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Lumbermen’s ordered into financial rehabilitation

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 21, 2015 - 2:43pm CST

Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, a Boca Raton, Florida-based workers compensation insurer, has been placed into rehabilitation by a Missouri court, according to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Opioid addiction suit puts workers comp payers on alert

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 21, 2015 - 10:47am CST

Experts urge workers compensation payers to take steps to avoid overprescribing or doctor shopping following a state Supreme Court's decision allowing patients to sue physicians and pharmacies for contributing to their addiction to opioids.

South Carolina considers workers comp opt-out system

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 20, 2015 - 10:04am CST

South Carolina legislators have introduced a bill that would allow employers to create alternative benefit plans for injured workers rather than providing traditional workers compensation insurance coverage for employees.

Social media posts put brakes on man’s chronic fatigue fraud

Published May 20, 2015 - 9:56am CST

An insurance cheat who claimed that illness had stopped him working was caught out by his social media posts detailing his hobby of modifying fast cars and driving them on the roads and racetracks of Cyprus.

Earlier cash settlement doesn't reduce workers comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 19, 2015 - 2:22pm CST

An employer can’t receive credit for the full amount of a lump-sum workers compensation settlement to lower the amount of benefits due to a former employee whose case was reopened, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled.

Variability of specialty drug prices requires improved oversight

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 18, 2015 - 3:08pm CST

MINNEAPOLIS — With specialty drugs accounting for an ever-rising percentage of overall U.S. prescription drug spending, employers need to improve measurement and oversight of the medications provided to workers, speakers said Monday at World At Work's Total Rewards 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis.

Pharmacy benefit manager acquires Medicare compliance unit

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 18, 2015 - 11:44am CST

Helios, a Memphis, Tennessee-based pharmacy benefit management and settlement services firm, has acquired Ringler Medicare Solutions Inc., a Medicare Secondary Payer compliance unit, the companies announced in a statement.

First responders, employee definition top workers comp legislation

Published May 15, 2015 - 10:55am CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — A large number of workers compensation bills proposed during the first quarter of 2015 involve first responders and the definition of an employee, speakers said at the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.'s 2015 Issues Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

Labor Department fines DuPont over gas leak deaths

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 14, 2015 - 3:32pm CST

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday said a DuPont facility in Texas could have prevented the deaths of four workers last year if the company had taken proper safety precautions.

Ex-lineman's appeal could delay NFL concussion settlement

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 14, 2015 - 12:05pm CST

An appeal lodged on behalf of a former player on Wednesday may delay a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players against the National Football League for concussion-related injuries.

Turbulent times ahead for workers compensation

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 14, 2015 - 10:32am CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite improved financial indicators, the head of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. says the workers compensation sector should prepare for “difficult times” as workplaces and the workforce evolve.

Workers comp opt-out plan challenged in Oklahoma

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 14, 2015 - 8:54am CST

Forty-five employers have opted out of Oklahoma's workers compensation system since the state began allowing them to do so in February 2014, but critics continue to challenge the constitutionality of the opt-out plan.

'At-will' worker who delayed reporting injury can't fight firing

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 13, 2015 - 12:39pm CST

A worker who was fired from his job for waiting to properly report a work injury can’t move forward with a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer, a Mississippi appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Duct maker faces $822,000 in OSHA safety fines

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 12, 2015 - 1:04pm CST

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Tuesday that a Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania-based duct manufacturer faces $822,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.

Liberty Mutual reports higher net income, change in business mix

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 12, 2015 - 11:48am CST

Liberty Mutual Holding Co. reported $276 million in net income for the first quarter of 2015, a 4.2% increase over last year, despite increased catastrophe losses.

California bill aims for fairness in women's disability claims

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 12, 2015 - 11:34am CST

A California bill would prevent medical conditions that primarily affect women from being considered preexisting conditions when determining workers compensation permanent disability benefits.

Fish oil firm fights FDA for off-label use

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 11, 2015 - 2:47pm CST

A biopharmaceutical company has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in federal court for the right to market its fish oil pill for off-label use.

OSHA upgrades workplace violence prevention guide

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 10, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its workplace violence prevention guide for the health care and social services industry — but a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan is a best practice for all employers, experts say.

New Medicare Secondary Payer appeals process may prove costly

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 10, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A new Medicare Secondary Payer appeals process for workers compensation and liability claims will allow payers to challenge reimbursement demands they believe are incorrect, but appeal costs could be greater than any potential savings.

OSHA addresses deadly electrical risks

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 10, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Federal regulators' adoption of industry consensus standards shows their desire to keep up-to-date with worker safety risks posed by electricity, including highly dangerous arc flashes that cause thousands of burns each year.

Young Hispanics at small construction firms at highest safety risk

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 08, 2015 - 12:58pm CST

Construction workers who are Hispanic, young and employed by small firms likely face greater occupational safety challenges than almost any other employee segment or in any industry in the United States, a new report finds.

Best Places to Work in Insurance accepting entries through June 5

Published May 08, 2015 - 9:17am 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.

Injured worker can pursue old claim dispute over hot tub and Nikes

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 07, 2015 - 2:24pm CST

An Mississippi worker can pursue a bad-faith claim against the workers compensation insurer that refused to pay for her whirlpool bath tub and Nike sneakers after a 1984 injury, the state Court of Appeals ruled.

Crawford to cut costs in wake of profit decline

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 07, 2015 - 1:52pm CST

Crawford & Co. on Thursday said it is looking to cut costs and realign its senior management, as the claims management company saw a steep drop in profit for the first quarter of 2015.

Are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors?

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 07, 2015 - 9:56am CST

A lawsuit filed by an injured driver seeking workers compensation benefits from ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. highlights ongoing debate over criteria that are used determine whether workers are independent contractors or employees.

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