Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 27 May 2015 17:04:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Maine’s Highest Court Upholds Workers’ Comp Fraud Conviction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/05/22/369016.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:47:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369016 Maine’s highest court is upholding the conviction of a northern Maine man convicted of collecting more than $50,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while operating an engine repair business. An Aroostook County jury convicted 63-year-old Stephen Tucker Sr. of theft in …

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Safety Officials Fine Illinois Auto Parts Company $114K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/15/368381.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:50:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368381 A Peoria, Ill., auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations that the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it …

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How On-Demand Economy Is Changing Workers’ Compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/05/15/368317.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 14:07:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368317 The workers’ compensation industry must contend with a fast-growing on-demand economy where jobs are filled via apps and more employees are temporary contractors. “Technology is changing how we think about jobs,” Dr. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute …

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Texas Construction Safety Group Gets $2.1M Dividend from Insurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/13/368082.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368082 Workers compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., recently awarded a dividend of $2,159,751 to the Texas Construction Association safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore keeping …

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Wisconsin Dairy Co-Op Cited in Grain Bin Death, Fined $193K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/13/368078.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 16:00:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368078 A federal worker safety agency is proposing a $193,000 fine against a Wisconsin dairy co-op after a man died in a grain bin in November. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 11 announced it was citing Burnett Dairy …

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California Commissioner OKs 10.2% Drop in Workers’ Comp Advisory Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/08/367414.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 16:04:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367414 Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones signed on to a recommendation by the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of an advisory pure premium rate for July that is 10.2 percent lower than those approved on Jan. 1. Jones issued his decision …

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Indiana Governor Signs Bill Repealing Construction Minimum Wage Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/08/367389.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 15:47:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367389 Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The bill will eliminate the boards that set what is known as the common construction wage that …

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Conn.’s Work Comp Second Injury Fund Assessment Rate Remains Unchanged http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/05/07/367226.htm Thu, 07 May 2015 16:58:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367226 Connecticut’s Office of the Treasurer announced that the assessment rate for the state’s Second Injury Fund will continue to remain unchanged for fiscal year 2016 which begins on July 1, 2015. The assessment rate for insurance companies is 2.75 percent …

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California Officer in Ice Bucket Video Faces Insurance Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/06/367085.htm Wed, 06 May 2015 15:52:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367085 A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury. Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police …

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Worker Killed in Incident at Fiat Chrysler Detroit Factory http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/05/366892.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 16:17:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366892 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly factory in Detroit was killed Tuesday morning while working at the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. “The company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident,” Jodi …

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OSHA Rule Protects Construction Workers in Confined Spaces http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/05/05/366867.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 13:28:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366867 The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers already have. …

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Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/04/366777.htm Mon, 04 May 2015 18:03:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366777 Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …

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WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim in California Fell Following Reforms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/30/366365.htm Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:07:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366365 The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers fell by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The findings could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, …

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CPro Associates Enters Texas Work Comp Nonsubscriber Market http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/29/366047.htm Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:44:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366047 Dallas-based insurance wholesaler CPro Associates Inc. now offers nonsubscriber plans to agents with clients that have elected to opt out of Texas workers’ compensation. CPro Associates reached an agreement with Western Heritage Insurance Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., to underwrite nonsubscriber …

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California Pot Dispensary Owners Nabbed For Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/28/365856.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:05:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365856 The owners of the Green Cactus Collective Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Palmdale, Calif., were arrested on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud. Tiffany Shorter, 26, and Jabe Satterfield, 77, failed to carry workers’ comp benefits for their employees and allegedly …

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Connecticut Labor, Advocates to Honor Workers Who Died on the Job http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/28/365837.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:41:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365837 Organized labor is marking Workers Memorial Day by calling on the Connecticut legislature to pass bills intended to improve employee safety. One measure would require the state’s Department of Administrative Services to report complaints of bullying or abusive conduct among …

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Louisiana Labor Force, Employment Increase http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/28/365828.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:01:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365828 Louisiana’s overall labor force and the number of those employed in the labor force both grew in March, according to not seasonally adjusted data released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s civilian labor force grew by 27,906 …

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Workers’ Comp Study: California Reforms Lowered Medical Payments Per Claim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/23/365503.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:44:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365503 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. …

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California Workers’ Comp Premium Up 11% in 2014; Combined Ratio Still Exceeds 100 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/20/365112.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:03:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365112 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 …

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Cracking Under Pressure: Answers to the Workers’ Compensation Quiz http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/academy-journal/2015/04/20/364463.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:00:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364463 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 …

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Home Builders Safety Group Earns $117,226 Texas Mutual Dividend http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/17/364869.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:13:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364869 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 …

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Cracking Under the Pressure of Workers’ Compensation: Testing Your Workers’ Compensation Knowledge http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/academy-journal/2015/04/17/364307.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364307 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 …

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NCCI Named Plan Administrator for Tennessee Workers Comp Insurance Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/17/364794.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:08:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364794 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 …

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CDI: True Religion Subcontractor Underreported $78M in Payroll http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/16/364742.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:13:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364742 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 …

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Washington Contractor Hit for $1M in Workers’ Comp Premiums and Penalties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/15/364497.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:30:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364497 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 …

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Audit Problems Leading to Additional Premiums http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/2015/04/15/360868.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:00:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360868 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 …

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NGM Insurance Brings Expanded Work Comp Program to Vermont http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/14/364278.htm Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:44:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364278 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 …

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Illinois Governor Looks to Reduce Worker’s Comp Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/13/364131.htm Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:07:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364131 High on the list of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s legislative priorities is reducing the amount employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance. Illinois currently ranks 7th nationwide for the highest cost per $100 of salary, according to the Oregon Department of …

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Audit Rules and Guidelines – Part I http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/2015/04/10/360863.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:00:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360863 Workers’ compensation coverage is initially priced on an estimated basis. The insured estimates payrolls (and sometimes class codes) at the beginning of the policy period for the upcoming year on which the insurance carrier charges a premium using the prescribed …

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Arizona Law Clarifies Medical Marijuana Insurance Requirements http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/09/363823.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:45:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363823 Workers’ compensation carriers and self-insurers will not be required to pay for a patient’s medical marijuana under a new bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law. The state’s more than 63,000 holders of medical marijuana cards will still be allowed …

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