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BWC Board Approves 8.6% Rate Reduction for Private Employers 03/18/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 446 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 52 min read
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation on Thursday approved an 8.6% reduction in overall average rates for private employers effective July 1, reducing projected premiums by $113 million in the next year. "As a result of the board's actions, Ohio private employers will be p...Read More
Church Mutual Posts Record Premiums 03/18/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 549 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
Church Mutual Insurance Company has reported recording premiums for 2015 and record policyholder surplus at the end of last year. The company -- the largest insurer of religious organizations in the United States -- also saw its lowest claims volume in nearly 30 years, whic...Read More
OSHA Pours Scorn on Grain Handling Firm for Willful Violations 03/18/2016
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 536 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
A grain handling company in Columbus, Wisconsin has been hit with $122,500 in proposed penalties for knowingly exposing workers to engulfment dangers in its storage bins and silos, the U.S...Read More
Trench Collapse Death Leads to Heavy Fines for Excavation Firm 03/18/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 536 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has hit an excavating outfit in Mason, Ohio with a $91,000 fine after a worker died in a trench collapse. Stauffer Site Services, LLC had failed to trench cave-in protection for its employees, which lead to a nearly 10-foot deep trenc...Read More

OSHA Comes Down Hard on Walmart for Repeat Violations 03/18/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 457 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
A Walmart Stores Inc. supercenter in Florida has been hit with a proposed penalty of nearly $120,000 for not following through on a settlement agreement to improve store safety, the U.S. Occupational Safety ...Read More

Lien Volume Nearly Doubled in 2015, Closes in on Pre-Reform Average 03/17/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2439 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
The volume of liens filed in 2015 nearly doubled compared to the previous two years, coming within spitting distance of the average number of liens filed before the reforms in Senate Bill 863 took effect, according to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. ...Read More
WCIRB Actuarial Committee Meeting March 22 03/17/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 634 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 38 min read
The Actuarial Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will review data from the final quarter of 2015 during its March 22 meeting in Oakland. Committee members will conduct a preliminary analysis of insurer data from the fourth quarter of 2015 during the ...Read More
CSLB Sting Leads to Stop-Work Order for Uninsured Contractor 03/17/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1029 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The Contractors State License Board issued a stop-work order for failure to carry workers’ compensation coverage to an unlicensed contractor who was caught in a sting operation in Northern California. Jesus Magana Barragan, owner of Barragan Tree Service in Sonoma, was cited for con...Read More

New Medicare Secondary Payer Policy Called a Game-Changer 03/17/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1097 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stepped up its game for seeking reimbursement in cases where someone else has primary responsibility for medical bills, and some say the agency’s new strategy is wreaking havoc in workers’ comp. ...Read More

Terms of Port Lease Waived State Liability in 3rd-Party Tort Action 03/17/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: WA | Segment: Top | 505 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The Washington Court of Appeals this week ruled that the state of Alaska is off the hook for any tort liability to a worker in a third-party negligence suit – even though the state had agreed to share in the liability for claims related to its lease of dock space at the Port of Bellingham....Read More
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