News Archive


Page 4 of 302 pages ‹ First  < 2 3 4 5 6 >  Last ›

Rousmaniere: How to Destroy Talent

09.27.2017

By Peter Rousmaniere

A journalist participates in some peculiar conversations and must learn how to be jilted and keep a sense of humor.  A phone call this summer stands out for how the other person on the line went about treating a subordinate like a bucket of body parts.  Given the position of authority of person on the phone, I fear for those working in this bone-chilling organizational climate.

There are negligent, lazy, unimaginative bosses....
09.27.2017

Read More


Workers’ Compensation 2.0

09.26.2017

If you missed the WCI 2017 Conference or want to watch this riveting program again, click here for the podcast. 

THE YEAR IS 2019. The United States Supreme Court has just declared state workers’ compensation systems to be “unconstitutional” because they no longer provide a “grand bargain” to injured workers. Recognizing the chaos this will cause, the Court gives states 6 months to enact new workers’ compensation legislation before implementing...
09.26.2017

Read More


Worldwide: Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates On the Decline

09.20.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Workers’ compensation insurance renewal rates in the United States — the premiums paid as existing policies are renewed — have been part of a worldwide decline in renewal rates across all lines of property, casualty and professional insurance products. 

The second quarter of this year, the latest full quarter for which figures are available, marked the 17th consecutive quarter of renewal rate declines across the world, according...
09.20.2017

Read More


Hospital Violence Captures Regulators’ Attention

09.20.2017

By Liz Carey

Lowell, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied a $208,000 penalty against a Massachusetts behavioral health services firm it says failed to protect its employees from assaults by patients.

The citation comes two years after an inspection at the facility where OSHA found serious violations in May 2015. According to OSHA, the facility did not take the appropriate actions to abate previous violations, including logging violent interactions with patients. <...
09.20.2017

Read More


Undocumented, and Unprotected? Illegal Immigrants Enjoy Full Workers’ Comp Benefits in NJ

09.20.2017

By Phil Yacuboski

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

---

Trenton, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) – The difference in workers’ comp benefits between a United States citizen and an undocumented worker in New Jersey is – well, there’s...
09.20.2017

Read More


Comp and Cannabis: Perhaps ‘Another Tool in the Toolbox’ for ME

09.20.2017

By Dara Barney

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means regarding workers’ compensation.

---

There’s a big Supreme Court case brewing in Maine slated for Wednesday, and it is all about medical cannabis. Will state law avail to cover a millworker’s medical marijuana relief for chronic pain?...
09.20.2017

Read More


Insurers Breathe Sigh of Relief Over Irma

09.20.2017

By Liz Carey

Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – With the worst of Hurricane Irma over, insurers are breathing a sigh of relief that damage estimates have spiraled downward since last week. 

According to Financial Times, damage estimates in Florida from modelling firm AIR have been set between $20 and $40 billion, down from an estimated $100 billion during last week’s lead up to the storm.

Hurricane Irma hit Florida over the weekend, striking the Florida...
09.20.2017

Read More


Grad Students Gain Support for Unionization

09.13.2017

By Liz Carey

Athens, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – Graduate students at Ohio University hope they can rally together to become a unionized organization.  

The group will meet today (Wednesday, Sept. 6) to encourage graduate students to become part of their Graduate Employee Organization, that focuses on providing better working conditions and benefits for the students.

Unionization of graduate students is a trend that has progressed across the country since August 2016 when the National Labor Relations...
09.13.2017

Read More


Tesla Faces Scrutiny: NLRB Alleges Union Busting; Employees Allege Discrimination, Abuse

09.13.2017

By Liz Carey

Fremont, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against new age car company Tesla, alleging it threatened or intimidated employees from unionizing. 

And other employees at the plant, through a New York-based attorney, have alleged that the company engages in discrimination, workplace abuse and fraudulent accounting practices.

As previously reported in WorkersCompensation.com, workers at Tesla’s Fremont, CA plant wanted to join...
09.13.2017

Read More


FL ‘Underground Economy’ Strengthened When Illegal Immigrants Are Hurt at Work

09.13.2017

By Phil Yacuboski

This is the next article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

---

Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – In South Florida, you’ll find nearly a half-million illegal immigrants, according to data compiled by the Pew Research Center. In Miami, there are...
09.13.2017

Read More


Comp and Cannabis: Access to Medical Marijuana in GA and the ‘Gaping Hole’ Issue of How to Obtain It

09.13.2017

By Dara Barney

This is the first article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Comp and Cannabis” series, as Editor Dara Barney explores medical marijuana legislation state-by-state, and what it means regarding workers’ compensation.

