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...
08.30.2017By Dara Barney
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Think back on all of your jobs. Not just the current one, but the one before that, and maybe the one in retail or food. Do you remember receiving any sort of guidance or handbook policy direction on what to do if a) some sort of violent incident, maybe a shooting, occurs or b) a coworker or staff member has a bruise on their face that wasn’t from a...
08.23.2017By Julius Young The WCIRB has now issued its 2017 report on the state of the California workers’ comp system.
If you’re headed to a desert island and want to take along one resource for understanding California workers’ comp now, this is probably the best choice.
As with so many studies, different stakeholders will read the report from their own perspective, seeing success or problems as the case may be.
08.23.2017By Liz Carey
Raleigh, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) – Changes to North Carolina’s employee classification law won’t change the definition of “employee” or “independent contractor,” but may make it easier for state agencies to come after employers who misclassify their workers.
On Aug. 11, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act. The law creates a new section of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the...
08.23.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The ongoing economic recovery has been good for workers’ compensation insurance providers, but they face some long-term challenges, according to a July report from Moody's Investors Service.
The report notes that workers’ comp comprises close to 10 percent of the total direct premiums written by U.S. property and casualty insurers, ranking it third — behind only personal automobile and homeowners insurance.
According to a...
08.23.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Jacksonville, FL (Workerscompensation.com) – There is no doubt technology has changed the way we do just about everything and strides in the field of workers’ compensation are no different.
Technology brings “…More access and more opportunity to engage injured workers,” said Michelle Despres, Vice-President and national product leader for One Call Physical Therapy. “If you think of things like fitness trackers, it’s an opportunity to...
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 Liz Carey
Trumbull, CT (WorkersCompensation.com) – A non-profit transportation company has said it has reached an agreement with Lyft to provide rides to people in their workers’ compensation transportation program to their medical appointments.
Coordinated Transportation Solutions (CTS), a non-profit company that provides transportation to at-risk populations for non-emergency medical transportation services and workers’ compensation transportation, among other transportation services, said the move would help them lower costs for some of their customers.<...
08.16.2017By Liz Carey
Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) – A drug company sued by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is preparing to pay up to $4.5 million to settle the suit, according to the company’s quarterly reports.
But legislation addressing the over-prescription of opioids to injured workers as part of its workers’ compensation system, is still pending in the Illinois legislature.
Insys Therapeutics Inc., the maker of Subsys, noted in its quarterly report...
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...
08.16.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Prescription drug formularies, which have a long history in health insurance but are relatively new in workers’ comp, are seeing a surge of interest among state governments seeking to control workers’ comp costs.
One reason for the lag in workers’ comp programs developing formularies is that special-interest groups — most notably physicians and employers — routinely have had significant influence over state legislatures, according to...
08.16.2017By Liz Carey
Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A federal agency has stepped in to investigate whether or not modified SUVs are responsible for the carbon dioxide poisoning of police officers across the country.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently began investigating more than 1.3 million Ford Explorers made between 2011 and 2017, after it received reports of exhaust odors and high carbon monoxide levels. The government agency is working with Ford to see if there is...
08.10.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – While many business analysts see the Trump administration as good for business, one expert says the administration’s policies may not be enough for companies with operations in multiple states.
According to a recently released report, business leaders remain confident in the President’s ability to stimulate growth and reform taxes. The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey is a quarterly survey of CEOs and outlooks for...
08.10.2017By Liz Carey
Omaha, NE (WorkersCompensation.com) – Insurance fraud rings may use public records on workers’ compensation to identify potential recruits for their plans, experts say.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Joseph Wehrle, Jr., chief executive of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), speaking at an insurance fraud conference sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Insurance, said that insurance fraudsters tend to gravitate toward larger cities and rely on recruiting others to seek...
08.10.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Comorbidities — conditions like diabetes and obesity that can complicate the medical care of people injured on the job — are significant cost drivers in workers' comp claims, and many employers turn to “wellness” initiatives to preventatively address those adverse health conditions.
According to a recent whitepaper from Harbor Health Systems, unveiled at the December 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference in New Orleans, the presence...
08.10.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The prescription of generic drugs is trending upward in workers’ compensation, according to research released by Coventry Workers’ Comp Services. The research looked at both managed and unmanaged prescriptions in cases from 2015-2016.
According to the report, generic drugs are prescribed more often than name brand products.
“It’s a trend that’s been out there for a while now,”...
08.10.2017By Dara Barney
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Missed out on the conference this year? Or maybe didn't attend all the sessions you wanted to? See below for a quick summary of some hot workers' comp topics covered this year.
Marijuana and Opioids: How They Affect Workers’ Comp
Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM, started out the morning with Implications...
Itasca, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - According to a new National Safety Council survey-based report, 43 percent of Americans say they do not get enough sleep to mitigate critical risks that can jeopardize safety at work and on the roads, including the ability to think clearly, make informed decisions and be productive. Eighty-one percent of the probability-based survey respondents have jobs that are at high risk for fatigue – positions that require sustained attention or are...
08.02.2017By Julius Young, Workers' Comp ZONE Blog
Months race by, so now it is time to take stock of California workers’ comp after the 2017 half-way mark. What stands out?
Below, in no particular order, are my picks for the most significant topics in California workers’ comp during the first half of 2017. Most of these were discussed in my blog as the year went along.
1. Adoption of a formulary was delayed...
08.02.2017By Liz Carey
Kingston, TN (WorkersCompensation.com) – Eight years after the dust has settled, surviving cleanup workers of the largest coal ash spill in history are filing suit against the company that failed to warn them of the dangers of coal ash, or to allow them workers’ compensation for illnesses they came down with after only a few months on the job.
In December 2008, a massive coal ash spill created havoc for the Tennessee Valley...