workers’ compensation News

2 North Texas-Area Facilities Fined by Federal Safety Regulators

Federal safety regulators have fined two different companies over safety violation in facilities located in North Texas. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined steel fabricator, K-T Galvanizing Company Inc., $53,200 for 13 serious violations found in its facility …

OSHA: Crane Accident Kills North Dakota Oil Worker

A worker was killed in a crane accident at an oil well site in western North Dakota, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. The incident, which happened late on June 20 near Ross in Mountrail County, was the second …

Update: 1 Dead, 3 Hurt in North Dakota Oil Rig Blast

One worker was killed and two others were seriously injured in an explosion and fire at an oil well in western North Dakota, authorities said. The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department said 52-year-old Johnny Stassinos of Rock Springs, Wyoming, died Saturday …

Applied Underwriters’ Workers’ Comp Business Faulted by California Regulator

California’s insurance commissioner said a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. insurance business evaded a state law designed to protect small businesses from unexpected workers’ compensation costs. Commissioner Dave Jones faulted Berkshire’s Applied Underwriters Inc. and California Insurance Co. units over the sale …

Church Mutual, Insight Worldwide Partner on Pre-Employment Screening

Merrill, Wis.-based Church Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has partnered with Insight Worldwide to offer access to pre-employment screening for those who hire employees at senior living communities. Pre-screening applicants before engaging in an employment agreement helps ensure that new …

Missouri Governor Signs Bills Expanding Access to Medicines

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed two bills aimed at expanding patient access to either cheaper biologic drugs or more expensive prescriptions. Nixon signed the legislation on June 8. One bill includes new rules for step therapy, which is the …

California State Fund Files for Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease

The State Compensation Insurance Fund is seeking to cut its workers’ compensation rates, per a recent filing with the California Department of Insurance. The rate filing also includes an overall 9.5 percent rate reduction due to improvements in State Fund’s …

Former California Lawmaker Pleas Guilty in Money Laundering Case Involving Workers’ Comp

A former California Legislator on Monday pleaded guilty to crimes that included accepting bribes, some related to alleged bribes involving workers’ compensation fraud. Former Democratic Assemblyman Tom Calderon pleaded guilty to one felony count of money laundering as part of an …

How Well Do Oklahoma Opt-Out Plans Serve Injured Workers? It Depends, Study Says

A recent analysis of the workers’ compensation “opt-out” system in Oklahoma concludes that employer-run plans for injured workers may offer benefits that are equal to or better than those provided by traditional workers’ compensation as proponents suggest, but there are …

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Advisory Rate

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones adopted and issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.30 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance. The change is effective July. This is a 10.5 percent reduction compared with …