workers’ compensation News

Maine’s Highest Court Upholds Workers’ Comp Fraud Conviction

Maine’s highest court is upholding the conviction of a northern Maine man convicted of collecting more than $50,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while operating an engine repair business. An Aroostook County jury convicted 63-year-old Stephen Tucker Sr. of theft in …

Safety Officials Fine Illinois Auto Parts Company $114K

A Peoria, Ill., auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations that the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it …

How On-Demand Economy Is Changing Workers’ Compensation

The workers’ compensation industry must contend with a fast-growing on-demand economy where jobs are filled via apps and more employees are temporary contractors. “Technology is changing how we think about jobs,” Dr. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute …

Texas Construction Safety Group Gets $2.1M Dividend from Insurer

Workers compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., recently awarded a dividend of $2,159,751 to the Texas Construction Association safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore keeping …

Wisconsin Dairy Co-Op Cited in Grain Bin Death, Fined $193K

A federal worker safety agency is proposing a $193,000 fine against a Wisconsin dairy co-op after a man died in a grain bin in November. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 11 announced it was citing Burnett Dairy …

California Commissioner OKs 10.2% Drop in Workers’ Comp Advisory Rates

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones signed on to a recommendation by the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of an advisory pure premium rate for July that is 10.2 percent lower than those approved on Jan. 1. Jones issued his decision …

Indiana Governor Signs Bill Repealing Construction Minimum Wage Law

Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The bill will eliminate the boards that set what is known as the common construction wage that …

Conn.’s Work Comp Second Injury Fund Assessment Rate Remains Unchanged

Connecticut’s Office of the Treasurer announced that the assessment rate for the state’s Second Injury Fund will continue to remain unchanged for fiscal year 2016 which begins on July 1, 2015. The assessment rate for insurance companies is 2.75 percent …

California Officer in Ice Bucket Video Faces Insurance Fraud Charges

A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury. Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police …

Worker Killed in Incident at Fiat Chrysler Detroit Factory

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly factory in Detroit was killed Tuesday morning while working at the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. “The company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident,” Jodi …