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...
08.02.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) - A nationwide crackdown on individuals who didn’t meet the standards when it came to insurance licensing requirements in eight states netted 675 arrests.
The raid, organized by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA), attempted to level the playing field for contractors, protect consumers and discourage illegal activity in the construction industry.
“The shared commitment of our state members...
Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Yaworsky as the new Chief of Staff for the Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) effective Monday, July 24, 2017.
“Mr. Yaworsky has a wide range of experience serving in state government positions both in Florida and Georgia. This public service background combined with his exceptional leadership abilities will be a tremendous asset to the Office. I look forward...
07.19.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – A New Jersey Congressman implied that a businessman cared more about his fast food product than his employees during workplace liability hearings on Capitol Hill this week.
During the testimony of Jerry Reese, director of franchise development for Dat Dog, a New Orleans based hot dog restaurant chain, Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., said "There is a fundamental problem here today for the American worker when an employer, whether...
07.12.2017By Liz Carey
New York, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) – Despite rolling out a pilot program to cover its drivers in case of injury, critics say the plan can’t be called workers’ compensation.
In fact, even the insurance documents say the program isn’t workers’ compensation.
In May, ride-sharing service Uber started offering its drivers a voluntary insurance policy to cover them in case of injury on the job. As reported...
07.05.2017By Liz Carey
Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – Business leaders in Ohio are calling on their legislature to find other ways to balance the budget besides taking money from the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Industrial Commission funds.
A Senate-passed budget authorization allows the Ohio budget director to take up to 2 percent of a variety of funds to balance the budget. The funds — including the Industrial Commission, the Bureau of Workers...
06.28.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
Workers’ compensation insurers are enjoying profitable and stable years. People who run and advise them tell me that computer analytics, relatively new to underwriting, has been a gift that will keep on giving. And it’s good for employers.
National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) chief actuary Kathy Antonello, at the organization’s annual conference in May, painted a picture of a near cloudless summer day. Frequency of...
06.21.2017By Angela Underwood
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The only thing that stays the same is that everything is constantly changing.
As trends come and go, workers’ compensation experts discuss in detail with WorkersCompensation.com what drives the Grand Bargain, at almost one hundred years since its formation. This is not National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) Senior Division Executive Peter Burton’s first rodeo when it comes to observing what is hot and what...
06.14.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
Liberty Mutual closed its Center for Disability Research, along with the rest of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, on June 6, due to corporate cost-cutting. So ends 63 years of insurer-sponsored research.
Glenn Pransky, MD, has led disability research there, arriving in 1999. His achievements, with those of his team, are unmatched in the workers’ compensation community for vision, persistence, and output.
His role in workers’ compensation can be...
06.07.2017By Angela Underwood
Rochester, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - Family leave is attorney Luke Wright’s priority.
Since the esquire with New York-based Harter Secrest & Emery LLP heard Gov. Andrew Cuomo announce the Empire state would be rolling out a more bountiful paid family leave, he has been focusing on what will take effect in January 2018.
“They did this by not creating a new law, rather they amended the workers’ compensation law...
05.31.2017By Angela Underwood
San Bernardino, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd said California is one of the utmost stringent and expensive employers among the states, making it one of the most complicated workers’ compensation systems in the U.S.
“That is why we have a system in place in California where the DA has specific units to fight workers’ comp fraud,” said Byrd, who works aside Deputy District Attorney Michael...
05.24.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
Courts in three states have struck down at least certain parts of their workers’ compensation laws as unconstitutional. These decisions favored injured workers. A ruling by an Alabama court last week may be the most important of the three, because it most directly goes to the heart of the problem, which is adequacy of benefits. Judge Pat Ballard in his opinion pointed to, as legal scholar Michael Duff noted to me, “the elephant in...
05.17.2017By Angela Underwood
National (WorkersCompensation.com) – In 2013, civil rights historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch brought up the matter of collegiate athletes receiving workers’ compensation.
One can assume: If it wasn’t for the teams, there wouldn’t be multi-million-dollar revenue for colleges across the nation. Taking this stance in a 2011 Atlantic report, Branch claimed the “NCAA’s ‘student-athlete’ regimen an outlier from any norm.”...
05.10.2017By Liz Carey
(WorkersCompensation.com) - Despite more than two decades of lawsuits, exotic dancers still face issues over who pays if they are injured on the job.
And recent reports indicate the dancers work in some of the more unsafe industries out there.
Since 1994, exotic dancers have been suing their club owners for worker rights and benefits. While club owners identify exotic dancers as independent contractors, increasingly courts are ruling that they are employees...
05.03.2017By Angela Underwood
Arlington, VA (WorkersCompensation.com) – The U.S. government is saving it to the Cloud.
DRT, a technology and strategy agency based out of Virginia, has been awarded a very significant contract. For the next seven years at a $52 million service cost, the company will create a workers’ compensation Cloud computing program for the Department of Labor (DOL).
According to a Washington Technology report, the government wants to arrange “systems...
04.26.2017By Angela Underwood
California (WorkersCompensation.com) – The juxtaposition of the largest workers’ compensation settlement in the state with the California Department of Insurance considering a rate reduction proves the Golden state is on a positive streak.
The state is on the hook for $10 million to an injured worker who settled the largest workers’ compensation claim in the nation’s history under the coming and going rule, and it has been deemed doable...
04.12.2017By Angela Underwood
Little Rock, AR (WorkersCompensation.com) – Opt-in or opt-out of workers’ compensation is the question Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock) is proposing.
If passed, SB 653 would establish an elective alternative structure to both finance and administer benefits for workers’ compensation claimants separate than what exists now.
What exists now is diluted, according to Esquire Bob Buckalew, out of Little Rock. “The workers’ compensation in Arkansas has been so...
Boyertown, PA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries for the Insurance Department and Labor & Industry today announced Pennsylvania businesses will see another cut in workers' compensation insurance rates while maintaining benefit levels for injured workers.
Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino made the announcement at an event at Global Advanced Metals in Boyertown.
Workers' comp insurance rates will drop 6.21 percent, effective April 1, reducing a key expense for many...
04.05.2017By Angela Underwood
Helena, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) — The Montana State Fund isn't going anywhere regardless of Senator Eric Moore's (R-Miles City) proposal last week to dissolve the state's largest workers' compensation insurance carrier.
The threat to dissolve the $1.6 billion-dollar state fund with SB 371 days after the group announced a five-percent decrease in workers' comp costs and negative rate was a shock to some.
According to the senator, there would be more...
03.29.2017By: Kendell Gracey
The dust is still swirling around the Liability Medicare Set-Aside (LMSA) issue, but a few areas clearly show Medicare’s plan and intended next steps. First, Medicare appears to have stopped or paused the official rulemaking process for LMSAs. Second, Medicare is still pursing the LMSA issue through other avenues—namely the expansion of the Workers’ Compensation MSA (WCMSA) contractor program. And finally, Medicare is obligating the soon-to-be-awarded WCMSA contractor with the...