workers’ compensation News

1 in 10 Small Businesses Report Workers Under Influence of Alcohol, Drugs

One in 10 small businesses had employees show up for work last year while under the influence of at least one controlled substance. Small-business owners reported that alcohol, marijuana and prescription painkillers were the most common substances employees used, according …

Backers Drop Arizona Legislation On Workers’ Comp Benefits

Business-backed legislation to prohibit workers from filing lawsuits alleging they were unfairly denied workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries is going nowhere at the Arizona Legislature. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, supporters of the legislation decided to shelve it …

Mass. DOI Reaches Settlement to Keep Workers’ Comp Rates at Current Levels

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) announced Friday it has reached a settlement with the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau (WCRIB) and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office to keep the state’s workers’ comp rates at current levels. The WCRIB …

Mass. Biz Owner Charged in Connection With Workers’ Comp Fraud

Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced a Lowell, Mass., businessman has been indicted on charges he failed to accurately report his total payroll and number of employees and understated the number of jobs associated with his business to avoid paying thousands …

NFL Settles Dallas Cowboys Stadium Worker’s Injury Suit

The NFL says it has settled a lawsuit with a worker injured by ice and snow that fell from the roof of the Dallas Cowboys stadium during the week before the 2011 Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the …

Ohio Ranks 2nd in Job Gains for January

The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions. The January state employment report says 23 states reported more hiring for that month, while 27 said that the number …

Small Workers’ Comp Carrier Exits California

Public Service Mutual Insurance Co.’s exit from California’s workers’ compensation market isn’t a reflection of the health of the state’s workers’ comp system, according to the California Department of Insurance. The workers’ comp carrier is part of the Magna Carta …

Conn. Legislators Propose Workers’ Comp Coverage for Mental Trauma

The Newtown, Conn., Police officer who has not yet returned to work since the 2012 school massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder urged Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover the condition. Thomas Bean, …

Workers’ Comp Needs to Catch Up with Healthcare Changes: Economist Gruber

Workers’ compensation must align itself with the rest of the changing healthcare system to avoid increased cost-shifting by workers and medical providers, according to an economist involved in the Massachusetts and Obama administration healthcare reforms. Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics …

State Supreme Court Upholds Mutualization of Oklahoma’s CompSource

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a plan to convert the state workers’ compensation insurance provider into a mutual company. The state’s highest court handed down a decision on March 11 that affirms legislation adopted last year to convert CompSource …