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Worker's overdose death doesn't bar survivor comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 29, 2015 - 10:26am CST

The family of an injured worker who died from a prescription drug overdose should receive workers compensation death benefits, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

Workplace productivity group names new CEO

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 29, 2015 - 9:01am CST

The Disability Management Employer Coalition said on Friday that Terri L. Rhodes has rejoined the organization to serve as its new CEO.

Workers comp industry warned to mount defense against hackers

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 28, 2015 - 2:58pm CST

Organizations in the workers’ compensation industry need to redouble efforts to secure sensitive data from hackers, according to managed care services provider Genex Services L.L.C.

Workers comp reform backers optimistic about Illinois action

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 28, 2015 - 9:30am CST

Two workers compensation reform bills that Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed have failed to advance in the Democrat-controlled legislature, but experts remain hopeful about Illinois passing such legislation during the current session.

Massachusetts comp bill would assist lowest-paid workers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 27, 2015 - 1:55pm CST

A Massachusetts bill that would improve access to medical care and increase benefits for injured workers in the state has been heard by the state's Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Insurers must share liability for worker's disability, court rules

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 27, 2015 - 12:59pm CST

A Connecticut workers compensation commissioner had authority to require Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. to reimburse another insurer for half of the workers comp benefits paid to an injured worker, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled.

Illinois governor pushes workers comp reform

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 26, 2015 - 2:19pm CST

Workers compensation reform bills to advance Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's fiscal turnaround plan for the state have been filed in the state House of Representatives and Senate.

Reporting delays tied to higher workers comp claim costs

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 26, 2015 - 10:43am CST

Delays in reporting work-related injuries can cause workers compensation claim costs to increase by up to 51%, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

NHL may follow football's lead on concussion lawsuits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 24, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Concussion-related lawsuits by professional football players are likely to guide the National Hockey League's legal strategy in similar cases filed by retired hockey players, including the possibility they will be settled out of court.

Shift to on-demand workforce exposes gaps in disability insurance

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 24, 2015 - 6:00am CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers compensation needs to evolve to keep up with today's growing on-demand economy, experts urge.

Nurses struggle with injuries despite lifting aids

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 24, 2015 - 6:00am CST

As nurses and other health care workers continue to suffer high levels of lifting-related musculoskeletal injuries, safety managers are working to establish workplace patient handling regimens before proposed legislation would mandate such procedures nationwide.

UP CLOSE: Darrell Brown

Published May 24, 2015 - 6:00am CST


School's out! Injuries to teen workers swell

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm CST

As the summer job season approaches and more teens begin looking for work, employers should focus on training and giving them age-appropriate tasks.

Lumbermen’s ordered into financial rehabilitation

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 21, 2015 - 2:43pm CST

Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, a Boca Raton, Florida-based workers compensation insurer, has been placed into rehabilitation by a Missouri court, according to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Opioid addiction suit puts workers comp payers on alert

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 21, 2015 - 10:47am CST

Experts urge workers compensation payers to take steps to avoid overprescribing or doctor shopping following a state Supreme Court's decision allowing patients to sue physicians and pharmacies for contributing to their addiction to opioids.