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OSHA proposes tightening injury record-keeping rules

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 29, 2015 - 1:13pm CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify that employers have continuing obligations to keep and maintain accurate injury and illness records.

Total cost of risk dips in 2014

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 29, 2015 - 1:05pm CST

Businesses paid slightly less in 2014 to cover their total cost of risk than the past three years, according to the 2015 RIMS Benchmark Survey, the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. said Wednesday in its annual benchmark survey.

Trucker’s heart attack is compensable

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 28, 2015 - 2:20pm CST

A long-haul truck driver’s heart attack arose out of and in the scope of his employment, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled.

Dead worker's estate can't sue employer for false imprisonment

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 27, 2015 - 1:27pm CST

The estate of a woman who suffered a heart attack on the job and died can't sue her employer for false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled.

Wendy's employee cribbing daughter's ID arrested for workers comp fraud

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 23, 2015 - 12:31pm CST

An injured Wendy's restaurant employee claiming to be her own daughter has been arrested for workers compensation fraud among other felony charges, the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation Enforcement Division said.

Drug monitoring programs offer step toward limiting opioid abuse

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 23, 2015 - 10:40am CST

At least 10 states require health care providers to access a prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing opioids, but workers compensation payers in all states should request providers do so to curb overprescribing.

Drug agency informants reap millions in federal comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2015 - 2:56pm CST

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been using federal workers comp benefits to pay informants for about 40 years without the appropriate oversight, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Timing is everything: Before signing contract, worker was employee

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2015 - 2:26pm CST

A painter who didn't sign an independent contractor agreement before he was injured on the job is considered an employee and entitled to workers compensation benefits, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled.

Worker's widow gets interest on unpaid death benefit

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 21, 2015 - 12:08pm CST

An Arizona worker's widow is owed interest on unpaid death benefits from the time the insurer was notified of the claim until the award was paid, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Connecticut law requires prescription opioid checks

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 20, 2015 - 12:55pm CST

Connecticut is the latest state to require that health care providers obtain information about patients from the state's prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing controlled substances.

Small-business owners struggle with workers comp fraud

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 17, 2015 - 1:25pm CST

One in five small-business owners don’t feel prepared to identify workers compensation fraud, according to a survey by workers comp insurer Employers Holdings Inc.

New York workers compensation rates to increase an average of 5.9%

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 17, 2015 - 12:02pm CST

The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved an average 5.9% increase in workers compensation loss costs, the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board said.

New Mexico proposes covering medical pot but not paraphernalia

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 17, 2015 - 11:26am CST

The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration has proposed a rule that would reimburse injured workers for medical marijuana but not for expenses related to associated paraphernalia or personal production.

Week in pictures

Published July 17, 2015 - 10:37am CST

Welcome to the Drone Age, Germanwings crash aftermath, NFL cheerleaders as employees and more from Business Insurance.

California classifies cheerleaders as pro teams’ employees

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 16, 2015 - 11:28am CST

Professional California cheerleaders are employees entitled to workers compensation benefits as a result of a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Exclusive remedy litigation heads to Florida Supreme Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 16, 2015 - 8:07am CST

Workers comp professionals expect the Florida Supreme Court to dismiss an appeal of a ruling that overturned a judge's invalidation of the state law that makes workers compensation the exclusive remedy for injured workers.

Registered sex offender attacked at work not eligible for comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 15, 2015 - 10:42am CST

A registered sex offender who sustained injuries when he was assaulted by his co-worker on the job isn't entitled to workers compensation benefits, the Nebraska Court of Appeals has ruled.

Florida Supreme Court asked to review workers comp constitutionality case

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 14, 2015 - 12:10pm CST

An advocacy group has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to review a case that challenges the constitutionality of the state's workers compensation system.

Ohio workers comp bureau refunds $255 million to overcharged employers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 10, 2015 - 2:25pm CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation on Friday said it has paid a total of $255 million to employers who were overcharged for their workers comp insurance premiums.

Worker's $3.75 million eye-injury award upheld

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 10, 2015 - 1:56pm CST

The employer of a New Jersey railway worker who sustained eye injuries when he was struck by an object on the job must pay a $3.75 million jury award in a negligence suit, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Week in pictures

Published July 10, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The continuing courtship among insurers, lights out at the NYSE, economic woes of Greece and more filled the week at Business Insurance.

Growth rate slows in residual workers comp market

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 09, 2015 - 1:26pm CST

The residual workers compensation market is “manageable and operating effectively,” with a market share of 6.8%, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

Medical marijuana a growing workers comp challenge

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 09, 2015 - 11:14am CST

Medical marijuana poses challenges for the workers compensation industry, but some experts and recent research say it could be an alterative to long-term opioid use.

Worker injured during rescue attempt due comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 08, 2015 - 12:09pm CST

A worker was within the course and scope of his employment when he sustained injuries trying to help a co-worker who had fallen into a concrete pit full of methane gas at a worksite, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled.

Massachusetts workers comp rates dip slightly for 2016

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 07, 2015 - 11:09am CST

Private employers in Massachusetts are seeing a 0.05% workers compensation rate decrease for fiscal year 2016, the state's Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau said.

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