Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326744.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:29:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326744 Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

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Dovetail Insurance Expands Workers Comp Product to Five Additional States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/04/16/326661.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:14:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326661 Dovetail Insurance, a supplier of cloud-based insurance product delivery services, has expanded its NetComp workers’ compensation insurance to independent agents in Virginia, and will also be adding Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Connecticut before the end of April.  As part of …

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Aflac Claims Workers’ Compensation Claims Drop for Firms Offering Accident, Disability Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/04/02/325118.htm Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:23:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325118 A high percentage —  42 percent on average — of all companies providing access to voluntary accident and disability insurance report declines in their workers’ compensation claims, according to the results of an online survey released by Aflac, a leading …

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NYS Comp Board, Comic Tina Fey’s Reps Clear Up Workers’ Comp Issue http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/04/01/325028.htm Wed, 02 Apr 2014 03:46:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325028 The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board had filed a $79,000 judgment against comic Tina Fey on March 20 for an alleged “failure to carry workers’ comp ins.,” for a period from Nov. 20, 2012, to Feb. 02, 2014, according …

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Penn. Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates to Decline for Some Employers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/04/01/324945.htm Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:40:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324945 The Pennsylvania Departments of Insurance and Labor & Industry on Monday announced a 5.15 percent workers’ compensation rate reduction, effective April 1. The officials said the reduction would save millions of dollars for many Pennsylvania employers. The rate reduction is …

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1 in 10 Small Businesses Report Workers Under Influence of Alcohol, Drugs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/28/324692.htm Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:04:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324692 One in 10 small businesses had employees show up for work last year while under the influence of at least one controlled substance. Small-business owners reported that alcohol, marijuana and prescription painkillers were the most common substances employees used, according …

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Backers Drop Arizona Legislation On Workers’ Comp Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/27/324590.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:45:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324590 Business-backed legislation to prohibit workers from filing lawsuits alleging they were unfairly denied workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries is going nowhere at the Arizona Legislature. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, supporters of the legislation decided to shelve it …

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Mass. DOI Reaches Settlement to Keep Workers’ Comp Rates at Current Levels http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/21/323993.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:33:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323993 The Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) announced Friday it has reached a settlement with the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau (WCRIB) and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office to keep the state’s workers’ comp rates at current levels. The WCRIB …

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Mass. Biz Owner Charged in Connection With Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/20/323832.htm Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:59:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323832 Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced a Lowell, Mass., businessman has been indicted on charges he failed to accurately report his total payroll and number of employees and understated the number of jobs associated with his business to avoid paying thousands …

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NFL Settles Dallas Cowboys Stadium Worker’s Injury Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/20/323802.htm Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:14:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323802 The NFL says it has settled a lawsuit with a worker injured by ice and snow that fell from the roof of the Dallas Cowboys stadium during the week before the 2011 Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the …

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Ohio Ranks 2nd in Job Gains for January http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/19/323732.htm Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:50:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323732 The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions. The January state employment report says 23 states reported more hiring for that month, while 27 said that the number …

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Small Workers’ Comp Carrier Exits California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/18/323645.htm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:23:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323645 Public Service Mutual Insurance Co.’s exit from California’s workers’ compensation market isn’t a reflection of the health of the state’s workers’ comp system, according to the California Department of Insurance. The workers’ comp carrier is part of the Magna Carta …

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Conn. Legislators Propose Workers’ Comp Coverage for Mental Trauma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/13/323189.htm Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:34:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323189 The Newtown, Conn., Police officer who has not yet returned to work since the 2012 school massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder urged Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover the condition. Thomas Bean, …

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Workers’ Comp Needs to Catch Up with Healthcare Changes: Economist Gruber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/12/323153.htm Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:18:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323153 Workers’ compensation must align itself with the rest of the changing healthcare system to avoid increased cost-shifting by workers and medical providers, according to an economist involved in the Massachusetts and Obama administration healthcare reforms. Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics …

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State Supreme Court Upholds Mutualization of Oklahoma’s CompSource http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/12/323095.htm Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:20:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323095 The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a plan to convert the state workers’ compensation insurance provider into a mutual company. The state’s highest court handed down a decision on March 11 that affirms legislation adopted last year to convert CompSource …

