workers’ compensation News

New Hampshire Workers’ Comp Rates May Decrease for Seventh Year in a Row

New Hampshire employers could pay less for their workers’ compensation insurance next year because of a filing that lowers the loss costs insurers use to develop prices. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) filed a rate proposal with the …

Virginia Forms Task Force to Block Worker Misclassification

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed an executive order establishing a task force to come up with a plan to prevent worker misclassification and payroll fraud. The state estimates that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors costs Virginia as …

Workers’ Compensation Insurers Face Rise in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Although there has been an overall decline in workers’ compensation claims, the frequency of claims for motor vehicle accidents has increased in recent years. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in a new report, these accidents can …

Feds: Missouri Farmworkers Kept in Inhumane Conditions

A Florida company kept more than 100 temporary farmworkers in “inhumane” and “unsanitary” working conditions while not paying them what they were due as they harvested watermelons in southeast Missouri, according to federal labor officials. The U.S. Labor Department issued …

3 Steps to Help Close Workers’ Compensation Claims Performance Gap

An analysis of five years of benchmarking data from more than 1,700 claims identifies three practices that workers’ compensation claims organizations rated as low in quality should adopt to keep from falling further behind in performance. According to the analysis …

Workers’ Comp Insurtech Pie Insurance Raises $11 Million

Pie Insurance, an online seller of workers’ compensation policies to small-and-medium-sized businesses, reported it has completed an $11 million Series A funding round. The company, a full stack managing general agent (MGA) operation, currently offers its online buying process that …

Missouri Voters Reject Attempt to Weaken Labor Unions

The steady march of new “right-to-work” laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign …

El Paso Construction Company Cited for Trenching, Excavation Safety Hazards

Federal safety officials have cited an El Paso, Texas, construction company for failing to protect its employees from trench collapse hazards. El Paso Underground Construction, a pipe-laying company, faces $190,642 penalties proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety …

Ohio Manufacturer Faces $331K in Fines for Excessive Noise, Other Workplace Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Polystar Inc. – doing business as Polystar Containment – for exposing employees to excessive noise after 12 employees’ audiograms indicated mild to moderate hearing loss at its …

Agency Says Wisconsin Refinery Fire Caused by Blast Debris Hitting Tank

A federal agency says a massive refinery fire that forced the temporary evacuation of homes in the coastal Wisconsin city of Superior in April was caused by an explosion that sent debris hurtling into an asphalt storage tank. The U.S. …