---

Georgia State Representative Allen Peake gets pot delivered to his office. Okay, he is a registered card carrier for medical marijuana, and it is cannabinoid (CBD) oil at less than five percent THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, which very...
09.13.2017

Read More


Employers and Workers: Artificially Lowering Workplace Injury Statistics?

09.13.2017

By 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...
09.13.2017

Read More


States Vary in Handling Depression as Workers’ Comp Claims

09.06.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Whether through the actual circumstances of a workplace accident, or the worry of dealing with medical treatments and wondering about the future in the wake of the accident, mental issues like depression can and do accompany physical injuries in workers’ compensation claims.

“When you get hurt on the job, all stresses in life ramp up,” says Bernard Nomberg, a Birmingham, AL, attorney whose practice includes workers...
09.06.2017

Read More


Workers’ Comp Rates to go Down in FL, According to NCCI

09.06.2017

By 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....
09.06.2017

Read More


NJ: Three Charged in Workers’ Comp Fraud, Part of $100M Money Laundering Scheme

09.06.2017

By Liz Carey

Cinnaminson, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) – Three Brazilian men have been arrested in New Jersey for what authorities say was a $100 million money laundering scheme. 

Following a nine-month investigation, police raided Maia Consulting, a non-descript storefront off Route 130 in Cinnaminson, NJ. Officials allege the company was a set up to conceal payments to undocumented workers at construction projects all along the Eastern seaboard.

Renato Maia Da Silva, 51, of Cinnaminson; Wesley Dos Santos, 31,...
09.06.2017

Read More


Undocumented, and Unprotected? In ND, ‘It’s Not a Retaliatory Firing, That’s the Law’

09.06.2017

By Phil Yacuboski

This is the second article in WorkersCompensation.com's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.

--- 

Fargo, ND (WorkersCompensation.com) – When it comes North Dakota’s illegal immigrant population numbers, the Peace Garden State ranks near the bottom of the list, according to...
09.06.2017

Read More


Officials Disagree on Volunteer Rescue Efforts in Houston, and Workers’ Comp Coverage

09.06.2017

By Liz Carey

Houston, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – As thousands of Houston residents tried to escape the rising flood waters of Hurricane Harvey, federal and state officials had differing views on whether or not volunteer help was needed to rescue them.

And even more important for the volunteer rescuers: Whether or not they would be covered by workers’ compensation should they be injured or killed during their rescue attempts. 

Two men are dead,...
09.06.2017

Read More


Aging Workforce Means Higher Costs, Some Analysts Say

08.30.2017

By Liz Carey

Washington, D.C. (WorkersCompensation.com) – With more senior citizens staying in the workforce, companies face higher costs as the workforce ages.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 20 percent of adults over 65 are opting to continue working rather than retiring. That level is the highest it has been since 1965. And while many are opting to stay on the job for the sheer joy of working, others are staying because they can&rsquo...
08.30.2017

Read More


Workers’ Comp Law is a Factor in the IA Governor’s Race

08.30.2017

By Jim Thompson

Des Moines, IA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A crowded field of candidates is vying for governor in Iowa, and changes in the state’s workers’ compensation law are playing a role in the contest.

The Iowa measure was signed by then-Gov. Terry Branstad on March 30. Two months later, Gov. Branstad resigned to accept President Donald Trump’s appointment as ambassador to China, and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, also a Republican, became Iowa...
08.30.2017

Read More


National Study: Nearly a Fifth of all Hospitality Workers Involved in Substance Abuse

08.30.2017

By Liz Carey

Durham, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) – According to a recent study, nearly 20 percent of hospitality employees have substance abuse disorder, and the percentage is rising. 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 19.1 percent of all adults employed in the accommodation and food services industry used illicit drugs in the past month. That’s up from 16.9 percent during the years between 2003 and 2007.

The report ranked industry segments by the...
08.30.2017

Read More


Page 4 of 302 pages ‹ First  < 2 3 4 5 6 >  Last ›

Advertise with WCI