Workers Compensation News

Washington Employers May See Big Drop in 2019 Workers’ Comp Rates

The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington could drop significantly in 2019. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries this week proposed a 5 percent decrease in the average premium employers pay for the coverage. If approved, the rate …

Oregon SAIF Declares Dividends as Workers’ Comp Costs Decrease

The board of directors of the SAIF, the not-for-profit company providing workers’ comp insurance in Oregon, declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF’s policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to …

California Cites Garment Contractors $570K, Some Lacked Workers’ Comp

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has cited six Los Angeles area garment contractors $573,704 for labor law violations after uncovering a scheme where the contractors illegally operated under one license to avoid compliance. Four of the contractors did not have …

Labor Secretary: Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp $1.3B Annually

Cost savings in the California worker’s compensation system from reforms made five years ago are far more massive than projected, according to David Lanier, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Lanier on Thursday said that $1.3 billion …

New Workers’ Comp Program for California’s Cannabis Industry

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced a new workers’ compensation insurance program for California’s cannabis industry. The program was created by Atlas General Insurance Services to serve businesses and workers in the cannabis industry. This program is designed to …

Texas Workers’ Comp Fraudster Sentenced for Double Dipping

A Travis County, Texas district court has sentenced Gary Hunt of Austin on workers’ compensation fraud charges. Hunt reported a job-related injury while working as a sales coach for Radiant Plumbing Service Inc., and claimed he was unable to work …

California Workers’ Compensation Bureau Submits Lower Pure Premium Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California on Monday submitted an advisory pure premium rate filing lower than last year’s approved rate to the California Insurance Commissioner. The advisory pure premium rates proposed to be effective Jan. 1, 2019 …

Study Looks at Polypharmacy Claims in California Workers’ Comp

A study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows the likelihood that indemnity was paid on a workers’ comp claim increased with the number of concurrent prescriptions the injured worker was on. Concurrent use of multiple medications to treat one …

Workers’ Compensation Results Likely to Weaken Next Year: Fitch

After three banner years, the U.S. workers compensation market will face increasing pricing pressure and an erosion in results heading into next year. That means 2019 will be closer to a break-even combined ratio rather than a profitable one, Fitch …

Serious Worker Injuries at Lead to $250K in Fines for Washington Manufacturer

A Seattle, Wash. company that manufactures electronics mounting systems and other products is facing more than $250,000 in fines for multiple serious and willful worker safety and health violations. The state’s Department of Labor & Industries recently cited National Products …