workers’ compensation News

Workers’ Comp Study: California Reforms Lowered Medical Payments Per Claim

A study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute indicates some benefits were had from California’s workers’ compensation reform bill. This WCRI 15th edition of the CompScope’ Benchmarks study tracks the provisions of Senate Bill 863, which sent into effect Jan. …

California Workers’ Comp Premium Up 11% in 2014; Combined Ratio Still Exceeds 100

California written premium for calendar year 2014 was roughly $16.5 billion, 11 percent above the total in 2013 and 88 percent above the written premium reported for 2009, according to a report from the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau …

Cracking Under Pressure: Answers to the Workers’ Compensation Quiz

We gave you the questions on Friday; you have had all weekend to ponder your responses. Here are the answers for which you have been waiting. Good luck, we hope you do well.   1. What country was the first …

Home Builders Safety Group Earns $117,226 Texas Mutual Dividend

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced it awarded a dividend of $117,226 to the Texas Home Builders (THB) safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore …

Cracking Under the Pressure of Workers’ Compensation: Testing Your Workers’ Compensation Knowledge

Test your knowledge of workers’ compensation by answering 21 questions covering the most important workers’ compensation facts and concepts. A wide array of work comp-specific topics is tested in this article: What makes an injury compensable; What is the “coming …

NCCI Named Plan Administrator for Tennessee Workers Comp Insurance Plan

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has chosen the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) as the new plan administrator for the Tennessee Workers Compensation Insurance Plan (TWCIP). Beginning with policies effective July 1, 2015, NCCI will administer …

CDI: True Religion Subcontractor Underreported $78M in Payroll

The owners of sewing companies subcontracted by True Religion Brand Jeans were arrested this week on 18 felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud totaling more than $11 million in losses. Businesses Sung Hyun Kim, 57, and her sister Caroline …

Washington Contractor Hit for $1M in Workers’ Comp Premiums and Penalties

A former drywall contractor in Walla Walla, Wash. must pay more than $1 million in delinquent workers’ compensation premiums and penalties. The Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals recently held Shawn A. Campbell and his spouse personally liable for …

Audit Problems Leading to Additional Premiums

Let’s dispense with the niceties and all attempts to eloquently ease into a discussion on the troubles surrounding workers’ compensation audits. Rather let’s jump right into the problem — assignment of “employee” status to non-employees. This is not the only …

NGM Insurance Brings Expanded Work Comp Program to Vermont

The Main Street America Group’s NGM Insurance Co. has introduced an expanded workers’ compensation program in Vermont via its network of independent insurance agents across the state. NGM’s expanded workers’ compensation product considers 10 characteristics that impact company placement, including …