workers’ compensation News

OSHA Rule Protects Construction Workers in Confined Spaces

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers already have. …

Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year

Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …

WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim in California Fell Following Reforms

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers fell by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The findings could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, …

CPro Associates Enters Texas Work Comp Nonsubscriber Market

Dallas-based insurance wholesaler CPro Associates Inc. now offers nonsubscriber plans to agents with clients that have elected to opt out of Texas workers’ compensation. CPro Associates reached an agreement with Western Heritage Insurance Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., to underwrite nonsubscriber …

California Pot Dispensary Owners Nabbed For Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owners of the Green Cactus Collective Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Palmdale, Calif., were arrested on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud. Tiffany Shorter, 26, and Jabe Satterfield, 77, failed to carry workers’ comp benefits for their employees and allegedly …

Connecticut Labor, Advocates to Honor Workers Who Died on the Job

Organized labor is marking Workers Memorial Day by calling on the Connecticut legislature to pass bills intended to improve employee safety. One measure would require the state’s Department of Administrative Services to report complaints of bullying or abusive conduct among …

Louisiana Labor Force, Employment Increase

Louisiana’s overall labor force and the number of those employed in the labor force both grew in March, according to not seasonally adjusted data released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s civilian labor force grew by 27,906 …

Workers’ Comp Study: California Reforms Lowered Medical Payments Per Claim

A study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute indicates some benefits were had from California’s workers’ compensation reform bill. This WCRI 15th edition of the CompScope’ Benchmarks study tracks the provisions of Senate Bill 863, which sent into effect Jan. …

California Workers’ Comp Premium Up 11% in 2014; Combined Ratio Still Exceeds 100

California written premium for calendar year 2014 was roughly $16.5 billion, 11 percent above the total in 2013 and 88 percent above the written premium reported for 2009, according to a report from the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau …

Cracking Under Pressure: Answers to the Workers’ Compensation Quiz

We gave you the questions on Friday; you have had all weekend to ponder your responses. Here are the answers for which you have been waiting. Good luck, we hope you do well.   1. What country was the first …