March 15, 2018

NC DOL: Struck-By Incidents Lead Work-Related Deaths

Raleigh, NC – Struck-by incidents followed by falls caused the largest number of work-related deaths statewide in 2017 based on preliminary information released today by the state Department of Labor. Struck-by incidents accounted for 14 work-related deaths while falls accounted for 13. There were 40 total work-related fatalities that fell under the jurisdiction of NCDOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Division in 2017, 10 fewer than there were in 2016. “These are not just statistics on a page…[Continue Reading]

NYCOSH Releases Report, “Deadly Skyline,” Reveals Alarming Increases in New York State Construction Fatalities

New York, NY – The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State.” Researchers found alarming increases in New York State construction fatalities and that employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity. NYCOSH’s report unveiled a number of findings and recommendations to improve worker safety in New York State. In 2016, New York State…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Announces Research and Evaluation Group’s Proposed FY2018 Research Agenda

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI‐DWC) is accepting comment on the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Research Agenda of the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG).  Labor Code §405.0026 requires the REG to prepare and publish annually in the Texas Register a proposed research agenda for commissioner review and approval.  Under §405.0026, the commissioner must accept public comments on the research agenda and…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Releases Update on Alternative Workers Compensation Mechanisms/Opt-Out

oca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the release of a new update Alternative Workers Compensation Mechanisms, or “What’s Happening With Opt-Out?” Workers compensation was created more than a century ago to protect injured employees, and their employers, from lengthy and expensive litigation resulting from workplace injuries, with a focus on return-to-work and defined benefits. Supporters of the state-based system say it continues to work as intended, fulfilling…[Continue Reading]

NCCI’s Carrier Executive Pulse Survey Defines Healthcare Costs and Uncertainty as Top 2018 Challenge in Workers’ Comp

Boca Raton, FL -The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently announced the results of its annual Carrier Executive Pulse. The Carrier Executive Pulse is a survey of senior carrier executives that identifies key industry issues which are “top of mind” for workers compensation insurers. For the fourth year in a row, carrier executives identified the US healthcare environment as their top concern for 2018. “The results of our Carrier Executive Pulse help us focus our research and…[Continue Reading]

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls on Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

Washington, DC – China’s Ministry of Public Security recently announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs. The scheduling controls will take effect on February 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances. “Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to…[Continue Reading]

A.M. Best Removes From Under Review with Developing Implications and Affirms Credit Ratings of PacificComp

Oldwick, NJ -(BusinessWire)- A.M. Best has removed from under review with developing implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of Pacific Compensation Insurance Company (PacificComp) (Thousand Oaks, CA). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. , A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” of the members of CopperPoint Mutual Group…[Continue Reading]

New Webinar Examines 2017 Work Comp Benchmarking Study Results: Maximizing Next Generation Tech & Talent

Chicago, IL – Experts from Rising Medical Solutions’ fifth annual Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study will share 2017 results in an upcoming webinar. Entitled “Insurtech & Talent Crisis Crossroads: How successful claims operations maximize next generation technology and talent,” this free webinar will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Industry narratives about Insurtech’s disruption as well as the claims talent crisis are so constant that they might numb any…[Continue Reading]

ACIC Transitions to PCI Western Region Office

Sacramento, CA – ACIC recently announced that it will now officially be known as the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s (PCI) Western Region office. This name change is the final step of the 2012 merger of the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC) and PCI. ACIC had a long and distinguished history as a respected thought leader and advocacy voice with policymakers and the media since its inception in 1954. The association was purchased in 2004 by PCI…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Releases New Court Case Update Report

Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the launch of the first edition of its Court Case Update report, which provides a look at some of the cases and decisions being monitored by NCCI’s Legal Division, that may impact and shape the future of workers compensation across the states. There have been many court challenges to various aspects of state workers compensation systems throughout the years. Contesting the legality of workers compensation laws goes back more than a century…[Continue Reading]

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