workers’ compensation News

Texas Extends Workers’ Comp Insurer COVID-19 Data Call to June

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has extended until June 2021 its mandatory data call for information related to COVID-19 injuries reported to selected insurance carriers on or after Dec. 1, 2019. The data call was originally issued on …

How COVID Effect on Workers’ Compensation Claims Has Varied by State, Industry

The percentage of COVID-19 claims among all workers’ compensation paid claims has varied greatly among states and occupations, as has the decrease in non-COVID claims, new research shows. The percentage of COVID-19 claims among all workers’ compensation paid claims ranged …

Clifford to Lead Risk Placement Services’ Workers’ Comp Programs in Michigan

Risk Placement Services (RPS), the E&S wholesale broker, managing general agency and program administrator, has appointed Joe Clifford to lead its self-insured workers’ compensation programs in Michigan within its RPS Signature Programs division. Clifford succeeds Tim Hanna, who has retired …

Body of Second Worker Recovered After Ohio Power Plant Collapse

The body of a second worker killed in a power plant collapse in southern Ohio has been recovered, his employer said on Jan. 9. Relatives of 47-year-old Jamie Fitzgerald of Boyd County, Kentucky, had been notified of the removal of …

Insurer Centene to Buy Magellan for $2.2 Billion to Expand Its Mental Health Services

Health insurer Centene Corp. said on Monday it has agreed to buy Magellan Health Inc. in a $2.2 billion deal including debt, looking to build up its mental health services as more Americans struggle with COVID-19-related behavioral and anxiety issues. …

REUTERS REPORT-Regulators Ignored Workers’ COVID-19 Safety Complaints Amid Deadly Outbreaks

Miguel Cabezola, a driver for United Parcel Service Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, complained on March 27 to U.S. workplace safety regulators, alleging the company was taking a lax approach to social distancing, sanitizing equipment and quarantining workers with COVID-19 symptoms. …

Two Businesses, Owners Charged with Fraud Against New York State Insurance Fund

Two businesses and their owners have been charged with fraud against the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF). Manuel Sanchez and his business Lagos Construction have been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly failing to pay insurance …

California State Fund Declares 10% Dividend for 2020 Policy Year

State Compensation Insurance Fund in California on Monday announced plans to distribute a $39 million dividend to its qualifying policyholders with policies that took effect between Aug. 27 and Dec. 31, 2020. The dividend equals roughly 10% of the estimated …

OSHA Now Accepting 2020 Workplace Injury Submissions Through March 2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that the agency will begin collecting calendar year 2020 workplace injury data (Form 300A) on Jan. 2, 2021. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2021. Establishments with …

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 …