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Workers comp-specific Ebola care guidelines take sick worker's perspective

By: Shelby Livingston

Published December 18, 2014 - 2:28pm CST

Managed care services provider Genex Services L.L.C. on Wednesday said it has developed workers compensation-specific clinical guidelines for treating Ebola and the related Marburg virus from an injured worker's perspective.

Louisiana to cut workers compensation insurance rates by 2.4%

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 17, 2014 - 1:15pm CST

Louisiana businesses will see a 2.4% cut in workers compensation insurance rates as of May 1, 2015, according to the state’s insurance department.

How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations

Published December 17, 2014 - 10:46am CST

(Reuters) — The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule soon on if, and how, companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried out by their contractors or franchisees — a move that could have far-reaching implications for businesses.

Opioids top comp payers' concerns, but compounded drugs gain scrutiny

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 16, 2014 - 1:54pm CST

While the use of opioids remains a top concern for workers compensation payers, compounded drugs are a leading emerging issue, according to a new survey.

Missouri insurance department recommends 4.4% 2015 comp rate decrease

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 16, 2014 - 11:07am CST

The Missouri Department of Insurance has recommended a 4.4% decrease in advisory workers compensation rates for 2015.

Texas risk management office names Todd Holt deputy executive director

By: Shelby Livingston

Published December 15, 2014 - 1:23pm CST

The Texas State Office of Risk Management has named L. Todd Holt as deputy executive director, effective Jan. 5.

Home Depot cleared to stop paying comp for missing woman unless she reappears

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 12, 2014 - 4:32pm CST

Home Depot Inc. will not have to continue paying workers compensation benefits for a Maine employee who has been missing since 2012 unless she reappears and appeals for benefits to be reinstated.

OFF BEAT: Ex-'Bridezilla' faces felony insurance fraud charges

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 11, 2014 - 2:43pm CST

After a two-episode arc on the reality TV show “Bridezillas,” a California woman apparently turned to insurance fraud.

Employer not liable for cancer treatment required before work injury surgery

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 11, 2014 - 2:34pm CST

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. and Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. aren’t obligated to cover the nonoccupational cancer treatment a worker needed before he could receive treatment for his compensable back injury, Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

California comp premiums up 18% in 2013; continue to climb in 2014

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 11, 2014 - 12:33pm CST

Premiums for California workers compensation insurers rose 18% year-over-year to $14.8 billion in 2013 and are on track to increase again in 2014, according to the California Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

Gilead sued over 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug prices

Published December 10, 2014 - 4:11pm CST

(Reuters) — Philadelphia's transportation authority has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Gilead Sciences Inc. of charging “exorbitant” prices for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.

Widow of Ohio construction worker due 23 years' worth of comp benefits: Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 10, 2014 - 2:28pm CST

The widow of an Ohio worker who died hours after his workplace injury should receive more than 23 years' worth of workers compensation benefits for the loss of his limbs, sight and hearing in the period before his death, an Ohio appellate court has ruled.

Insurers and brokers must adapt to risk managers' evolving needs: Report

By: Bill Kenealy

Published December 10, 2014 - 1:59pm CST

Insurers and brokers need to adapt to help meet the evolving needs of risk managers, according to a report released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates and the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc.

California law pressures companies that use contracted workers: Marsh

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 09, 2014 - 4:27pm CST

A new California law that increases the liability for companies that use temporary or contract workers could result in additional underwriting scrutiny from insurers, according to a report by Marsh L.L.C.’s Workers’ Compensation Center of Excellence.

Dollar Tree manager who tripped over water containers due disability benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 08, 2014 - 2:40pm CST

The manager of a Dollar Tree store in Virginia who tripped over a display of water containers suffered a compensable injury because the display was a workplace hazard, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled.