workers’ compensation News

Employees Exempt from Workers’ Compensation

Employee-employer relationships regarding workers’ compensation are complicated by the IRS, industrial commissions, the courts and state statute. Each has its own definition or applies a different test to define “employee.” Certain “employment” situations and arrangements are exempt from the requirements …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises

Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials are eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and the …

2 Mass. Roofing Company Owners Indicted for Alleged Work Comp Fraud

Two business owners in Milford, Massachusetts, have been indicted in connection with failing to accurately report their total payroll and workforce to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums, authorities announced. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office …

Second Injury Funds: Are They Still Necessary or Just a Drain On the System?

Second (or subsequent) injury funds (SIFs) have been abolished in 20 states. Alabama and Maine began this movement in 1992, with South Carolina being the most recent convert; each ending its respective program in 2013. Further, the American Insurance Association …

Benefits Provided Under Workers’ Compensation Laws

Injuries or illnesses established as compensable under applicable workers’ compensation law require prescribed benefits be paid to the injured employee. Benefit limits and duration vary by jurisdiction but each state provides essentially the same three “classes” of benefits: Medical benefits; …

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Louisiana-Based AMERISAFE, Subsidiaries

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of DeRidder, La.-based AMERISAFE Inc. and its property/casualty subsidiaries: American Interstate Insurance Co.; Silver Oak Casualty Inc.; and American Interstate Insurance Co. in Austin, Texas. Concurrently, …

Changes to Kansas Workers’ Comp System Raise Lawsuit Fears

A change to the state system for paying medical bills and lost wages for injured workers in Kansas has some fearing big lawsuits and others looking forward to cost savings. Starting Jan. 1, the state began rating injuries using an …

Connecticut Revisits Workers’ Comp for First Responders With PTSD

The Connecticut General Assembly is revisiting whether to grant workers’ compensation coverage for certain first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, such as those who responded to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Following a couple years of …

Safety an Issue as Oilfield Companies Cut Costs During Downturn

A deadly oil well explosion in Texas’ Permian Basin this week offers a cautionary note of the industry’s challenges as companies cut costs during a market downturn. Even as deaths in the industry have climbed much less than the breakneck …

3 Killed in West Texas Oil Field Explosion

An oil field rig exploded in West Texas killing three workers on March 10. Investigator Dusty Kilgore of the Upton County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened Tuesday morning near Rankin, about 40 miles south of Midland. Kilgore says a …