Workers Compensation News

California Workers’ Comp Institute Recaps Year in Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute this week released a report on a list of bills that will affect the workers’ comp system. The bills were recently signed into law at the end of the Legislative session by Gov. Jerry Brown. …

Experts: Forget Government, Companies Must Step up to Combat Cyber Threats

Don’t rely on the U.S. government to protect your business from cyber threats. That was the consensus among experts speaking about cyber programs at a risk management conference on Tuesday. “The U.S. government hasn’t done a lot to protect cyberspace,” …

Vegas Risk Management Summit Tackled Commercial Auto, Workers’ Comp And More

One reason behind continuously dismal commercial auto insurance losses is a spate of “nuclear cases” that are plaguing the industry with multi-million lawsuits. The amount of money and resources being put into the legal battlefield over commercial auto lawsuits is …

California Transit Agency Fined $220K in Worker Deaths

A Northern California judge has fined the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency $220,000 for the deaths of two workers accidentally hit by a commuter train. The two workers were killed in 2013 while inspecting a track east of San Francisco. …

Drug Pricing Transparency Law Signed by California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed state legislation requiring drug companies to report certain price hikes for prescription medicines in a move that could set a model for other states to follow. The law, which aims to provide more transparency …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends 8 Medical Providers for Fraud

The Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended eight more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 46. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of …

Insurtech Pie Insurance Eyes Slice of Workers’ Comp Market with $4.3M Funding and Pricing Tool

Oddly-named Pie Insurance took an initial step toward entering the workers’ compensation insurance market at the InsureTech Connect conference in Las Vegas by introducing an interactive pricing tool for small and medium-sized businesses. The pricing tool is the first step …

Washington and Seattle Become Latest Governments to Sue Opioid Makers

Washington state and the city of Seattle on Thursday joined more than two dozen other government entities across the country suing to hold opioid makers accountable for an addiction crisis that has claimed thousands of lives. The governments hope to …

Directors for Hawaii Workers’ Comp Insurer HEMIC Declare $3.5M Dividend

The board of directors of Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company Inc. has declared a $3.5 million dividend payable to qualifying policyholders. This is $500,000 dollars more than HEMIC’s dividend last year, and is the 11th consecutive year that the HEMIC …

California Workers’ Comp Division Suspends 6 Medical Providers for Fraud

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended six more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 38. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of …