Business Insurance - Web News http://businessinsurance.com/section/news http://www.businessinsurance.com en-us Mon, 2 Mar 2015 05:11:46 EST 10 States consider workers compensation reform http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS08/303019963 20150301/NEWS08/303019963 Illinois and Wisconsin are expected to lead the way in state legislation proposed in 2015 to reduce workers compensation system costs, though sweeping comp reforms are not expected in most states this year. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Energy workers’ strike over staffing and pay puts spotlight on safety issues http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS08/303019964 20150301/NEWS08/303019964 A strike by nearly 7,000 workers at 15 petroleum refineries coupled with a recent explosion at a Torrance, California, plant that injured four workers highlight safety issues inherent to the industry. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Tennessee considering workers comp opt-out http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS08/303019965 20150301/NEWS08/303019965 Backers hope Tennessee becomes the third state to allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, but experts expect most employers would stay in the system to realize savings from recent reforms. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative raises safety concerns http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS08/303019966 20150301/NEWS08/303019966 The Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative triggers questions about how it would affect workplace safety. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Tanker crashes renew call for federal scrutiny of rail safety http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS06/303019967 20150301/NEWS06/303019967 The derailment and explosion of an oil tanker train in West Virginia last month has revived calls for greater train safety measures, but this and other recent accidents are having little effect on the rail insurance market. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST NARAB could become a reality in two years http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS06/303019968 20150301/NEWS06/303019968 Agents' and brokers' longtime dream of establishing a national clearinghouse for nonresident state licensing could become a reality in two years. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Food processing worker safety improving, but injury rates still high http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS08/303019970 20150301/NEWS08/303019970 The worker safety record in the food processing business has long lagged other sectors, but advances in ergonomics and automation are helping close the gap. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Food production tough to automate http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS08/303019971 20150301/NEWS08/303019971 Unlike many other manufacturing processes, food processing does not always lend itself well to automation. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST New same-sex marriage rules simplify FMLA benefits for employers http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS03/303019972 20150301/NEWS03/303019972 New regulations mandating federal emergency leave for all married same-sex couples may require employers to revise their policies and provide additional training, but it also should provide some administrative relief for benefit managers and human... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Drone insurance cover set to take off http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS06/303019973 20150301/NEWS06/303019973 Insurers are eager to provide coverage for unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, now that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued long-awaited proposed regulations for commercial use. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST