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Study Shows Wisconsin’s Workforce Population Threatened by Migration

Wisconsin has seen a steep decline in net migration of families with children and this could be problematic for efforts to replace the state’s aging workforce, according to a new report. The Wisconsin Counties Association’s nonpartisan research arm, Forward Analytics, …

California Commissioner Issues Decision on Workers’ Comp Regulatory Filing

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a decision regarding the Workers’ Compensation Rating Bureau’s Jan. 1, 2017 regulatory filing submitted to the California Department of Insurance in June. Jones approved all the changes to the Standard Classification System proposed by …

RIMS 2016: Employee vs. Contractor Debate to Become Even Hotter

The employee vs. contractor debate has the potential to have a major impact on the insurance industry, according to a pair of experts speaking on the topic on Monday in San Diego, Calif. It’s estimated there are 10 million independent …

Oregon High Court Says Cab Company Workers Aren’t Independent Contractors

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled last week that a Portland taxicab company must pay unemployment insurance taxes for certain drivers because they were improperly classified as independent contractors. The case comes amid heightened attention to the employment status of for-hire …

Report Shows Higher Smoking, Drinking Among Utah Construction Workers

Utah residents who work in construction and manufacturing are more likely to smoke and binge drink than workers in other industries, according to a new report from Utah’s Department of Health. The data is based on a telephone survey of …

34 Workers Killed On Job in Wyoming In 2014

A higher-than-average number of workers died on the job in Wyoming last year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said this week that 34 people died at work in Wyoming last year. That’s up from 26 in 2013 and close …

Mid-2015 Target For Alaska Workers’ Comp Changes

A new method of paying medical fees for injured workers under Alaska’s workers’ compensation program won’t be in place until mid-2015, and it will take more time for insurance companies to judge any effects on lowering costs so that adjustments …

Cal/OSHA Issues First High Heat Advisory Of 2014

Cal/OSHA is advising all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risks associated with heat illness with temperatures expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal in both Northern and Southern California. “Early in the season, especially as …

Ex-workers Sue Over Pay on Oregon Public Projects

Former workers on public projects say in a federal court suit in Eugene, Ore. they were underpaid and have asked for more than $3.5 million. The Eugene Register-Guard reported the suit names four former workers as plaintiffs but was filed …

Settlement Reached with Ex-US Fidelis Workers

The Missouri attorney general’s office has reached a deal with some former employees of US Fidelis allowing compensation for being laid off without proper warning. US Fidelis was once a leading seller of vehicle service contracts. The Wentzville, Mo.-based company …