NY - Albany's Loss-of-Use Claims Spiked in 2017
Payouts for loss-of-use claims in Albany spiked by 1,700% in 2017, leaving the city with almost $2 million in payouts to injured city workers, according to a local news report.
But it could have been worse. City officials said a third-party administrator was able to shave $282,000 in administrative fees from workers' compensation claims, the Albany Times Union reported this week.
Part of the reason for the spike in benefits payments may be a change in state law, which will reduce benefits in coming years. Claimants may have rushed to file claims in 2017 to reap higher rewards, ...
RI - House Approves Limits on Uninsured Fund Payouts
The Rhode Island House of Representatives this week passed a bill that will limit the amount that injured workers and their dependents could receive from the state's uninsured employer fund.
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee
House Bill 8215, introduced by Democratic state Reps. Robert Craven and Carol Hagan McEntee, would rename the fund as the Rhode Island Uninsured Protection Fund and would limit benefit payments to a total of $50,000, plus attorneys' fees related to the claim.
The employer would also be required to reimburse the fund for benefits paid to workers and for attorneys...
NATL. - Church Mutual Appoints Assistant VP for Risk Control
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Church Mutual Insurance Co. announced Wednesday the appointment of Guy Russ as assistant vice president of risk control. He will report to Kevin Root, executive vice president for operations.
Church Mutual hired Russ in 2012 as director of program management. Since then, he has worked as information technology executive manager, assistant vice president of IT and assistant vice president of strategic resource management.
Russ worked as a consultant for Church Mutual for four years before becoming an employee.
Russ earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from Caroll C...
NY - Contractor to Pay Restitution for Failure to Provide Coverage
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An Upstate New York contractor was ordered to pay $8,500 in restitution and fines for failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance during a siding and roof repair project in Aurelius, the online edition of The Citizen newspaper reported.
Stephen Pollot, of Waterloo, pleaded guilty Tuesday to failure to provide coverage, a felony. He admitted that his business, D&S Home Improvements, failed to provide coverage for seven employees in June 2015.
Cayuga County Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Valdina told the newspaper that New York State Police launched an investigation a...
RI - Division Again Cuts Assessment Fee
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The Rhode Island Division of Workers' Compensation has proposed another reduction in the assessment fee that goes to run the division, the agency announced this week.
The fee would drop, from 5.75% to 5.25%, and would mark the fourth straight year that the division has cut the fee. In 2015, the rate was 6.5%.
Based on last year's numbers, the decrease is expected to save insurers and self-insured employers more than $1 million.
Workers’ comp premiums are based on a company’s payroll. With the growth of the economy and more Rhode Islanders working, the premium base h...