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Oklahoma comp commission seeks more funding for current, next fiscal years

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 30, 2014 - 1:35pm CST

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission has approved requests for additional funding in the current fiscal year and a budget of nearly $7 million for fiscal year 2016, the commission confirmed Tuesday.

Illinois workers not required to give notice before seeking treatment: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 29, 2014 - 1:09pm CST

Courts rule that Illinois employers can't require workers to provide notice prior to seeking medical treatment for workplace injuries.

OSHA toughens injury reporting requirements

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employers are not convinced stricter federal requirements on reporting workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses will greatly improve workplace safety, but they say they will spend more time and money on compliance.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Small Employers

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Providing a great place to work is a key factor in attracting and retaining the brightest talent prospects, and Business Insurance honored a record 75 insurance industry employers that have created an environment in which people thrive and enjoy their work, making the companies the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Medium Employers

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Providing a great place to work is a key factor in attracting and retaining the brightest talent prospects, and Business Insurance honored a record 75 insurance industry employers that have created an environment in which people thrive and enjoy their work, making the companies the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance.

Business Insurance recognizes 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The insurance industry is always on the hunt for talent, and providing a great place to work is a key factor in attracting and retaining the brightest prospects. In this special report, Business Insurance honors a record 75 employers that have created an environment in which people thrive and enjoy their work, making the companies the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance.

Willis places $250M earthquake cat bond for California workers comp fund

By: Matthew Lerner

Published September 26, 2014 - 11:27am CST

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory has completed a $250 million earthquake catastrophe bond for California's State Compensation Insurance Fund, the Willis Group Holdings P.L.C., unit said Friday.

Ohio workers comp bureau proposes 9.1% cut in local government rates

By: Jay Miller, Crain’s Cleveland Business

Published September 25, 2014 - 4:06pm CST

Ohio’s cities and school districts are catching a break, thanks to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

NCCI recommends Kansas workers comp rate cut of 10.4% in 2015

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 25, 2014 - 2:27pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 10.4% decrease in Kansas workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

Illinois workers comp medical fee rates to increase 1.7% in 2015

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 24, 2014 - 12:38pm CST

Illinois workers compensation medical fee schedule rates are set to increase 1.7% next year, the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission said.

Tenn. high court denies comp to secretary who claimed PTSD after confrontation

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 23, 2014 - 2:15pm CST

A Tennessee secretary whose former supervisor allegedly threatened to “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down” isn't entitled to workers comp benefits despite her PTSD.

Hydrocodone, oxycodone top opioids dispensed by Pennsylvania doctors

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 22, 2014 - 3:08pm CST

Hydrocodone-acetaminophen and oxycodone-acetaminophen are the two most commonly dispensed opioids by physicians in Pennsylvania, according to a Workers Compensation Research Institute study.

Marsh names exec to lead research for its workers compensation excellence center

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 19, 2014 - 11:44am CST

Tom Ryan has been named workers compensation market research leader for Marsh L.L.C.'s Workers' Compensation Center of Excellence, the insurance broker said Friday.

Ayurvedic treatment in India not eligible for workers comp in Pennsylvania: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 18, 2014 - 3:00pm CST

The Ayurvedic treatment a Pennsylvania nurse received in India is not eligible for workers compensation benefits, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Sedgwick expands with specialized insurance claims service acquisition

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 17, 2014 - 11:52am CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire T&H Global Holdings L.L.C. and its subsidiaries, the Memphis, Tennessee-based third-party administrator said Wednesday.

OSHA tightens reporting requirements for fatalities, injuries and illness

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 15, 2014 - 11:14am CST

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new rule to tighten its fatality, injury and illness reporting requirements as of 2015.

Wearable devices can be used by employers to track worker health and safety

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Wearable devices could help employers improve the health and safety of their workers.

NCCI recommends lower workers compensation rates for 15 states

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

An improving workers compensation market is driving the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to recommend more decreases in state workers comp rates for next year.

2013 California workers comp reforms will define market for years to come

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

DANA POINT, Calif. — Legislative actions at the state and federal level will continue to define the California workers compensation market for years to come, according to experts monitoring the effect of recent workers comp reforms in the state.

Workers comp industry needs strategies to combat opioid abuse: Panel

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 11, 2014 - 2:56pm CST

DANA POINT, California — Workers compensation professionals need a comprehensive strategy to address the risk of opioid abuse among injured workers, speakers said at the 2014 California Workers' Compensation & Risk Conference.

California may see stable workers comp pricing despite rate hike: Panel

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 11, 2014 - 7:45am CST

DANA POINT, California — The conditions that have caused the California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau to recommend an increase in workers comp rates will not necessarily affect pricing in the near term.

Missouri workers comp law bars negligence lawsuit against co-worker: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 10, 2014 - 2:11pm CST

A construction worker can't file a negligence action against his supervisor despite the fact that the exclusive remedy provisions of Missouri's workers compensation law didn't cover co-workers at the time he was injured.

American Apparel settles unsafe workplace charges for $1M

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 10, 2014 - 11:07am CST

Clothing company American Apparel L.L.C. will pay a $1 million settlement for failing to provide a safe workplace after an employee died at a company worksite in Garden Grove, California.

Illinois workers comp rates to drop 5.5% in 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 09, 2014 - 1:51pm CST

Illinois businesses will see a 5.5% cut in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, a spokesman for the state said Tuesday.

California comp rating bureau reduces rate-hike request

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 05, 2014 - 12:05pm CST

The California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau amended its workers comp rate filing Wednesday to request a smaller-than-anticipated increase.

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