workers’ compensation News

California DIR Releases Overview of Upcoming New Laws

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released its 2016 Legislative Digest, which summarizes new laws that impact workers and employers. Most of the chaptered bills are slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Highlights those new laws include: …

Wisconsin Company Cited in Teen’s Machine Shop Death

A federal workplace safety agency has cited a Wisconsin company after a teenage worker was fatally injured at a machine shop. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Tuesday it has issued multiple safety and health violations against G.D. …

Study Shows Growth in Virginia’s Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim

Virginia’s medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time increased 26 percent for claims that occurred between 2009 and 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This growth …

Workers’ Comp Rates in Missouri Expected to Drop Again

Employers in Missouri should see a continued decrease in workers’ compensation insurance costs. The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.6 percent decrease in workers’ comp insurance loss costs for 2017. This would mark the third year in a …

South Central Regulation Report Card: Texas’ Grade Rises, Arkansas’ Drops

No South Central state had the best score and none had the worst in a report recently released by a conservative-leaning research organization that annually assesses the effectiveness states’ insurance regulatory systems. Grades assigned to the insurance regulatory systems in …

Midwest Regulation Report Card: States’ Grades Range from A to D

Grades assigned to the insurance regulatory systems in the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin range from A to D in a report recently released by a conservative-leaning …

Work-Related Fatalities in Minnesota Rose 12% in 2015

The number of work-related fatalities in Minnesota last year was up 12 percent from the recent five-year average. The state Department of Labor and Industry says there were 74 work-related fatalities in 2015, up from 62 the previous year and …

Study: Cumulative Trauma Claims in California Comp Affected by Attorneys

A new study on California’s workers’ compensation system finds a “strong association” between attorney involvement and the high cost of cumulative trauma claims. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute study looks at CT claims and identifies characteristics that differentiate CT claims …

California Worker Fatalities up in 2015, Report Shows

There were more workplace fatalities in California in 2015 compared with the prior year, but worker deaths are below the average rate of fatalities prior to the recession, according to a California Department of Industrial Relations issued today. The report shows …

California Workers’ Comp Division Files Medical Fee Schedule Amendment

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has adopted and filed an amendment to the official medical fee schedule hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers section with the Secretary of State. The amended regulation institutes a payment model in which the …