Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:11:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Report: 1-in-6 Construction Workers in California Part of ‘Informal Economy’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/02/339229.htm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:52:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339229 A report by the nonprofit research group Economic Roundtable released over the Labor Day holiday found that one-in-six construction workers in California fell into the state’s “informal economy,” an economy that cost the workers’ compensation market $264 million among other …

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Oklahoma Widow Awarded $503K in Contested Workers’ Comp Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/02/339207.htm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339207 The widow and son of a Bartlesville, Okla., man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that said the man was never with a fire department. Thomas Russell …

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‘Cops’ Film Crew Member Killed by Omaha Police Bullet http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339059.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:23:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339059 When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation. In the chaotic scene that …

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California Underground Economy Sweep Results in Fines, Citations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/28/338984.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:54:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338984 The California Department of Insurance on Wednesday led a statewide multi-agency sweep in which representatives visited more than 50 businesses to educate owners about their obligations to comply with insurance, licensing, workplace safety and labor laws, tax codes and regulations. …

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Kentucky Workers’ Comp Loss Costs to Decrease Overall for 9th Straight Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/27/338696.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:04:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338696 In Kentucky, workers’ compensation loss costs used by insurers in figuring rates to charge employers will show an overall decrease for the ninth straight year. Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark announced today that the state’s Department of Insurance has …

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Employment Growth Leads to Workers’ Comp Benefit, Cost Uptick http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/26/338577.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:51:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338577 Workers’ compensation benefits rose by 1.3 percent to $61.9 billion in 2012, while employer costs rose by 6.9 percent to $83.2 billion, according to a report released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy). This growth in …

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Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/26/338566.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:10:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338566 On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. That’s according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers …

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Commentary: Hopeful Outlook for Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/25/338545.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:54:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338545 As we pass the halfway point of 2014, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is relatively optimistic about the outlook for the workers’ compensation market in America. Industry costs remain largely contained. There is a reasonable expectation of some …

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NCCI Proposes Workers’ Comp Loss Costs Decrease in N.H. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/08/18/337903.htm Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:05:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337903 The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently delivered a workers’ compensation loss cost filing to the New Hampshire Insurance Department. NCCI said that based upon its review of the most recently available data, it has proposed for New Hampshire …

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Oil Boom Drawing Teachers Away from Texas School Districts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/14/337567.htm Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:32:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337567 A Texas school district is scrambling to prepare for the upcoming school year after the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom led to staffing problems. The Alice Independent School District still has to fill 21 teaching positions before classes start in …

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NYS Comp Board Vice Chair’s Laptop, Phones Seized: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/08/12/337403.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:13:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337403 Agents from the office of New York Attorney General and the FBI last week seized documents, a laptop and cell phones belonging to Frances Libous, vice chair of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and wife of New York …

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Texas Plastics Plant Hit with $174K Fine for Safety and Health Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/12/337381.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:35:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337381 Plastic Systems LLC in El Paso, Texas, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 21 safety and health violations, including six repeat, for failing to develop adequate lockout/tagout procedures to control the unexpected startup of …

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Female Bank Robbery Conspirator Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/11/337311.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:24:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337311 Aurora Barrera, 33, of Downey was arrested on charges related to her allegedly submitting a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder associated with a robbery, she assisted in staging – at a bank where she worked …

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St. Louis Propane Truck Explosion Injures 6 Workers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/11/337272.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:34:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337272 A worker at a St. Louis truck terminal was in critical condition on Aug. 8 after a propane tank explosion that injured him and five co-workers. The explosion happened the previous night at a trucking terminal near downtown operated by …

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OSHA: Safety Violations Continue at Oklahoma Oil Refinery http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/06/336955.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:37:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336955 U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Oklahoma oil refinery with five repeat and three serious violations for continuing to expose workers to unsafe conditions. As a result, OSHA imposed a fine of $184,800 on …

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Virginia Sets Hearing on Workers’ Comp Premium Level Adjustments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/08/06/336927.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:16:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336927 Virginia’s State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled an October hearing to consider a request filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) to adjust the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance. NCCI has proposed a decrease in …

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Baton Rouge-Area Among Top Gainers for New Construction Jobs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/01/336540.htm Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336540 Large amounts of construction in the Baton Rouge, La.-area has led the region to be named among the top gainers in the nation for new construction jobs. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the recognition was announced on July 30 in a report …

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Illinois Workers’ Comp Rate Set to Fall in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/01/336537.htm Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:28:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336537 Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state’s workers’ compensation insurance rates will drop 5.5 percent next year. Quinn announced the cut in rates is being recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, which annually reviews payments and fees and …

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Dhandho Acquiring Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/31/336332.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:44:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336332 Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance Holding Co. announced it has agreed to be acquired by Dhandho Holdings LP and Dhandho Holdings Qualified Purchaser LP, based in Irvine, Calif. Stonetrust is a Louisiana-based mutual insurance holding company and the parent company of …

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Louisiana Private, Non-Farm Employment at All-Time High http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/24/335728.htm Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335728 The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state in June set records for both private sector and total nonfarm employment, according to seasonally adjusted employment data released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private sector employment reached a record 1,635,600 …

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Employee Wins Comp Benefits in N.Y. After Run-In With Co-Worker’s Husband http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/18/335271.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:28:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335271 A former manager at a New York supermarket is due workers’ compensation benefits for his preexisting post-traumatic stress disorder condition, which was exacerbated during his employment because of threatening conduct by a co-worker’s husband, a New York appellate court ruled. …

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California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/17/335151.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:45:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335151 Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …

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N.Y. DFS Disapproves NYCIRB’s +6.8% Loss Cost Level Change Filing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/17/335087.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:57:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335087 The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) announced in a bulletin yesterday that the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued an opinion and decision letter disapproving the +6.8 percent workers’ compensation loss cost level change filed with …

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Texas Shipyard Faces $305K in OSHA Penalties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/15/334648.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:50:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334648 Texas-based Sterling Shipyard LP has been cited for 16 serious, repeat and failure-to-abate violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for continuing to expose workers to safety hazards, including dangerous machinery, high noise levels without …

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Illinois Towns See Medical Marijuana as New Job Source http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334385.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:31:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334385 The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The …

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Top Wages in North Dakota in Oil Producing Counties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/10/334257.htm Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:18:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334257 Job Service North Dakota data show counties that produced oil last year held nine of the top 10 spots in average annual wages. Research analyst Michael Ziesch says North Dakota’s average annual wage increased about 4 percent last year to …

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New York State Insurance Fund Celebrating Its 100th Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/09/334102.htm Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:10:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334102 The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), a New York State agency established to provide a guaranteed source of workers’ compensation insurance coverage, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this month. NYSIF announced that July 1, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary …

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12 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers’ Comp in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/09/334119.htm Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:04:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334119 The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved 12 renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers’ compensation claims for a one-year period under the DWC Self-Insurance Program. These companies collectively employ approximately 36,678 employees in …

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Delays in Thousands of Oklahoma Worker Comp Cases From Court Move http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/07/333930.htm Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:45:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333930 Hearings for thousands of injured workers will be delayed this month while the state’s workers compensation system is split into two agencies – each with its own staff, offices and equipment. Scheduled hearings in the system’s Tulsa and Oklahoma City …

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DIR: California’s Alternative Security Program Frees $7.5B for Businesses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/02/333652.htm Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:23:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333652 Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker has approved the implementation of the 2014/15 Alternative Security Program, which DIR says frees $7.54 billion in working capital and provides self-insured California businesses greater financial flexibility. The ASP, operated by the California Self Insurers’ Security Fund with …

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