Business Insurance - _Workers Comp en-us Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:44:59 EST 10 Court upholds judgment against Union Pacific in railroad worker's death 20140822/NEWS08/140829940 The Texas Court of Appeals has affirmed a $1.2 million judgment awarded to the family of a railroad employee who died from complications after being injured on the job. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:09:04 EST U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers 20140822/NEWS08/140829945 (Reuters) — The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:46:32 EST California comp rating bureau recommends 6.7% rate hike 20140820/NEWS08/140829984 The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California is recommending that the California Department of Insurance adopt a 6.7% increase in the state's pure premium workers compensation rate. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:05:14 EST DEA reclassifies painkiller tramadol as a controlled substance 20140818/NEWS08/140819860 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began labeling tramadol, an opioid pain medication, as a Schedule IV controlled substance on Monday, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:49:03 EST Oklahoma firms consider private coverage in wake of landmark workers comp law 20140817/NEWS08/140819883 At least seven Oklahoma employers have opted out of the state's workers comp system since a new law went into effect, and more are considering the move to private coverage allowed under the landmark legislation. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Easing concerns about returning to work gets employees back on the job sooner 20140817/NEWS08/140819888 LAS VEGAS — Employees' expectations and fears about returning to work better predict how long they'll be out of work than other factors, including a clinical diagnosis. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST COMMENTARY: Robin Williams’ death shines light on depression 20140817/NEWS08/140819891 The death of actor Robin Williams, who authorities say committed suicide, tragically brings into focus a daily issue for many people: depression. Mr. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Oklahoma’s new administrative system cuts number of disputed workers comp cases 20140817/NEWS08/140819895 As part of a new law that allows certain Oklahoma employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, a three-member Workers' Compensation Commission has been established as has an administrative dispute resolution process. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Work-from-home policies for disabled employees need review after EEOC ruling 20140817/NEWS08/308179992 In the wake of a federal court ruling that telecommuting is a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act, experts say employers should evaluate their work-from-home policies to determine how to handle disabled workers' requests. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Rules for providing equipment to employees who work from home still unclear 20140817/NEWS08/308179993 Employers who allow telecommuting as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act may be required to provide some equipment for an employee's home office, but there are no clear-cut rules regarding what an employer must provide, said Linda... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST