Insurance Journal - The Mississippi Supreme Court will determine whether a trucker killed during a robbery at a truck stop in Wyoming qualifies for workers compensation benefits. The court agreed June 14 to hear an appeal from the family of Phillip Shores. The family was initially granted workers compensation benefits by a state agency and a Rankin County judge upheld the decision.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Insurance Journal - Two years after lawmakers tightened eligibility for benefits to injured workers, the insurance premiums businesses must pay to care for injured workers have dropped to 1994 levels. In 2005, Gov. Matt Blunt and the Republican-led Legislature limited what kinds of injuries are eligible for benefits through the state workers’ compensation system.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Insurance Journal - Employers who lie about what their workers do to save money on insurance premiums would face fines and prison time under an agreement South Carolina legislators reached to overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system. In addition to toughening fraud penalties, the legislation calls for new standards on how injuries are reported and what is covered.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Insurance Journal - A business-labor compromise that emerged at the Arizona Legislature would increase Arizona’s caps on workers’ compensation benefits received by employees hurt on the job. Under a freshly rewritten workers’ compensation bill given preliminary Senate approval on voice vote last Thursday, the current $2,400 monthly cap on how much of an injured worker’s pay can be used to calculate benefits would rise to $3,000 in 2008 and $3,600 in 2009.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
California Department of Insurance - Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today unveiled a series of reforms to address systemic and structural deficiencies in California’s workers’ compensation system. Citing a vibrant and profitable workers’ comp market, Commissioner Poizner also called for an additional 14.2 percent decrease in workers’ compensation pure premium rates.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
San Jose Mercury News - Five years ago, in a cost-cutting move, San Jose slashed its risk-management staff, the team charged with vetting workers’ compensation claims and getting injured employees back to work. Today, that move looks to have backfired. San Jose pays the most in the state in workers’ compensation costs, as judged by one industry benchmark, and has a crushing backlog of claims and a high rate of on-the-job injuries.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Insurance Journal - A Workers Compensation Appeals Board judge has invalidated California’s rating schedule that cut injured workers’ permanent disability compensation. According to the California Applicant Attorneys Association, Judge Jacqueline Duncan ruled in Scott Boughner vs. Comp USA Inc. and Zurich North America that the Schwarzenegger Administration violated legislative code because its rating schedule was not based on empirical data.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Insurance Journal - Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle handed state employers a victory last week, when she vetoed House Bill 854. The bill would have required wage loss or temporary total disability payments continue to be paid even during a dispute, only to be terminated upon order of the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations, or if the employee’s treating physician determines that the employee is able to resume work and the employer has made a bonafide offer of work within the employee’s medical restrictions.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Business Insurance - The California Supreme Court handed employers a victory Thursday, ruling that workers compensation reforms adopted in 2004 did not alter apportionment of employer responsibility for permanent disability injuries. The decision settles a two-year battle between applicants and their attorneys on one side and employers on the other over the apportionment issue.
Monday, May 07, 2007
National Underwriter - A series of industry surveys released here finds that rising medical costs, the health of their employees and an aging workforce are of major concern among risk managers. The studies, disclosed at the annual conference for the Risk and Insurance Management Society, were part of a research and education effort conducted by Hartford, Conn.-based Specialty Risk Services (SRS), a property-casualty third-party administrator for workers’ compensation and liability claims.
Friday, May 04, 2007