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The BI Top 10

Published July 29, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Executive moves at Marsh L.L.C. and pregnancy discrimination claims against insurance broker Brown & Brown Inc. are among Business Insurance's top 10 most read features.

Opioid substitutes factor in greater use of blood pressure medications

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 27, 2016 - 4:46pm CST

Other pain relievers are having their own side effects, according to a Coventry Workers' Comp Services analysis.

Comp retaliation ruling under question

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 27, 2016 - 4:10pm CST

Experts see Ohio Supreme Court decision as putting more emphasis on the filing of a claim than on an actual workplace injury.

U.S. Steel drops injury reporting policy, reverses punishments

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 26, 2016 - 2:59pm CST

The company had required workers to immediately report injuries and illnesses and punished them for failing to abide by the policy.

Court rules injury proof irrelevant to retaliation claim

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 26, 2016 - 2:28pm CST

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a worker doesn’t need to prove an injury occurred on the job to establish a claim of retaliation.

Staffing agency chief arrested over fake comp policies

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 26, 2016 - 10:38am CST

The executive allegedly stole more than $1 million from clients who thought he was providing workers comp and payroll services.

Use of non-opioid therapies increasing

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 25, 2016 - 2:35pm CST

The overall utilization of opioids among injured workers has steadily decreased as the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and anticonvulsants has increased.

Texas prescription drug formulary delivers savings

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 25, 2016 - 2:01pm CST

The state reported a large decline in the prescribing of “N” drugs for injured workers since a controlled formulary was put into place.

Employers urged to handle older workers with care

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 22, 2016 - 3:31pm CST

Disability Management Employer Coalition told to take action to mitigate injury risks to retain the experienced employees.

Employer on hook for retroactive comp premiums

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2016 - 1:29pm CST

Ohio Supreme Court backs state workers comp bureau on reclassifying workers and assessing $1.6 million in back premiums.

Merger mayhem

Published July 22, 2016 - 10:20am CST

The U.S. Justice Department makes good on its promise to block megamergers among health insurers, and that leads the Business Insurance week in pictures in the process.

Florida workers comp challenge seeks U.S. Supreme Court review

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 21, 2016 - 3:59pm CST

The case questions whether Florida's comp system is an adequate exclusive remedy for injured workers.

Getting employees back to work from nonwork injuries

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:51pm CST

Some firms are using workers comp strategies to get injured workers who are out on short-term disability back to worker faster.

Obama expected to sign act aiming to chip away at opioid woes

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 20, 2016 - 4:18pm CST

A bill would aid opioid addiction recovery and prevention programs that could help addicted injured workers.

Leading or lagging, near misses indicate workplace safety risks

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 20, 2016 - 3:29pm CST

A near miss is an unplanned safety event that could have, but did not, result in an injury or illness.

Help for states struggling with opioid abuse

Published July 20, 2016 - 3:15am CST

These states have the highest drug mortality rates, according to recent data released by the White House.

Wrestlers back in the ring with WWE over head injuries

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 20, 2016 - 10:40am CST

Former professional wrestlers are taking the WWE to the mat over injuries caused by choreographed matches.

Mandatory rehab benefits workers, employers

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 20, 2016 - 10:33am CST

Pairing mandatory rehab policies with vocational rehab programs can have a big impact in returning employees to work.

Harley-Davidson's ramped-up worker safety program pays off

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 20, 2016 - 10:22am CST

The firm had a poor health and safety record for many years, but turned that around with a major safety overhaul.

Risk managers must scramble to catch all Pokémon Go liabilities

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 19, 2016 - 2:20pm CST

The international Pokémon Go craze is creating a host of potential malware, privacy, property and workers compensation issues, among others, that risk managers should immediately address, say experts.

State crackdowns barely impact physician drug dispensing

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 19, 2016 - 1:54pm CST

In states where reforms to physician dispensing prescription drugs were put into place over the last several years, physician dispensing frequency remains largely unchanged, according to findings released Tuesday by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute.

GM can offset workers comp benefits with Social Security disability

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 18, 2016 - 3:09pm CST

GM and the UAW agreed the automaker can use disability pension benefits to reduce workers comp benefits for all workers.

California still has a ways to go in reducing comp costs

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

State workers comp reforms were somewhat effective, but experts say California still has the costliest system in the U.S.

States seek to clamp down on opioid abuse

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

A New York law limiting new opioid prescriptions to just seven days expands states’ efforts to prevent overprescribing, but a more comprehensive approach is seen as the best way to limit usage of the potentially addictive drugs.

Gender bias suit may trigger comp reforms

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Pressure to end alleged gender bias in California's comp system could lead to higher costs.

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