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Alaska Timber Insurance Exchange Gives $2.2M Dividend http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/11/323029.htm Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:47:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323029 The Board of Governors of the Alaska Timber Insurance Exchange, a policyholder-owned workers’ compensation insurance company, announced a $2.2 million dividend is being paid to its members. The dividend represents roughly 33 percent of ATIE’s 2013 direct premiums and it …

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Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp Reform May Fall Short http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/07/322750.htm Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:51:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322750 California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working for the most part, but some of the savings may not materialize thanks to pressure on the system, according to Dave Bellusci, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief actuary at the …

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Williams Appointed Texas Regional VP for Patriot National Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/06/322420.htm Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:05:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322420 Florida-based workers’ compensation insurance provider, Patriot National Insurance Group Inc., appointed Colin B. Williams as Texas regional vice president. Williams will oversee all marketing and underwriting responsibilities for the company’s Texas region, and will be based at Patriot’s Texas regional …

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Western N.Y. Man Accused of Faking Disability to Get Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/04/322134.htm Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:32:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322134 A western New York man says he’s been wrongly accused of faking a disability to obtain $9,000 a month in veterans’ and workers’ compensation benefits. Federal prosecutors in western New York announced fraud charges Feb. 28 against Richard Klaffka, of …

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Wage, Workers’ Comp Issues Halt Construction of UConn Athletic Facility http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/28/321834.htm Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:38:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321834 Two companies were ordered to stop work on the University of Connecticut’s new basketball training facility after a surprise inspection found workers were being paid in cash, allegedly to avoid paying taxes and workers’ compensation, a state official said Tuesday. …

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Ohio Bottler Fined Nearly $87K for Repeat Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/25/321499.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:48:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321499 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. for seven workplace health and safety violations at its plant in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. The citation includes proposed penalties of $86,900. OSHA reported that …

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Louisiana Company Fined $91K for Safety, Health Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/25/321497.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:42:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321497 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious safety and health violations at the Oakdale, La., facility. The citations stem from an August 2013 chemical fire in …

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California Senator Pleads Not Guilty In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/25/321468.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:48:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321468 State Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he accepted $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing legislation, charges that could send him to federal prison for years. Calderon, a member of a powerful Democratic political …

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Former California State Fund Executive Fined for Conflict of Interest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/21/321272.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:23:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321272 A former top executive at California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has admitted to charges of a conflict of interest in awarding contacts to a software firm while he was at State Fund, it was made public on Friday by the …

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Delaware Approves 14% Hike in Workers’ Comp Voluntary Market Loss Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/21/321256.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:56:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321256 Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart announced today that she has approved the re-submission of the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau (DCRB) workers’ compensation rate filing regarding the residual market rate and the voluntary market loss cost. The commissioner and Ratepayer …

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Maine Approves 7.7% Decrease in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/21/321191.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:23:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321191 Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage and Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa announced Thursday that the Bureau of Insurance has approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.’s (NCCI) 2014 loss cost for Maine, filed earlier this month, which proposed a premium …

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Texas Likely to Become an ‘NCCI State’ for Workers’ Comp; Question Is – When? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/20/321121.htm Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:49:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321121 Texas will be privatizing many functions in its workers’ compensation system if a staff petition to adopt the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) Basic Manual, with Texas exceptions, and the national and Texas-specific endorsements and forms in the NCCI …

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Conn. Lawmakers Propose Workers’ Comp Expansion for PTSD Coverage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/20/320976.htm Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:00:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320976 Some Connecticut lawmakers have resurrected a proposal from last year to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover employees who’ve suffered an emotional or mental impairment after witnessing a traumatic death or maiming while on the job. Similar legislation …

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Patriot National, Stonewood Partner on Healthcare Program in Midwest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/18/320656.htm Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:14:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320656 Patriot National Insurance Group Inc., a workers’ compensation insurer based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has a new partnership with Stonewood National Insurance Co. for a healthcare industry program in the Midwest. Under the partnership arrangement, Patriot will write workers’ compensation …

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Missouri Bill Would Create Online Database for Workers’ Comp Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/17/320602.htm Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:54:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320602 An online database of workers’ compensation claims would be created under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate. Under the measure, businesses could provide a potential employee’s name and Social Security number to identify the date of workers’ compensation claims and …

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