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Commerce Group Enhances Catastrophe Reinsurance 06/06/2006
State: NA | Segment: Business | 49 | 0
The Commerce Group Inc. announced Monday that it has enhanced the catastrophe reinsurance program for its insurance subsidiaries for the contract year effective July 1. The newly enhanced catastrophe reinsurance program will provide substantially greater protection for more severe loss...Read More
Committee Pushing for Uninsured Employers Fund 06/05/2006
State: ID | Segment: Politics | 202 | 0
Idaho's injured workers are out of luck if their employers are uninsured, but lawyers for both claimants and insurers want that to change. The Advisory Committee on Workers' Compensation is working on a proposal to create an uninsured employers fund in the state and hopes to persuade the ...Read More
Crawford's Ketch to Speak at ACE Conference 06/05/2006
State: NA | Segment: Business | 75 | 0
John Ketch, vice president for Claims Management Services at Crawford & Company, will be a featured speaker at the 10th Annual ACE Claims Conference in New Orleans June 12-14. Ketch, along with Andy Condrey, claims manager for Bankers Insurance Group, will present "Maximizing the Relationsh...Read More
CDL Requirements Will Include 'Highway Watch' 06/05/2006
State: GA | Segment: Safety | 55 | 0
Georgia officials announced that drivers applying for or renewing a commercial driver's license (CDL) beginning July 1 most complete the "Highway Watch" safety awareness and anti-terrorism training program. After completing training, drivers will receive a Highway Watch identification card ...Read More
Changes Made to WCPOLS Reporting System 06/05/2006
State: NA | Segment: Regulatory | 187 | 0
The Workers' Compensation Insurance Organizations (WCIO) announced that it has changed reporting instructions for the Workers' Compensation Policy Reporting Specifications (WCPOLS) system. The WCIO Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Committee has changed the section concerning full replaceme...Read More
Calif. 3rd: Dismiss if Requirements Not Met 06/02/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 226 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In an opinion not certified for publication, the Third Appellate District of the California Court of Appeals ruled that the WCAB erred in granting reconsideration where the aggrieved party at trial failed to meet the minimal requirements of a Petition for Reconsideration. In McAuliffe ...Read More
Calpine Energy Center Named a Star Site 06/02/2006
State: AL | Segment: Safety | 29 | 0
The Morgan Energy Center in Decatur, Ala., has been added to the Star Worksite program comprised of companies that represent the elite in workplace safety, parent company Calpine Corp. announced Thursday. The Morgan Energy Center is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant. Using e...Read More
Court: Fee Agreement Only on Comp Benefits 06/01/2006
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 332 | 0
The contingent fee agreement applies only to compensation benefits, not to unreasonable contest counsel fees or penalty awards, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled. In Costello v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, No. 1808 C.D. 2005, 05/2406, Claimant filed a penalty petition...Read More
Claimant Advocate Says States in 'Deform' Race 05/31/2006
State: DC | Segment: People | 73 | 0
Workers' compensation nationwide is becoming more and more skewed in favor of business and insurance because of a collective rush by states to pass so-called reforms, says the executive director of a Washington, D.C.-based law and advocacy group for claimants. Recent changes enacted from ...Read More
Census Shows 38 Workplace Deaths in 2004 05/31/2006
State: ID | Segment: Safety | 101 | 0
Thirty-eight workers died on the job in Idaho in 2004 -- five fewer than the previous year, according to the Idaho Industrial Commission's census of workplace fatalities. The annual loss of life on the job has averaged fewer than 40 people per year in Idaho, according to Bureau of Labor sta...Read More
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