CST

Colorado employers will see no change to workers compensation loss cost rates for next year, the state Department of Regulatory Agencies said Thursday.

Listing preauthorized medical procedures ruled within N.Y. comp board's powers

Published November 21, 2014 CST

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board was within its regulatory powers when it created a list of preauthorized medical procedures, and it properly places the burden of proving medical necessity on an injured worker’s treating physician, New York’s highest court ruled.

Workers compensation insurers to see profit in 2014: NCCI

Published November 10, 2014 CST

Workers compensation premiums are projected to grow 7% this year over 2013 to $39.3 billion as workers comp insurers see the first signs of profitability in eight years, the NCCI said Monday.

Injuries to workers with pre-existing conditions complicate disability claims

Published November 09, 2014 CST

A pending Connecticut case will help determine how the state approaches apportionment of permanent disability benefits when workers with pre-existing or chronic conditions suffer debilitating injuries on the job.

Surveillance footage can be used in Iowa comp claim proceedings

Published October 31, 2014 CST

Companies that collect surveillance footage of injured workers must be prepared to release such footage during discovery in workers compensation litigation, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled.

Workers comp claimants face some negative opinions in U.S.: Survey

Published November 12, 2014 CST

Most workers compensation claims are filed by “people who don’t want to work,” said 37% of people who responded to a new survey about Americans’ general opinions of workers comp that was released Wednesday by Summit Pharmacy Inc.

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.

Employee injured on ride in company van due workers comp benefits

Published November 12, 2014 CST

An employee injured while being given a ride on the floor of a company van during a snowstorm should receive workers compensation benefits, a New York appellate court has ruled.

Business Insurance names 2014 Women to Watch

Published October 08, 2014 CST

Business Insurance on Wednesday announced the honorees for its 2014 Women to Watch recognition program.

Managed care services provider Genex buys M Hayes

Published November 05, 2014 CST

Managed care services provider Genex Services L.L.C. has acquired Hunt Valley, Maryland-based managed care company M Hayes.

Idaho workers comp rates mostly stable for 2015

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Idaho employers will see a “slight” reduction in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, the state Department of Insurance said Monday.

Slippery winter weather caused spike in Midwestern workers comp claims: Study

Published November 06, 2014 CST

Nearly one-third of all Midwest workers comp claims that resulted in time away from work last winter were caused by slips and falls on ice and snow, nearly double the normal average.

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.

Workers comp reform hasn't helped Illinois' construction industry

Published October 13, 2014 CST

It's been three years since sweeping reforms to Illinois workers compensation laws reduced the costs for treating injured employees. But those in the construction industry say they have yet to see meaningful reductions in premium costs.