workers’ compensation News

Alaska Workers’ Comp Reform Has Labor, Businesses Disagreeing

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is sponsoring workers’ compensation legislation aimed at making it easier to determine whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. Walker’s bill creates a new definition for independent contractors to determine if employers have to …

Vermont Lawmakers Say Businesses Should See $28M Reduction in Expenses

Vermont businesses should see a $28 million reduction in expenses this year from lower workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance costs. Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson tells the Rutland Herald the state Department of Labor projected there will be a $76 million …

BLS Report Finds New Jersey Fatal Work Injuries Increased in 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in March that fatal work injuries totaled 97 in New Jersey for the year 2015, a 10 percent increase from the previous year, according to Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli in the release. …

California Workers’ Comp Report Looks at Spinal Fusion Claims

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

Pinnacol Issues $50M in Workers’ Comp Dividends to Colorado Employers

Colorado workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance is distributing $50 million in dividend checks this month to its policyholders. More than 53,000 employers throughout the state — roughly 94.2 percent of the company’s policyholders — will receive a dividend in recognition …

California Workers Comp Medical Review Volume Hit a Record in 2016

The California workers’ compensation independent medical review process used to resolve medical disputes found that in 2016 IMR physicians once again upheld about 90 percent of utilization review physician’s modifications or denials of treatment, yet IMR volume climbed 6.5 percent …

CDI Issues Directive on New Workers’ Comp Law Pertaining to Excluded Employees

The California Department of Insurance has notified the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of its concern that some insurers may be in violation of Assembly Bill 2883. This law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, excludes an officer or …

Convicted Ohio Burglar Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Cincinnati man serving time in an Indiana prison for burglary got a short break from prison March 9, but only to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in an Ohio courtroom, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported. John …

Houston Fire Chief: Recommit to Safety After Firefighter Death

The Houston fire chief says the recent death of a firefighter from injuries he suffered four years ago must spur a renewed commitment to firefighter safety to avoid future fatalities. Chief Samuel Pena spoke at a memorial service for retired …

Some Kansas Lawmakers Want State, not Feds, to Regulate Workplace Safety

Some Kansas lawmakers want the state to take over the job of writing and enforcing workplace regulations, despite concerns by a labor rights group that the change could water down safety oversight. Lawmakers and some business groups say a state-run …