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Court says misleading manual provides FMLA coverage

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 26, 2015 - 3:42pm CST

A Michigan county road commission employee was entitled to coverage under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, even though the commission was not obligated to provide the coverage, because of a misleading statement in its employee manual, says an appellate court.

Salvation Army worker's treadmill death compensable

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 26, 2015 - 12:28pm CST

The death of a telecommuter, who suffered a heart attack while walking on the treadmill during work hours, is compensable, and the man's widow should receive workers compensation benefits.

Construction accidents lead worker deaths

By: Bill Kenealy

Published January 26, 2015 - 10:51am CST

Work-related fatalities in North Carolina increased markedly in 2014, data released last week by the North Carolina Department of Labor shows.

Mental illness disability claims require specialized input

By: Matt Dunning

Published January 23, 2015 - 4:40pm CST

PHILADELPHIA — More often than not, effective management of disability insurance claims related to mental illness requires a specialized understanding of the comorbid relationships they share with physical medical conditions.

Rate cut proposed by monopoly workers comp insurer

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 23, 2015 - 12:12pm CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has proposed a 10.8% workers compensation advisory rate cut for private employers in the state.

President of workers comp rating agency to retire

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 23, 2015 - 10:33am CST

Stephen J. Klingel, president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc., plans to retire from his post in February 2016, the workers compensation ratemaking agency said Friday.

Pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions

By: Bill Kenealy

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:58pm CST

Two former professional wrestlers have sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. for concussions they sustained during their careers.

9/11 responder can keep PTSD workers comp benefits

By: Bill Kenealy

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:50pm CST

An appellate court in New York has upheld workers compensation benefits awarded to an upstate New York police officer who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after responding to the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

Injured worker's disability benefits stopped after treatment plateaus

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:23pm CST

A woman who reached maximum medical improvement after treatment for a work-related injury is no longer entitled to temporary total disability benefits despite ongoing treatment authorized by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Dead worker's estate can't collect on liability policy

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:04pm CST

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday found that Florida's workers comp exclusive remedy provision prevents a $9.5 million liability judgment from being paid by an insurer to the estate of a Florida worker killed on the job.

Beheaded woman's husband to receive workers comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 21, 2015 - 2:58pm CST

The widower of an Oklahoma worker who was decapitated by her co-worker is entitled to death benefits and lifetime weekly workers compensation benefits, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Rate of employers seeking residual workers comp cover slowed in 2013

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 21, 2015 - 2:34pm CST

Workers compensation residual market premiums grew at a slower rate in 2013 compared with 2012, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

Medical marijuana deemed 'reasonable and necessary' in N.M. workers comp case

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 20, 2015 - 2:48pm CST

Medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” and paid for under a New Mexico man's workers compensation claim, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled last week.

Workers comp sector seeks to curb off-label drug use

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Medications such as Abilify and Actiq are being used off-label to treat injured workers, prompting the workers comp sector to focus on curbing inappropriate prescribing that may be pricey and dangerous.

Q&A: Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Deborah A.P. Hersman became president and CEO of the National Safety Council in March 2014. Based in Itasca, Illinois, the nonprofit organization works to prevent injuries and fatalities at work and in homes and communities. Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Ms. Hersman served on the National Transportation Safety Board and was its chairman from 2009 to 2013. Citing her desire to help ...