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Workers' Compensation News

BWC Seeks to Update Drug-Free Workplace Program Rule 08/10/2017
State: TN | Segment: EAST | 278 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation will hold a public hearing next month on proposed changes to its drug-free workplace program rule.  The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 in the Tennessee Room of the BWC building, located at 220 French Landing Drive in Nashville...Read More

Berkshire's Primary Insurance Group Boosts Underwriting Gain in Q2 08/09/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 211 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Berkshire Hathaway has reported net income for the second quarter of $4.26 billion, a 15% decrease from net income of $5 billion in the same quarter last year. ...Read More

Bill Introduced to Mandate Uniform Adjuster Licensing Requirements 08/03/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 345 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Legislation that would require states to adopt uniform and reciprocal licensing laws for independent claim adjusters has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. ...Read More

Business Interests Huddle With Lawmakers Over Protz Ruling That Removed IREs 08/02/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 376 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Business groups say they are holding private conversations with Pennsylvania state lawmakers on a legislative remedy to a state Supreme Court decision that blocks impairment rating evaluations. ...Read More

Bill Requiring Carriers to Pay for Medical Report Gets Another Go 07/24/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 397 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A state lawmaker is making a second attempt to require workers' compensation carriers to pay doctors for medical opinions requested after the carrier disputes the extent of a worker's compensable injury.  ...Read More

Bankruptcy Filing Pits Labor Department Against Self-Insured Employer 07/21/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: MO | Segment: Top | 654 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is fighting in bankruptcy court for $92,000 to cover workers’ compensation claims from a self-insured company that filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. ...Read More

BWC Rule Steers Workers Away From Lumbar Fusion Surgeries 07/19/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 426 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Five years ago, when public health officials were sounding an alarm about the overuse of opioids, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's new top doctor examined which procedures led to the highest rates of opioid use. ...Read More

Bill Requiring Small-Business Owner on SCIF Board Up for Third Vote in Senate 07/18/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 405 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Senate on Monday was considering a bill that would require the governor to appoint a small-business owner to serve on the State Compensation Insurance Fund board of directors. ...Read More

Bill Would Require Death Benefit Decision Within 6 Months 07/18/2017
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 319 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Two New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would require agencies to decide whether the families of volunteer first responders could receive death benefits within six months of the volunteer's death.  ...Read More

BWC Closes Cases Against 10 07/18/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 242 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will receive more than $90,000 in restitution from 10 residents now that it has closed criminal cases against them. ...Read More
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