workers’ compensation News

Work Comp: Extraterritoriality and Reci-What? Isn’t the Worker Covered Wherever He Goes?

Beyond knowing where employees regularly work, agents must know where employees might work during the policy period – even temporarily. Workers’ compensation coverage gaps or the complete loss of protection are possible if employees are conducting operations on behalf of …

California Saw $600M in Workers’ Comp Liens Filed by Convicted Providers

The California Department of Industrial Relations announced that $600 million in liens were filed against injured employees’ claims for workers’ compensation benefits by convicted or criminally indicted parties from 2011 through 2015. California’s workers’ comp law allows certain claims for …

New York Court Rules in Favor of Injured Electrician Seeking Recovery From Employer

A New York court has ruled in favor of an electrician seeking recovery of unsatisfied judgment from his employer and its insurance company after being injured on the job. Pramendra Persaud was injured after falling off of a balcony while …

Fitch Ups Liberty Mutual’s Ratings Outlook

Liberty Mutual Group’s ratings outlook has been bumped up to positive from stable at Fitch Ratings, reflecting an acknowledgment of improved operating performance. Fitch also affirmed the financial strength ratings of Liberty Mutual and its subsidiaries at ‘A-‘ and its …

North Dakota Lawmaker Questions Reserves in Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Plans

A state representative from North Dakota, who serves on the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Committee at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), says he’s concerned about reserves for paying claims in workers’ compensation opt-out plans. During a July 2016 meeting …

Texas Manufacturer Faces $99K in Penalties Over Workplace Hazards

A Texas-based pre-cast concrete structure manufacturer has been cited by federal safety officials for 17 repeat, serious workplace safety violations and faces penalties totaling $99, 248. The Turner Company LLP was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on …

Illinois Medical Marijuana Program Grows, Sales Climb

Illinois officials posted new forms this week for doctors and patients in the state’s medical marijuana program to reflect changes in the law, and announced that July retail sales reached a new high at $2.9 million. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed …

Houston Tortilla Factory Fined Nearly $107K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety officials have proposed penalties of $106,700 against a Houston tortilla factory over unsafe conditions at the company’s workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an investigation at the Houston Heights location of La …

North Dakota Company Faces $104K in Penalties for April Worker Injury

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a LaMoure, N.D., company for an incident that injured a worker. OSHA says a worker at the Larson Grain Co.’s facility in Fredonia suffered multiple cuts in an April incident involving an …

Texas Air Liquide Plant Cited for Workplace Safety Violations

Federal safety officials have cited Air Liquide Large Industries US LP for workplace health and safety violations at the company’s plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration assessed penalties totaling $77,000. The agency cited …