09.13.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Officially speaking, there were nearly 3 million workplace injuries in the United States in 2015, according to the latest data year from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).
But those numbers are widely acknowledged, even by the BLS, to be inaccurate. The BLS notes on its own website that the bureau and its research partners “have conducted multiple studies which...
09.06.2017By Liz Carey
Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Rates for workers’ compensation insurance will go down by 9.3 percent in Florida for 2018, according to a report issued today by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).
After recommending an increase of 19.6 percent last year, the organization recommended the decrease this year based on different data. In 2016, two separate decisions in the Florida Supreme Court struck down some elements of the state’s workers’ compensation law....
08.30.2017By Liz Carey
Guadalupe, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A food packaging company and its labor broker have agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 100 current and former employees.
Apio, a division of Landec, and its labor contractor Pacific Harvest, will pay $5.9 million to nearly 2,000 employees the lawsuit alleges the companies failed to pay for full shifts. Hector Martinez, the plaintiff’s Oakland-based attorney, said supervisors would clock employees in when they arrived...
08.23.2017By Liz Carey
Los Angeles, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – While a recent California lawsuit vs. a contractor charged with misclassifying employees indicates crimes against employees is a continuing issue, some worker advocacy groups fear the current pro-business climate may mean fewer employers will pay for those crimes.
On Monday, the California Labor Commission announced it had filed a $6.3 million suit against CalCrete, a California concrete contractor, for forcing 290 employees to sign documents stating they were independent...
08.16.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A workers’ comp case involving a former player of the Arena Football League (AFL) will head to the Florida Supreme Court. Bryon Bishop is trying to collect workers’ compensation benefits after being injured as a member of the Orlando Predators.
“We are disappointed in the decision,” said Charles Leo, Bishop’s attorney, to WorkersCompensation.com. “The decision left a lot of players out...
08.02.2017By Dara Barney
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - It is that time of year again: The Workers’ Compensation Institute’s (WCI) Annual Conference starts Sunday, Aug. 6 and goes through Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Marriott World Center Resort & Convention Center. There are many different tracks and topics to choose from, and WorkersCompensation.com has taken the time to cover a few of the sessions, with some input from speakers.
For more information regarding the agenda,...
07.26.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) professor has filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for workers’ compensation after being injured in an attack at the school.
According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, the professor claims that since the school was under a five-year $40 million agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development; the school should have been covered by...
07.19.2017By Liz Carey
Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Texas appeals court reversed a $43 million injury award for a man whose leg was amputated in an industrial accident, saying his injuries were covered under workers’ compensation.
In 2013, Tyler Lee was a superintendent for a general contractor on a construction site in Houston. Berkel & Company Contractors Inc. was one of the subcontractors on the site. According to court records, one of Berkel’s superintendents, Chris...
07.12.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
About 900,000 work injuries involving at least one day of lost time will occur this year. How might that be lowered within a five year planning horizon to, say 810,000, which would be consistent with long term trends? It will likely require more adept use of technology and smarter targeting of opportunities.
To set a high bar, consider how worksite safety has lagged commercial flight safety. Since the 1960s, if American work had advanced in...
07.05.2017By Liz Carey
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – For companies with wellness plans, wearable devices like FitBits can be a way to engage employees, but, experts warn, there could be some risks associated with them as well.
While the jury is still out on how wellness programs impact workers’ compensation costs, the use of fitness trackers or wearable devices in wellness programs is beginning to take off.
According to a study from ABI...
06.28.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Nearly two decades ago, the federal government passed legislation to cover any medical expenses incurred by employees working in the country’s nuclear weapons facilities.
And nearly two decades later, employees, their families, advocacy groups and attorneys are still fighting to make sure employees get those benefits.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed an executive order requiring the federal government to compensate nuclear weapons workers, and established...
06.21.2017By Angela Underwood
Charleston, WV (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Supreme Court ruling recently denied an inmate workers’ compensation for an injury he sustained participating in state-mandated labor. It has been a hot topic in the industry this week.
The Associated Press (AP) was one of the news outlets who reported on the story, about former inmate William Crawford’s hand injury. The accident caused two of his fingers to be partially amputated and almost $100,000 in...
06.14.2017By Liz Carey
Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - While the standard for interpreters and translators remains as contract employment, some within the industry are calling for interpreters to be classified as employees.
On May 31, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against SOS International, or SOSi, a vendor for the department of justice, for misclassifying interpreters as contractors instead of employees, and cited unfair labor practices.
The company provides interpreters for...
06.07.2017By The National Safety Council
Itasca, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The National Safety Council applauds building owners across Chicago for agreeing to light their properties green in observance of June as National Safety Month. The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA) approved the Council's lighting request, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois building, Prudential Plaza and The Wrigley Building, 400-410 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill., already have agreed to participate. The National Safety...
05.31.2017By Liz Carey
St. Paul, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - While Minnesota continues to see decreases in its workers’ compensation claims, one segment of Minnesota employees is filing more claims than ever.
Employees of government-run state homes, which provide housing for seniors and people with disabilities, have filed more than 500 workers’ compensation claims, according to a report on KMSP. An estimated 350 of those claims were for aggressive and sometimes violent behavior from a client, the report...
05.24.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, D.C. (WorkersCompensation.com) - A bill introduced today in Congress by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) would strip federal workers’ compensation from former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., as well as any other elected official convicted of the 29 crimes listed.
The bill, entitled the Protecting Taxpayers from Corruption Act, would not only prevent former congressmen from collecting workers’ compensation, but also provide Congress with an annual list of Congressmen who have applied...
05.17.2017By Liz Carey
National (WorkersCompensation.com) - As technology provides improvements to accuracy, productivity and costs, it doesn’t necessarily reduce workers’ compensation costs.
According to a study by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne with the Oxford University Engineering Sciences Department, a rise in automation and robotics in American workplaces could lead to up to 47 percent of U.S. employees losing their jobs.
And as the use of robots and automation...
05.10.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
Does it matter who picks the doctor? The Workers' Compensation Research Institute concluded in a report released last week that for the most part an insurer or employer will incur roughly the same claims costs for work injuries regardless if they occur in “employer choice” or “employee choice” states. It also opened the door to fruitful discussion of what does make a difference in claims outcomes.
To get to its...
05.03.2017By Angela Underwood
Vermont and Colorado (WorkersCompensation.com) – Nationwide attention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coverage has turned to Colorado and Vermont recently.
The evidence is present in both states, where legislation for the mental health injury respectively passed last week in the Northwest and is considered almost two-thousand miles away in the Northeast.
Vermont Representatives Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) said the reason why she introduced H 197 is because she was offered the opportunity to...
04.26.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
The City of Work Injuries is shrinking in population while the City of Non-Occ Absences expands. During the Trump Administration, these trends are sure to persist. At some time they will change the workers’ comp industry as we know it.
When and how? I predicted in 2015 a scenario for the 2020s by which the current workers’ compensation would incrementally convert to a more privatized worker benefit placed on a platform shared with...