December 15, 2017

Ohio BWC Proposes Double Digit Private Employer Rate Reduction

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer recently announced a proposal to again reduce overall rate levels for private employers beginning July 1. The 10.8 percent reduction, which was proposed during the board’s Actuarial Committee meeting today, would result in a decrease in…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC: Heavy Snow Doesn’t Have to Mean a Storm of Injuries

MEMIC

Portland, ME – Once again, meteorologists are forecasting heavy snow across the Northeast. Most employers will not be declaring a snow day, so MEMIC has some advice to help keep you and your loved ones safe during these less-than-ideal working conditions. First, think differently about your normal tasks. Extreme weather events are not like every other…[Continue Reading]

NCCI: President & CEO Stephen J. Klingel Planning to Retire in 2016

NCCI Holdings, Inc.

Boca Raton, FL – The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Klingel plans to retire in February 2016. “It’s been a great pleasure to act as NCCI’s President and CEO for the past twelve years,” Steve said in announcing his retirement. “NCCI is a tremendous…[Continue Reading]

OK Attorney General Pruitt Files Workers’ Comp Charges

Oklahoma State Seal

Oklahoma City, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed two separate fraud charges. Nicholas Laine Hurt of Oklahoma City and James Cramer of Tulsa both face one count of Workers’ Compensation Fraud. Nicholas Laine Hurt, 30 – Hurt, an employee at Cellular Consulting in Edmond, claimed to have broken his tooth while on the job. An insurance…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Outcomes & Outreach!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new WCRI report that identified new predictors of worker outcomes, which may help stakeholders improve treatment of and communication with injured workers. Tennessee is examined in this edition, and as with other states, trust in the workplace was found to be an important…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study: Predictors of Worker Outcomes in Tennessee

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Tennessee improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury―leading to better outcomes. “Better information…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Offers New Educational Outreach Program for Injured Employees

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has recently launched a new educational outreach program, Workers’ Compensation Fundamentals, designed to educate injured employees about the basics of workers’ compensation, so they are able to successfully navigate their claims. The free sessions are offered in…[Continue Reading]

Pinnacol Assurance Hires Barbara Brannen as Vice President of Human Resources

Pinnacol Assurance

Denver, CO – Pinnacol Assurance has named Barbara Brannen as the company’s new vice president of human resources. Brannen will oversee the company’s human resources and learning and organizational development areas. “Barbara has the skills and experience necessary to support our efforts to transform Pinnacol into a learning organization…[Continue Reading]

Travelers Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Net and Operating Income

Travelers Insurance Work Comp

New York, NY – The Travelers Companies, Inc. recently reported net income of $1.038 billion, or $3.11 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to net income of $988 million, or $2.70 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Operating income in the current quarter was $1.023 billion, or $3.07 per diluted share…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Working on Wellness!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Pinnacol Assurance’s recent announcement of new research that found that small businesses are prepared to adopt workplace wellness programs and are actually good targets for such health interventions. The research is part of a longer, longitudinal study to determine whether small business’ workers’…[Continue Reading]

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