workers’ compensation News

‘Cops’ Film Crew Member Killed by Omaha Police Bullet

When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation. In the chaotic scene that …

California Underground Economy Sweep Results in Fines, Citations

The California Department of Insurance on Wednesday led a statewide multi-agency sweep in which representatives visited more than 50 businesses to educate owners about their obligations to comply with insurance, licensing, workplace safety and labor laws, tax codes and regulations. …

Kentucky Workers’ Comp Loss Costs to Decrease Overall for 9th Straight Year

In Kentucky, workers’ compensation loss costs used by insurers in figuring rates to charge employers will show an overall decrease for the ninth straight year. Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark announced today that the state’s Department of Insurance has …

Employment Growth Leads to Workers’ Comp Benefit, Cost Uptick

Workers’ compensation benefits rose by 1.3 percent to $61.9 billion in 2012, while employer costs rose by 6.9 percent to $83.2 billion, according to a report released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy). This growth in …

Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. That’s according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers …

Commentary: Hopeful Outlook for Workers’ Comp

As we pass the halfway point of 2014, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is relatively optimistic about the outlook for the workers’ compensation market in America. Industry costs remain largely contained. There is a reasonable expectation of some …

NCCI Proposes Workers’ Comp Loss Costs Decrease in N.H.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently delivered a workers’ compensation loss cost filing to the New Hampshire Insurance Department. NCCI said that based upon its review of the most recently available data, it has proposed for New Hampshire …

Oil Boom Drawing Teachers Away from Texas School Districts

A Texas school district is scrambling to prepare for the upcoming school year after the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom led to staffing problems. The Alice Independent School District still has to fill 21 teaching positions before classes start in …

NYS Comp Board Vice Chair’s Laptop, Phones Seized: Report

Agents from the office of New York Attorney General and the FBI last week seized documents, a laptop and cell phones belonging to Frances Libous, vice chair of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and wife of New York …

Texas Plastics Plant Hit with $174K Fine for Safety and Health Violations

Plastic Systems LLC in El Paso, Texas, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 21 safety and health violations, including six repeat, for failing to develop adequate lockout/tagout procedures to control the unexpected startup of …