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Bill Eliminates Comp Guaranty Contract Filings 08/27/2007
State: OR | Segment: Regulatory | 121 | 0
The Oregon Insurance Division reports Senate Bill 559, dealing with elimination of workers' compensation guaranty contracts, takes effect July 1, 2009. SB 559 removes the requirement that employers and insurers provide proof of workers' compensation coverage by filing a guaranty contract wi...Read More
Bad Faith Caused New Injury, Still Work Comp Issue 08/27/2007
State: KY | Segment: Courts | 156 | 0
An employee cannot file a civil suit against an insurance company for injuries suffered because the carriers delayed medical payments, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in a decision released Friday. In Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance v. Coleman, 2006-SC-000608-MR, 08/23/2007,...Read More
BREAKING: NCCI Recommends 16.5% Rate Reduction for Florida 08/24/2007
State: FL | Segment: Top | 119 | 0 | Popular with Employer
The National Council on Compensation Insurance today recommended a 16.5% overall decrease in rates next year for Florida. NCCI said that lowered claim frequency coupled with wage growth is expected to offset medical inflation in the state's workers' compensation system. This is t...Read More
Business Group Plans Survey on Comp Issues 08/24/2007
State: TX | Segment: Business | 19 | 0
The Texas Association will survey its members later this year on how they view the state's workers' compensation system and how to improve it. TAB spokeswoman Cathy DeWitt said she will begin developing the survey in September. It should be sent to association members around the end of the ...Read More
Benefit Information, Law and Regulations Now Online 08/23/2007
State: KS | Segment: Regulatory | 243 | 0
The Kansas Division of Workers' Compensation has posted information on recent changes to benefits and mileage reimbursement and a link to current laws and regulations on its Web site. The division reports that as of July 1 maximum weekly benefits are $510 and minimum benefits are $25....Read More
Budget Holding Final Action on 13 Comp Measures 08/21/2007
State: CA | Segment: Top | 358 | 0
California state lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday after a four-week summer recess, but little progress is expected on at least 13 workers' compensation measures still pending final votes until after Democrats and Republicans overcome an impasse over the state budget. Although legi...Read More
Bay Area Court Upholds Constitutionality of TD Cap 08/21/2007
State: CA | Segment: Top | 529 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court upheld the constitutionality of the legislative cap on temporary disability benefits in an unpublished decision. The San Jose-based 5th District Court of Appeal held that reduction of the benefit under the 2004 workers' compensation reform was within the Legi...Read More
BrickStreet Reports $25.2M Profit in First Half of 2007 08/21/2007
State: WV | Segment: Business | 107 | 0
BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. reported net earnings of $25.2 million profit in the first six months of 2007, the Charleston Daily Mail reported Monday. The employer-owned company replaced West Virginia's monopoly insurer, the Workers' Compensation Commission, in January 2006. The commi...Read More
Bureau Praises Terminal Warehouse Safety Record 08/20/2007
State: OH | Segment: Safety | 43 | 0
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation congratulated Terminal Warehouse on the company's acceptance into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). The bureau reported Terminal Warehouse is one of only seven Ohio compa...Read More
Board Upholds Award to Lung-Damaged Claimant 08/20/2007
State: CT | Segment: Courts | 123 | 0
The Connecticut Compensation Review Board upheld a trial commissioner in Kronick v. Ansonia Copper & Brass Co., a dispute over the effects of a workplace accident on an employee with pre-existing lung problems. The board reported the case "involves the situation of 'taking the clai...Read More
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