Workers Compensation News

Backers Drop Arizona Legislation On Workers’ Comp Benefits

Business-backed legislation to prohibit workers from filing lawsuits alleging they were unfairly denied workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries is going nowhere at the Arizona Legislature. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, supporters of the legislation decided to shelve it …

California Legislator Indicted for Taking Bribes in Workers’ Comp Scheme

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that state Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted in a corruption case and accused of taking about $100,000 in bribes from a hospital executive in Southern California who ran an alleged workers’ compensation scheme. Federal authorities …

2.7 Percent Workers’ Comp Hike Sought For Washington In 2014

The Department of Labor & Industries has proposed an average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 workers’ compensation premiums. Over the past two years, workers’ compensation surveys have shown an increase in rates nationally, however this will be L&I’s first …

Veto Sustained On Missouri Workers’ Comp Database

Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto has been sustained on legislation calling for the creation of an online database of workers’ compensation claims. Senators supported the override 25-9 on Wednesday. But the House vote of 90-71 fell well short of the two-thirds …

Wife Nabbed For Allegedly Cashing Dead Hubby’s Workers’ Comp Checks in California

Rosa Maria Barajas, 68, of Huntington Park, Calif. was arrested for allegedly receiving workers’ compensation benefits of her dead husband. The arrest was made by California Department of Insurance detectives with assistance from the Huntington Park Police Department. Barajas is …

Texas Business Indicted on Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges

A Travis County, Texas grand jury has indicted Mark Edward Helm and McClanahan Drywall Inc., of Emory, Texas, on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Helm was an officer of McClanahan Drywall Inc. and obtained workers’ comp coverage through Texas Mutual Insurance …

DIR: California’s Alternative Security Program Frees $7.7 Billion

Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations, on Wednesday approved the implementation of the 2013/14 Alternative Security Program, which Baker said frees up $7.7 billion in capital that provides self-insured businesses in the state “greater financial flexibility.” According …

Alaska Workers’ Comp Board Seeks Ways To Reduce Costs

The Alaska Workers Compensation Board sought public input on rising costs in the last week. Board members held public meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau seeking comment on ways to stem rising costs. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported …

Montana Man Pleads Guilty In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

A 76-year-old Havre, Mont. man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a case for failing to report that he owned a profitable business while receiving more than $277,000 in federal worker’s compensation benefits from 2001 to 2012. The U.S. Attorney’s Office …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Insurers Return on Worth Up

California workers’ compensation insurers’ average return on net worth increased for the second year in a row in 2011, according to the latest National Association of Insurance Commissioners report on insurer profitability. The report shows California insurers’ 2011 return improved …