Business Insurance - _Workers Comp en-us Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:00:48 EST 10 New California law adds to employers' heat safety obligations 20140720/NEWS08/307209972 Broiling summer heat, an aging workforce and a booming construction industry in some areas of the country are raising concerns about heat-related illness risks for workers. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST Reform bill shows progress keeping check on Calif. comp rates: Report 20140718/NEWS08/140719851 Workers compensation rate increases would have been 3% higher for California employers in 2013 if reforms had not been enacted, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:57:40 EST Pa. employers needn't notify comp claimants of utilization review: Court 20140718/NEWS08/140719856 Pennsylvania employers aren’t obligated to notify claimants when seeking utilization reviews of their treatment, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:28:44 EST Colo. high court to hear case of fired quadriplegic who tested positive for pot 20140716/NEWS08/140719896 The Colorado Supreme Court will hear arguments in September in the case of a former Dish Network L.L.C. employee who says he was wrongfully fired for using medical marijuana. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:48:03 EST Workers comp PBMs Progressive Medical and PMSI to rebrand as Helios 20140715/NEWS08/140719912 Progressive Medical Inc. and PMSI Inc., two workers compensation pharmacy benefit managers that merged in October, will begin operating under the name Helios in August, according to a statement issued Tuesday. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:51:51 EST Detroit teacher who broke up fight with broom files workers comp claim 20140711/NEWS08/140719964 A Detroit teacher who made headlines after breaking up a classroom fight with a broom has filed a workers compensation claim and is seeking additional financial compensation from her employer. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:55:05 EST WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court 20140710/NEWS08/140719981 (Reuters) — A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:29:25 EST California offers $7.54B in funding for self-insurance workers comp plans 20140710/NEWS08/140719983 The California Department of Industrial Relations has approved a $7.54 billion capital program to help businesses in the state self-insure for workers compensation for the coming year, the department said. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:49:07 EST Man crushed by truck entitled to accessible van, pay for care by wife: Court 20140710/NEWS08/140719985 A worker who received workers compensation benefits when he was crushed by a tractor-trailer is also entitled to a wheelchair-accessible van and compensation for his wife, who provides his in-home care, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:15:55 EST U.S. judge blocks Massachusetts ban on opioid painkiller Zohydro ER 20140709/NEWS08/140709842 A federal judge has blocked a Massachusetts regulation meant to restrict sales of Zohydro ER, a powerful opioid painkiller, after Gov. Deval Patrick sought to ban the drug's availability in the state. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:29:59 EST