workers’ compensation News

West Virginia House Clears Reform Bill for Deliberate Intent Lawsuit Protections

The GOP-led West Virginia House of Delegates voted 59-38 Tuesday to scale back deliberate intent lawsuit protections. When there’s a known unsafe working condition that hurts or kills someone, the lawsuits are available, in addition to making workers’ compensation claims. …

Farmers Settles Suit with Radiological Firms Over Alleged Billing Fraud

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Farmers Insurance Exchange has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving alleged billing fraud by two radiological companies and their owners. The complaint alleges that two radiological corporations and their owners submitted false and misleading documentation to receive …

Poll Says Small Businesses Foster Sedentary Work Environment

Workplace wellness doesn’t seem to be all that high on the list for small businesses, where getting employees active and moving seems to be taking a back seat to other priorities. A poll designed to find out how much small …

Feds: Ohio Workplace Fatalities on the Rise

Workplace fatalities have been rising in Ohio, and federal officials cite lack of attention to safe work practices and training and the existence of younger and newer manufacturing and construction workforces. There had been an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents …

Insurer: Oklahoma Jazz Museum’s Workers’ Comp Debt Is Paid

A major insurer who had the financially shaky Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on the hook for around $11,200 a couple weeks ago after the museum failed to pay its workers’ compensation premium on time now says the debt’s been …

Main Street America Expands Workers’ Compensation Program in Georgia, North Carolina

The Main Street America Group  has introduced an expanded workers’ compensation program through its independent insurance agents in Georgia and North Carolina. According to Dan Gaynor, vice president and head of commercial lines, the expanded coverage options and pricing levels …

Cotnoir Named VP, Large Casualty at Safety National

Steve Cotnoir has been appointed vice president – large casualty at St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. In his new role, Cotnoir will be responsible for leading large casualty field underwriting operations for several strategic regional office territories, including …

California State Fund Files April 1 Rating Plan

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has filed for a 9 percent increase in collectible premium that will apply to new and renewal workers’ compensation policies effective on or after April 1. Although the rate plan is designed to generate an …

New Mexico Bill Would Reduce Benefits If Workers Are High

A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce workers’ compensation in cases when an employee’s death or injury results from being drunk or high on the job. Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Logan said being under the influence …

California Judge Questions Lyft’s Refusal to Pay Drivers as Employees

Lyft Inc.’s practice of treating drivers as independent contractors was questioned by a federal judge who said that under California law they may be considered employees who would qualify for minimum wage and other benefits. A lawsuit by Lyft drivers …