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Maine High Court Finds Aquaculture Worker Covered by State Workers’ Comp

An aquaculture worker who got hurt tending to salmon raised in offshore pens is covered under state law, but not under the federal law that defines some of the rights for mariners, Maine’s supreme court ruled. The court ruled unanimously …

Slick Sidewalks, Protective Pets Among Injury Trends for Amazon Delivery Partners in Colorado

Coloradans like residents of other states have seen an increase in delivery vehicles as many households shifted to ordering more online amid the pandemice. Colorado workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance analyzed its claims data to identify trends for this rapidly …

California Workers’ Comp Bills Signed into Law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a handful of bills related to workers’ compensation, including bills dealing with COVID-19 and reporting the virus in the workplace. The Legislature recessed for the year on Aug. 31, and the governor had until Sept. …

Texas Workers’ Comp Networks Have Lower Medical Costs Than Non-Networks

Texas workers’ compensation claims handled through health care networks have lower medical costs than those managed outside networks, a state report finds. The Texas Department of Insurance has published its 2020 Workers’ Compensation Network Report Card Results showing networks outperform …

Worker’s Compensation Rates to Decrease in Idaho for 2021

A proposal for a 1.7% overall rate decrease to Idaho workers’ compensation insurance, effective Jan. 1, 2021, has been approved by the Idaho Department of Insurance. The proposed rate change is recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The …

Report Shows Steep Drop in California Workers’ Comp IMRs in 1st Half Year

The number of independent medical reviews used to resolve California workers’ compensation medical disputes fell sharply in the first half of 2020 as the pandemic took a toll on the state’s economy with statewide unemployment spiking to a record level …

Washington Labor Department: Keep Workers’ Comp Rates Steady For 2021

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries is proposing no increase in the average price employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance next year. If the proposal is adopted, this will be the first time in 20 years that workers’ comp rates …

Oregon Workers’ Comp Costs Dropping for 8th Straight Year

Oregon employers on average will pay less for workers’ compensation coverage in 2021, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced today. The decline in costs marks eight years of average decreases in the pure premium rate – the …

Washington Extends Relief for Employers Struggling to Pay Workers’ Comp

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is again extending the deadline for employers that are finding it difficult to pay their workers’ compensation premiums during the COVID-19 outbreak. Under L&I’s extension, employers who are participating in the Employer …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Looks at Medical Provider Fraud

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California in a follow-up analysis to its 2018 study that evaluated the potential impact of medical provider fraud enforcement shows indicted providers treated significantly more injured workers and rendered more services per injured …