Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:01:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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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All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/30/333338.htm Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:58:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333338 Danielle Julien has been hired by wholesaler All Risks Ltd. as a workers’ compensation brokerage underwriter located in San Diego, Calif. Julien will write workers’ compensation business with retail agents in California, Arizona and Nevada. Julien has eight years of …

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Safety Is Paramount for Texas Mutual CEO Gergasko http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/25/332904.htm Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332904 Richard Gergasko, CEO of workers’ compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., describes himself as an insurance geek. Trained as an actuary, he’s been involved in the insurance business for 30 years. With Texas Mutual since February 2013, Gergasko previously worked …

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Kansas Court: Travel ‘Intrinsic’ to Oil Field Work, Comp Benefits Apply http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/19/332494.htm Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:51:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332494 Kansas highest court reversed a state appeals court finding that an oil field worker was not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after he was injured while riding home from his workplace. The nature of oil field work, where an employee …

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Top Loss Leaders in the Oil Patch? Commercial Auto, Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/18/332164.htm Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:40:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332164 There’s no doubt that new advancements in the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are driving the current production boom in the oil patch. The technique, which is used to retrieve oil and gas reservoirs that previously were inaccessible via …

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Wisconsin Company Faces $449K Fine for Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/13/331797.htm Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:03:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331797 A federal safety agency has proposed fining a Wisconsin company more than $449,000 for allegedly failing to adequately protect workers from hazardous chemicals. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Fontarome Chemical Inc. of St. Francis for 23 alleged …

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Safety National Introduces Safety First Grant Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/06/06/331278.htm Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:56:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331278 Safety National Casualty Corp., a provider of excess workers’ compensation and large casualty offerings, has introduced the Safety First Grant Program. This dollar-for-dollar matching grant will reimburse one policyholder up to $10,000 for a creative program designed to reduce the …

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Eastern Alliance Insurance Promotes Lengner to Lead Midwest Region http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/03/330929.htm Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:31:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330929 Eastern Alliance Insurance Group (EAIG) has promoted Chad Lengner to regional business executive in its Midwest territory. EAIG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ProAssurance Corp., is a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation insurance. Lengner, who previously served as …

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Patriot Underwriters Partners with Scottsdale to Offer Workers Comp Coverage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/06/02/330749.htm Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:02:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330749 Patriot Underwriters, Inc. (PUI), a provider of workers’ compensation insurance products headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has partnered with Scottsdale Insurance Co. to serve as a program administrator with defined underwriting and claims responsibility.  This program, which focuses on most …

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New Orleans Saints’ Workers’ Comp Bill Dies in Legislature http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/29/330363.htm Thu, 29 May 2014 15:38:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330363 Louisiana state lawmakers are getting out of a dispute between New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and the NFL team’s players about how to handle workers’ compensation claims for professional athletes. Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, said he’s shelving the workers’ …

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Massachusetts Carpenters’ Union Goes After Water Park Developer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/05/28/330209.htm Wed, 28 May 2014 16:37:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330209 Unionized carpenters in Massachusetts want the state to rescind a 20-year tax increment financing deal to the developer of a water park and resort in Fitchburg, Mass. The New England Regional Council of Carpenters says Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge failed …

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New California State Fund CEO Steiner Has Ties to Zenith, WCRI http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/27/330123.htm Tue, 27 May 2014 19:02:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330123 The State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors on Tuesday named Vernon Steiner as the new president and CEO of California’s largest workers’ compensation provider. The appointment is on a four-year contract with an annual salary of $450,000 plus a …

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Mid-2015 Target For Alaska Workers’ Comp Changes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/27/330107.htm Tue, 27 May 2014 16:33:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330107 A new method of paying medical fees for injured workers under Alaska’s workers’ compensation program won’t be in place until mid-2015, and it will take more time for insurance companies to judge any effects on lowering costs so that adjustments …

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Louisiana Senators Side with Saints Owner in Workers’ Comp Dispute http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/27/330061.htm Tue, 27 May 2014 15:35:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330061 Senators on the labor committee have narrowly sided with New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson over the NFL players in a dispute about how workers’ compensation claims for professional athletes should be calculated. The bill by Rep. Chris Broadwater, pushed …

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Report: N.Y. Private Sector Occupational Injuries Cost Economy $10.9B in 2010-12 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/05/22/329891.htm Thu, 22 May 2014 16:59:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329891 Private sector occupational injuries in New York cost the state economy $10.9 billion between 2010 and 2012, according to a report released this month from the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The report, titled “Aim Higher: New York Should Reform …

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Data Show Rising Workers’ Comp Medical Costs in New Hampshire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/05/22/329847.htm Thu, 22 May 2014 16:43:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329847 In the world of workers’ compensation, the fees charged by the health care community are significantly more expensive on average in New Hampshire than in other states, according to the New Hampshire insurance department. “Medical costs in New Hampshire have …

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New Mexico Court: Insurer to Pay for Injured Worker’s Medical MJ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/21/329772.htm Wed, 21 May 2014 16:30:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329772 The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a worker’s employer and its insurer must pay for medical marijuana for treating the employee’s chronic pain from a job-related back injury. The court on Monday upheld a decision by a …

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Lawmakers Tour Refurbed Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Building http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/21/329759.htm Wed, 21 May 2014 16:14:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329759 Several state House members toured the newly renovated headquarters of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. About a half dozen Republican members on Tuesday visited the renovated third-floor of the Denver Davison Building in Oklahoma City where the commission is now housed. …

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R.I. Approves WC Advisory Loss Costs Increase of 2.5% for Industrial Classes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/05/19/329567.htm Mon, 19 May 2014 16:59:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329567 Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation, Insurance Division, on May 15 approved a +2.5 percent overall increase in advisory loss costs for workers’ compensation for industrial classes and an overall increase of +5.4 percent for “F” classes. The approved increases …

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Saints-Backed Bill Draws Warning Flag From Players Association http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/19/329561.htm Mon, 19 May 2014 16:46:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329561 The NFL Players Association is asking player agents to warn clients that signing with the New Orleans Saints could subject them to unfavorable workers’ compensation benefits. In an email Friday, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said union officials believe agents should …

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