workers’ compensation News

Employee Wins Comp Benefits in N.Y. After Run-In With Co-Worker’s Husband

A former manager at a New York supermarket is due workers’ compensation benefits for his preexisting post-traumatic stress disorder condition, which was exacerbated during his employment because of threatening conduct by a co-worker’s husband, a New York appellate court ruled. …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …

N.Y. DFS Disapproves NYCIRB’s +6.8% Loss Cost Level Change Filing

The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) announced in a bulletin yesterday that the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued an opinion and decision letter disapproving the +6.8 percent workers’ compensation loss cost level change filed with …

Texas Shipyard Faces $305K in OSHA Penalties

Texas-based Sterling Shipyard LP has been cited for 16 serious, repeat and failure-to-abate violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for continuing to expose workers to safety hazards, including dangerous machinery, high noise levels without …

Illinois Towns See Medical Marijuana as New Job Source

The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The …

Top Wages in North Dakota in Oil Producing Counties

Job Service North Dakota data show counties that produced oil last year held nine of the top 10 spots in average annual wages. Research analyst Michael Ziesch says North Dakota’s average annual wage increased about 4 percent last year to …

New York State Insurance Fund Celebrating Its 100th Year

The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), a New York State agency established to provide a guaranteed source of workers’ compensation insurance coverage, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this month. NYSIF announced that July 1, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary …

12 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers’ Comp in Texas

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved 12 renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers’ compensation claims for a one-year period under the DWC Self-Insurance Program. These companies collectively employ approximately 36,678 employees in …

Delays in Thousands of Oklahoma Worker Comp Cases From Court Move

Hearings for thousands of injured workers will be delayed this month while the state’s workers compensation system is split into two agencies – each with its own staff, offices and equipment. Scheduled hearings in the system’s Tulsa and Oklahoma City …

DIR: California’s Alternative Security Program Frees $7.5B for Businesses

Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker has approved the implementation of the 2014/15 Alternative Security Program, which DIR says frees $7.54 billion in working capital and provides self-insured California businesses greater financial flexibility. The ASP, operated by the California Self Insurers’ Security Fund with …