workers’ compensation News

DIR: California’s Alternative Security Program Frees $7.5B for Businesses

Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker has approved the implementation of the 2014/15 Alternative Security Program, which DIR says frees $7.54 billion in working capital and provides self-insured California businesses greater financial flexibility. The ASP, operated by the California Self Insurers’ Security Fund with …

All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter

Danielle Julien has been hired by wholesaler All Risks Ltd. as a workers’ compensation brokerage underwriter located in San Diego, Calif. Julien will write workers’ compensation business with retail agents in California, Arizona and Nevada. Julien has eight years of …

Safety Is Paramount for Texas Mutual CEO Gergasko

Richard Gergasko, CEO of workers’ compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., describes himself as an insurance geek. Trained as an actuary, he’s been involved in the insurance business for 30 years. With Texas Mutual since February 2013, Gergasko previously worked …

Kansas Court: Travel ‘Intrinsic’ to Oil Field Work, Comp Benefits Apply

Kansas highest court reversed a state appeals court finding that an oil field worker was not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after he was injured while riding home from his workplace. The nature of oil field work, where an employee …

Top Loss Leaders in the Oil Patch? Commercial Auto, Workers’ Comp

There’s no doubt that new advancements in the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are driving the current production boom in the oil patch. The technique, which is used to retrieve oil and gas reservoirs that previously were inaccessible via …

Wisconsin Company Faces $449K Fine for Safety Violations

A federal safety agency has proposed fining a Wisconsin company more than $449,000 for allegedly failing to adequately protect workers from hazardous chemicals. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Fontarome Chemical Inc. of St. Francis for 23 alleged …

Safety National Introduces Safety First Grant Program

Safety National Casualty Corp., a provider of excess workers’ compensation and large casualty offerings, has introduced the Safety First Grant Program. This dollar-for-dollar matching grant will reimburse one policyholder up to $10,000 for a creative program designed to reduce the …

Eastern Alliance Insurance Promotes Lengner to Lead Midwest Region

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group (EAIG) has promoted Chad Lengner to regional business executive in its Midwest territory. EAIG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ProAssurance Corp., is a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation insurance. Lengner, who previously served as …

Patriot Underwriters Partners with Scottsdale to Offer Workers Comp Coverage

Patriot Underwriters, Inc. (PUI), a provider of workers’ compensation insurance products headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has partnered with Scottsdale Insurance Co. to serve as a program administrator with defined underwriting and claims responsibility.  This program, which focuses on most …

New Orleans Saints’ Workers’ Comp Bill Dies in Legislature

Louisiana state lawmakers are getting out of a dispute between New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and the NFL team’s players about how to handle workers’ compensation claims for professional athletes. Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, said he’s shelving the workers’ …