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Nebraska legislative committee considers closed drug formulary

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 12, 2016 - 9:00am CST

A bill that would create a closed formulary in Nebraska for medications prescribed in the state's workers compensation system has been heard by a legislative committee.

As marijuana laws evolve, New Mexico rethinks paying comp claims

By: Sheena Harrison and Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 11, 2016 - 10:22am CST

A bill that would shield employers from having to reimburse injured workers for medical marijuana is making its way through the New Mexico Legislature.

Groups weigh further challenge to coal dust safety rule

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 11, 2016 - 12:01am CST

The second phase of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration's rule on breathable coal dust is proving to be more challenging than the first.

Worker's death leads to guilty plea, fine for Ontario firm

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 10, 2016 - 4:39pm CST

The fatality occurred when an equipment operator moving a portable toilet with a front-end loader failed to use the assistance of a signaler, leading him to run over an employee who was moving traffic cones.

Injured man's comp benefits turn on definition of 'offensive' legal standard

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 10, 2016 - 1:02pm CST

A man's eligibility for lifetime workers comp benefits boils down to whether or not he fits the bill for "imbecility" used in Texas law.

Noisy workplaces contribute to employee hearing loss

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 09, 2016 - 11:34am CST

Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States, affecting nearly one-fourth of workers exposed to noise on the job.

Workers comp only remedy for police officer bit by K-9 partner

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 08, 2016 - 12:16pm CST

After the attack, Alex Rodriguez filed a negligence suit against the officer responsible for the animal, but Connecticut's exclusive remedy provision barred his complaint.

Pennsylvania posse won't saddle up

Published February 08, 2016 - 9:29am CST

Sheriffs in the Old West — or at least in old westerns — never had to sweat small stuff like workers compensation coverage when rounding up a posse to hunt the bad guys.

Doctor who overprescribed opioids gets up to life in prison

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 05, 2016 - 1:54pm CST

The fate of Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng serves as a stark warning to doctors tempted to engage in irresponsible painkiller prescribing practices.

Lawyers warn of speaking freely to health and safety inspectors

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 04, 2016 - 4:11pm CST

Canadian employers and supervisors should be wary of what they say to regulatory health and safety inspectors investigating workplace accidents, lest their words could come back to haunt them in court.

California medical review data 'too green' to predict effect on comp costs

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 04, 2016 - 10:56am CST

Study finds significant increases in average costs of medical-legal services.

Did texting scandal derail Tennessee workers comp opt-out effort?

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 04, 2016 - 8:15am CST

State legislative leader's leave of absence puts the Employee Injury Benefit Alternative, a bill he co-sponsored last February, on hold.

Illinois roofing contractor cited for fall hazards

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 03, 2016 - 2:14pm CST

An Illinois roofing contractor is facing $115,500 in proposed fines from federal regulators for exposing its workers to fall hazards.

OSHA cites construction contractor as severe workplace safety violator

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 03, 2016 - 2:08pm CST

It's the fifth time Connecticut roofer has been cited, and two of the violations are serious.

Employer cited for poor training, safety in worker's fireworks death

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 03, 2016 - 1:45pm CST

OSHA proposes $42,000 in fines over explosion that killed employee taking inventory before Texas pyrotechnics show.

Top 10 Off Beats from January

Published February 03, 2016 - 9:59am CST

This month: The company behind celebrity-endorsed eos lip balm get sued, "The Big Bang Theory's" use of the "Soft Kitty" lullaby lands Warner Bros. in hot water, one of Kia Motors' dancing hamsters gets convicted of workers comp fraud, and more.

Ohio manufacturer receives OSHA citations after worker falls 40 feet

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 02, 2016 - 1:24pm CST

Employee broke several bones in mishap while maintaining a crane, the second serious accident at TimkenSteel in a year.

Hearing for Tennessee workers comp opt-out bill canceled

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 02, 2016 - 12:34pm CST

A Tennessee House of Representatives subcommittee hearing for a bill that would allow private employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system has been canceled.

Medical-legal service costs for workers comp claims up in California

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 02, 2016 - 12:10pm CST

Switch from flat-fee to hours-of-service rate schedule boosts costs an average of 66%.

CVS to make overdose drug naloxone prescription-free in Ohio

By: Thomson Reuters

Published February 02, 2016 - 9:59am CST

State among top five — with West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Kentucky — for the highest death rates from opioid overdoses.

OSHA extends comment period for safety and health guidelines

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 02, 2016 - 9:58am CST

Interested parties have until Feb. 22 to speak up with a public roundtable set for March 10.

13 indicted in multimillion-dollar comp claim fraud scheme

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 29, 2016 - 2:44pm CST

It's “one of the largest workers' compensation health care insurance bribery schemes ever uncovered in San Diego County.”

Widow can collect survivor's benefits without filing separate claim

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 29, 2016 - 1:46pm CST

Connecticut Supreme Court rules that husband's claim was enough to establish benefits.

Week in pictures

Published January 29, 2016 - 9:38am CST

While the East Coast was buried in snow, AIG and Zurich made moves to dig themselves out. That and more in Business Insurance's week in pictures.

NCAA settlement with student-athletes with concussions gets preliminary OK

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 28, 2016 - 3:32pm CST

College athletic association would establish a $70 million fund to test and diagnose current and former players and provide an additional $5 million for concussion research.

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