Insurance Journal - The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a telecommuter who was attacked while preparing lunch in her kitchen wasn’t entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for her injuries. In the case of Kristina Wait v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of Illinois, the court ruled that while Wait’s injuries were suffered during the course of her employment, they did not arise out of her employment.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - Ohio is poised to shrink the deep discounts on injured-worker insurance it has been offering certain businesses for years, setting off tensions among participants in the nation’s largest state-run workers’ compensation system. The board of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is expected to decide Wednesday whether to adopt a recommendation to reduce its highest discounts from 90 percent to 87 percent.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Insurance Journal - Employers will have to pay the full cost for almost all personal safety equipment used by their workers, the Labor Department said recently, a move advocates say will prevent thousands of on-the-job injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule, proposed in 1999 but never adopted in final form until now, would require employers to pay for personal protective equipment, or PPE, like protective clothing and other gear.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Insurance Journal - Both the rate and the number of occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work decreased from 2005 to 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Labor. The 2006 rate was 128 per 10,000 workers, a decrease of 6 percent from 2005. There were 1.2 million cases requiring days away from work in private industry, which represented a decrease of 51,180 cases (or 4 percent).
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Insurance Journal - The Ohio Supreme Court, taking a second look at its own ruling, decided that a young fast-food worker who badly burned himself after violating safety rules should get temporary disability benefits. Some attorneys had voiced alarm about the court’s earlier workers’ compensation ruling in the case, last December, saying it set a dangerous precedent by denying benefits because the employee was to blame for the accident. David Gross, then 16, was injured in 2003 after cleaning a pressure cooker by boiling water in it at the KFC franchise chicken restaurant where he worked in the Dayton area.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
The Courier Journal - When James David Rehm of Louisville died in 2002 of cancer caused by asbestos, it appeared that his lawsuit against various work sites where he may have been exposed to the harmful substance might never get a full hearing. The claims against the 16 companies were considered to be prohibited under the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act -- though none had ever directly employed Rehm.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Insurance Journal - The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation (SAIF), the state workers’ compensation insurer, may be sued for damages. In John Johnson v. SAIF Corp., the plaintiff alleged that SAIF had deprived him of his right to due process under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution when SAIF terminated his permanent total disability (PTD) workers’ compensation benefits without a pretermination hearing.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Expansion - South Carolina lawmakers took an important step to enhance the state’s pro-business climate last month when Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law business-friendly legislation that significantly reforms the state’s workers’ compensation system. The law’s goal is to stop increasing workers’ compensation insurance costs and inject much-needed predictability, consistency, and rationality into the state’s workers’ compensation system.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The Record - Insurance companies are less liable for certain types of workers’ compensation claims after a policy change approved by the state Department of Banking and Insurance. The change, which took effect July 1, allows insurance companies to narrow their coverage and limit liability in cases where an employer’s actions could have contributed to an accident.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Appeal Democrat - Yuba-Sutter farm owners were hit with nearly $45,000 in fines for violating workers’ compensation requirements and child labor laws. The state Environmental and Employment Enforcement Coalition recently inspected more than two dozen farms over a two-day period to audit paperwork and other requirements for business.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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