Articles by Amy O'Connor

O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act to Remain in Place, For Now

Alabama’s workers’ compensation law, ruled unconstitutional by a county judge last week, will remain in effect for the immediate future. The Alabama judge who on May 8 declared the state’s workers’ compensation act unconstitutional has issued an indefinite stay to his …

Florida Fails to Pass Workers’ Compensation Reform

Florida businesses shouldn’t expect relief for workers’ compensation rates, this year at least. The Florida Legislature failed to pass legislation this session addressing 2016 decisions by the Florida Supreme Court that sent the state’s workers’ comp system into disarray and …

Florida Lawmakers Once Again Fail to Pass AOB Claims Reform

Florida lawmakers have once again let slip an opportunity to address insurance claims abuse, as legislation failed to make it through the Senate before the 2017 legislative session ended. This is the fifth consecutive year that a bill on curbing …

Florida Court Approves Workers’ Compensation Ratemaking Process

A Florida appeals court has rejected a trial court’s finding that the process for determining workers’ compensation rates used by a rating organization and state insurance regulators violated the state’s Sunshine Law. The decision means that a 14.5 percent workers’ …

Florida Lawmakers Once Again Fail to Pass AOB Claims Reform

Florida lawmakers have once again let slip an opportunity to address insurance claims abuse, as legislation failed to make it through the Senate before the 2017 legislative session ended Friday. This is the fifth consecutive year that a bill on …

Florida Fails to Pass Workers’ Compensation Reform

Florida businesses shouldn’t expect relief for workers’ compensation rates, this year at least. The Florida Legislature failed to pass legislation this session addressing 2016 decisions by the Florida Supreme Court that sent the state’s workers’ comp system into disarray and …

Report: South Carolina Workers’ Comp Market Stable With Plenty of Capacity

The South Carolina workers’ compensation market is strong, according to the state department of insurance’s most recent report, as the first reform to the state’s workers’ comp system in almost a decade readies to complete a full year of enactment …

Report: South Carolina Workers’ Comp Market Stable With Plenty of Capacity

The South Carolina workers’ compensation market is strong, according to the state department of insurance’s most recent report, as the first reform to the state’s workers’ comp system in almost a decade readies to complete a full year of enactment …

Florida House Advances Bill Targeting Claims Abuse, But Senate Battle Looms

A bill aimed at decreasing insurance claims abuse in Florida has made it through the Florida House, and the industry’s hope for assignment of benefits reform now officially rests with the state Senate. The Florida House of Representatives advanced House …

Q&A With Florida Commissioner Altmaier, an Agent Turned Regulator

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is just about to complete his first full year in the position since taking over for Kevin McCarty last May, and there hasn’t been a dull moment since he took the post. Altmaier, 35, is …