workers’ compensaton News

Maryland’s IWIF to Convert to Private, Not-for-Profit Insurer on Oct. 1

On Oct. 1, IWIF, Maryland’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance, will launch a new name and corporate structure as a private, not-for-profit company. As a result of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2012, IWIF will become …

Florida Judge: 104-Week Limit on Temporary Disability Benefits Unconstitutional

A Florida district court judge’s ruling that declared unconstitutional a 104-week limitation on injured workers’ temporary benefits has left insurers and employers scrambling to come up with a legislative solution as the state’s 60-day legislative session began this week. The …

Virginia Approves Changes to Workers’ Comp Premium Levels

Virginia’s State Corporation Commission (SCC) announced on Jan. 8 that the commission has approved revisions to the premium levels charged for the state’s workers’ compensation insurance. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) sought the revisions. The changes approved by …

R-T to Acquire Workers’ Comp Wholesaler IFIS in California

R-T Specialty LLC entered into a definitive agreement to acquire West Coast workers’ compensation specialist International Facilities Insurance Services. Chicago, Ill.-based  R-T is the brokerage arm of Ryan Specialty Group LLC. Los Angeles, Calif.-based IFIS will become part of RT …

Missouri Republicans to Tackle Workers’ Compensation

Nearly two dozen years after Monroe Gunter retired from a long career at a Missouri power company, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer often caused by exposure to asbestos. Gunter sued his former employer, claiming its negligence …

Deal Reached on Change to N.C. Workers’ Comp Law

Legislators say they don’t expect any obstacles when they consider a bill allowing workers to make sure their employers carry workers’ compensation insurance on them. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported officials from three interested groups agreed to undo …

Wisconsin Workplace Shooting Brings Call for New Law on Guns

Two Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing legislation to tighten the enforcement of gun rules in domestic violence cases, prompted by a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa. Radcliffe Haughton, 45, bought a handgun just two days after his beleaguered …

Rising Medical Costs Lead to Hike in Cost Per WC Claim in N.J.: Study

The cost per workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey rose following the end of the recession, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study said a 10 percent increase in medical payments per claim …

Conn. Workers’ Comp Second Most Expensive in Nation: Study

Connecticut employers in the volunteer market pay, on average, the second-highest workers’ compensation premium rates in the country, according to a recent study. Connecticut’s premium rate index, according to the study, is $2.99 per $100 of payroll, or 159 percent …

Authorities Shut Down N.Y. Nightclub for Skimping on Workers’ Comp

A popular Brooklyn, N.Y., nightclub called “Amnesia” has been shut down because it apparently forgot to provide workers’ comp insurance for its staff, according to authorities. Brooklyn Daily, a local newspaper, reported this month that a stop-work order was issued …