workers’ compensation News

Female Bank Robbery Conspirator Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud

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 …

St. Louis Propane Truck Explosion Injures 6 Workers

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 …

OSHA: Safety Violations Continue at Oklahoma Oil Refinery

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 …

Virginia Sets Hearing on Workers’ Comp Premium Level Adjustments

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 …

Baton Rouge-Area Among Top Gainers for New Construction Jobs

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 …

Illinois Workers’ Comp Rate Set to Fall in 2015

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 …

Dhandho Acquiring Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance

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 …

Louisiana Private, Non-Farm Employment at All-Time High

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 …

Employee Wins Comp Benefits in N.Y. After Run-In With Co-Worker’s Husband

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. …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

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 …