Workers Compensation News

Cost of Most Serious Workplace Injuries Falls: Liberty Mutual

Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers $59.9 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available, according to the 2017 Liberty Mutual …

California Report Shows Lower Bay Area Workers’ Comp Claims Costs

A report out today shows that San Francisco Bay Area residents account for 17.5 percent of California job injury claims but only 15. percent of claim costs. The report by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute points to several reasons for …

Oregon’s New Fall Protections Now 6′ And Up for Home Builders

A state regulation that took effect Jan. 1 requires Oregon construction contractors to make sure workers are protected from falls if work is done six or more feet above a surface. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division said the …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Shows Sharp Increase in ALAE Costs

Allocated loss adjustment expense costs have increased sharply over the last several years despite implementation of many of the components of a workers’ compensation reform law intended to reduce total loss adjustment expense levels, a report out today from the …

California Labor Commissioner Nails Taxi Company for Failure to Carry Comp

Santa Rosa, Calif. taxi company A-C Transportation Services Inc. has agreed to settle a $522,300 citation for refusing to provide its 30 drivers with workers’ compensation insurance coverage and for misclassifying them as independent contractors. California Labor Commissioner Julie A. …

California DIR Releases Overview of Upcoming New Laws

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released its 2016 Legislative Digest, which summarizes new laws that impact workers and employers. Most of the chaptered bills are slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Highlights those new laws include: …

Wisconsin Company Cited in Teen’s Machine Shop Death

A federal workplace safety agency has cited a Wisconsin company after a teenage worker was fatally injured at a machine shop. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Tuesday it has issued multiple safety and health violations against G.D. …

Groups Suing Seattle over Voter-approved Hotel Workplace Safety Measure

Seattle is being sued over a voter-approved measure requiring new workplace protections for hotel workers. The American Hotel and Lodging Association, Washington Hospitality Association and Seattle Hotel Association say provisions of Initiative-124 duplicate or clash with existing laws. The Seattle …

Workers’ Comp Rates in Missouri Expected to Drop Again

Employers in Missouri should see a continued decrease in workers’ compensation insurance costs. The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.6 percent decrease in workers’ comp insurance loss costs for 2017. This would mark the third year in a …

West Regulation Report Card: California Most Politicized State

A report gives California’s insurance regulatory environment low marks for auto body repair rules, the insurance commissioner’s call for insurers to divest from coal, its prior approval law and being the “most politicized state in the country.” California was given …