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Workers comp-specific Ebola care guidelines take sick worker's perspective

By: Shelby Livingston

Published December 18, 2014 - 2:28pm CST

Managed care services provider Genex Services L.L.C. on Wednesday said it has developed workers compensation-specific clinical guidelines for treating Ebola and the related Marburg virus from an injured worker's perspective.

Louisiana to cut workers compensation insurance rates by 2.4%

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 17, 2014 - 1:15pm CST

Louisiana businesses will see a 2.4% cut in workers compensation insurance rates as of May 1, 2015, according to the state’s insurance department.

How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations

Published December 17, 2014 - 10:46am CST

(Reuters) — The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule soon on if, and how, companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried out by their contractors or franchisees — a move that could have far-reaching implications for businesses.

Opioids top comp payers' concerns, but compounded drugs gain scrutiny

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 16, 2014 - 1:54pm CST

While the use of opioids remains a top concern for workers compensation payers, compounded drugs are a leading emerging issue, according to a new survey.

Missouri insurance department recommends 4.4% 2015 comp rate decrease

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 16, 2014 - 11:07am CST

The Missouri Department of Insurance has recommended a 4.4% decrease in advisory workers compensation rates for 2015.

Texas risk management office names Todd Holt deputy executive director

By: Shelby Livingston

Published December 15, 2014 - 1:23pm CST

The Texas State Office of Risk Management has named L. Todd Holt as deputy executive director, effective Jan. 5.

Home Depot cleared to stop paying comp for missing woman unless she reappears

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 12, 2014 - 4:32pm CST

Home Depot Inc. will not have to continue paying workers compensation benefits for a Maine employee who has been missing since 2012 unless she reappears and appeals for benefits to be reinstated.

Employer not liable for cancer treatment required before work injury surgery

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 11, 2014 - 2:34pm CST

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. and Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. aren’t obligated to cover the nonoccupational cancer treatment a worker needed before he could receive treatment for his compensable back injury, Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

California comp premiums up 18% in 2013; continue to climb in 2014

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 11, 2014 - 12:33pm CST

Premiums for California workers compensation insurers rose 18% year-over-year to $14.8 billion in 2013 and are on track to increase again in 2014, according to the California Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

Gilead sued over 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug prices

Published December 10, 2014 - 4:11pm CST

(Reuters) — Philadelphia's transportation authority has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Gilead Sciences Inc. of charging “exorbitant” prices for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.

Widow of Ohio construction worker due 23 years' worth of comp benefits: Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 10, 2014 - 2:28pm CST

The widow of an Ohio worker who died hours after his workplace injury should receive more than 23 years' worth of workers compensation benefits for the loss of his limbs, sight and hearing in the period before his death, an Ohio appellate court has ruled.

Dollar Tree manager who tripped over water containers due disability benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 08, 2014 - 2:40pm CST

The manager of a Dollar Tree store in Virginia who tripped over a display of water containers suffered a compensable injury because the display was a workplace hazard, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled.

Employee wellness programs continue to focus on obesity despite lawsuits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Rising obesity-related health care costs are leading some employers to take a firmer approach to workplace wellness programs despite the potential to violate anti-discrimination laws.

Appeals court sides with worker in black lung benefits case

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that a doctor's testimony in a black lung benefits case may be disregarded when it disagrees with federal guidelines for the disease.

Express Scripts suit over compounded drugs signals future challenges

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

A lawsuit filed by several compounding pharmacies against Express Scripts Inc. could portend future challenges as payers attempt to limit compounded medications in workers compensation claims.

Business Insurance recognizes its 2014 Women to Watch honorees

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Business Insurance's annual Women to Watch feature recognizes women who are doing outstanding work in commercial insurance, risk and benefits management, and related fields.

Female executives reinforce gender diversity by serving as role models

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Gender diversity in the executive ranks is good for business, research shows.

Florida workers comp exclusive remedy rule bars wrongful death payout to family

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 05, 2014 - 1:44pm CST

Exclusive remedy provisions under Florida's workers compensation statute prevent the estate of a worker killed on the job from receiving a $9.5 million liability judgment against the man's employer and its insurer, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Mitchell International to acquire pharmacy claims manager Cogent Works

By: Shelby Livingston

Published December 03, 2014 - 3:21pm CST

Insurance technology provider Mitchell International Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Salt Lake City-based pharmacy claims manager Cogent Works L.C.

No workers comp benefits due taxi driver after being shot by passenger: Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 03, 2014 - 10:56am CST

A North Carolina taxi driver who was shot by a passenger can't receive workers compensation benefits for his injuries because he was an independent contractor with his taxi company, a North Carolina appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Sedgwick buys software developer Absentys

By: Shelby Livingston

Published December 02, 2014 - 2:02pm CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has acquired Chattanooga, Tennessee-based software developer Absentys L.L.C.

More Texas employers buying workers compensation insurance: Report

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 02, 2014 - 1:13pm CST

The percentage of Texas employers who choose to buy workers compensation insurance has increased 5% in 10 years, according to a biennial report from the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation.

GALLERY: Our most popular Off Beat stories from November

Published December 01, 2014 - 5:25pm CST

This month: exotic dancers are granted workers comp benefits, Gawker gets sued by its insurer over costs associated with a Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit, The Rolling Stones settle a claim related to a canceled tour, and more.

Injured worker can seek benefits under auto cover: Michigan high court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 01, 2014 - 2:37pm CST

Injured workers in Michigan are employees of a company, rather than independent contractors, only if they meet three criteria under Michigan's workers compensation law, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled.

Washington state workers comp rates to increase 0.8% in 2015

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 25, 2014 - 2:55pm CST

Workers compensation advisory rates for Washington state businesses will increase 0.8% in 2015, the state Department of Labor & Industries said Tuesday.

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