workers’ compensation News

Initial Unemployment Claims Rise in Louisiana

The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 20 increased to 2,531 from the previous week’s total of 2,506. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,578 initial claims, …

Delaware Regulator Schedules Workers’ Comp Rate Hearing

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart announced that the state’s Department of Insurance has scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 12 and 13 to receive public comment on the proposed decrease in both the workers’ compensation voluntary market loss costs …

Most Popular Insurance Journal South Central Stories of 2014

Fraud, higher homeowners rates, fracking, and electronic traffic tickets are topics that drove readers to the following stories on InsuranceJournal.com in 2014. The following 10 stories led as the most popular picks by readers in the South Central region. Workers’ …

Most Popular Insurance Journal Midwest Stories of 2014

The most popular InsuranceJournal.com news stories in the Midwest ranged from groundbreaking lawsuits to research into making people safer from storms. With an understanding that stories appearing later in the year have less time to rise to the top of …

New Workers’ Comp Reimbursement Rules Take Effect In Michigan

Changes in how doctors are paid for treating some injured employees covered by workers’ compensation are expected to address the long-term use of pain relievers and help cut medical costs for Michigan job providers, according to state officials. The new …

Oregon Business Paying For Lack of Insurance

A garbage collection business that serves the Eastern Oregon community of Pilot Rock has been ordered to pay the state more than $75,000 for not providing workers’ compensation insurance. Owner and operator Randee McKague told the East Oregonian newspaper her …

Missouri Company Cited in Death of Teen Worker

A southeast Missouri construction company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 13 serious safety violations in an investigation that began after the death of a 16-year-old worker. The Southeast Missourian reports that OSHA announced the …

Terre Haute, Indiana, Area Had Nation’s 2nd-Biggest Construction Job Gain

The city of Terre Haute and surrounding areas of western Indiana had the nation’s second-highest percentage gain in construction jobs during the past year, a new analysis of job data shows. A spokesman for one state agency said the region’s …

Report Calls for More Study of N.H. Workers’ Comp Costs

A governor’s commission aimed at addressing New Hampshire’s high workers’ compensation costs recommended no significant changes to state laws in a new report and instead suggested gathering more data and continuing to study the issue. A minority of the committee …

10 Companies OK’d to Self-Insure for Workers’ Comp in Texas

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved one new Certificate of Authority to self-insure workers’ compensation claims and renewed nine such certificates. The companies receiving the certificates collectively employ approximately 33,150 employees in Texas. United Airlines Inc., Chicago, Ill., was issued a …