Contractor guilty in California wildfire death labor case
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a bulldozer that overturned and killed the operator while battling a huge California wildfire has been found guilty of violating labor laws.
Berkshire Hathaway completes sale of smaller insurance unit
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett's company has completed the sale of one of its smaller insurance companies.
Berkshire Hathaway said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange...
Former Tyson attorney sues in Iowa for wrongful termination
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former workers' compensation attorney for a Tyson Foods meatpacking division sued the company for wrongful termination, accusing company officials of making anti-gay...
Injured Iowa workers face delays in getting hearing dates
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Injured Iowa workers seeking benefits from their employers are waiting longer to get their hearing dates as a state agency transitions to a new filing system.
Ohio injured worker plans $1.5B in dividends for employers
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers tells employers to watch their mailboxes as it prepares to send out dividend checks totaling around $1.5 billion.
Kentucky editorial roundup
Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:
The Daily Independent on lowering Kentucky worker compensation costs:
Workers’ compensation cost soars 54% for state employees
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The cost of workers' compensation in the state of Rhode Island has increased 54% in the last decade, alarming state leaders.
Montana State Fund declares $30M dividend
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana State Fund board of directors has declared a $30 million dividend to be paid to its safest policyholders.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that the Montana...
Big tech or big labor? 2020 Democrats line up with unions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of miles from the union halls of Pennsylvania and Michigan, organized labor is flexing its muscles in a pitched battle with Big Tech.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is clarifying a policy change that will limit the prescribing of opioid painkillers to federal workers.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio construction company owner has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a worker lacking safety equipment fell to his death from the roof of a three-story...
Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is...
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation aimed at helping first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Democrat signed the bills Monday at Liberty State...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin insurance officials will soon consider a proposal to lower insurance rates for workers' compensation in the state.
CHICAGO (AP) — In another move to reform how the city conducts its business, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will transfer day-to-day control of its $100 million-per-year workers' compensation...
Connecticut town bans flip-flops at work
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town has barred municipal employees from wearing slide sandals or flip-flops to work.
Mary Pepe, director of human resources in Greenwich, tells the...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation says it will no longer pay for a time-release painkiller for newly injured workers and won't cover the drug's cost for those...
Senate gives final OK to workers’ comp overhaul
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that overhauls Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, including increasing the benefits paid to injured...
Reynolds dropped from suit filed over alleged discrimination
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging that her predecessor and others in his administration singled out a former state official for a pay cut...
US workers’ compensation rose moderately in 1st quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose 0.7% in the first three months of the year, a modest gain that matched the previous quarter's increase.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The governing board of Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance has recommended that its chief executive take a pay cut and lose his long-term job contract in favor of...
Montana passes firefighter workers’ compensation law
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill to make it easier for firefighters to receive workers' compensation for cancer and other occupational diseases.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has spent more than $50,000 in recent years to scrutinize injury claims by Rhode Island sheriffs.
The spending was a portion of the $220,000 total paid...
Company given $50,000 penalty for ethics violations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company with a long-running contract to manage Kentucky's workers' compensation claims has been assessed a $50,000 penalty by the state's Executive Branch Ethics...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the...
Court: Board wrong to deny workers’ comp for medical pot
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers' compensation insurance can't reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana, according to a New Hampshire...
- PR NewswireOne Call Sponsors PhD Research to Demonstrate Impact of Applying Continuous Improvement in Workers' Compensation IndustryOctober 15, 2019
- Business WireAcuity Systems, LLC to Implement Cloud-Based Workers’ Compensation SystemApril 26, 2019
- Business WireMike Mulray Elected Chairman of the WCIRB Governing CommitteeApril 17, 2019
- BusinessWireEmployers Holding, Inc. Launches Two Major Initiatives to Capture Opportunity in a Changing IndustryJanuary 23, 2019
- BusinessWireMitchell Earns URAC Reaccreditation for Workers' Compensation Utilization Management Demonstrating Commitment to Quality ServicesJune 29, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sitting North Carolina legislator has been nominated by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the state Industrial Commission.
Cooper told legislators this week of his choice of...
Trooper files harassment lawsuit against Oregon State Police
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 20-year state trooper is suing Oregon State Police, alleging his supervisor harassed and retaliated against him for taking medical leave and filing workers' compensation...
Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway may sell an insurance unit
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate may take the unusual step of selling one of its insurance companies.
Ohio worker’s comp agency to switch painkiller for injured
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio agency says it will replace a painkiller widely blamed for the nation's opioid abuse crisis on its list of approved drugs for injured workers.
Kodiak chiropractor withdrawn from state board after arrest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Kodiak chiropractor charged with three felonies has been withdrawn from consideration for a state board.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy in January nominated 45-year-old Christopher Twiford for a seat on the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board.
Twiford was arraigned Tuesday in Kodiak on three counts of felony assault. He's also charged with misdemeanor assault and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. He did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
Kodiak police arrest chiropractor appointed to state board
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A Kodiak chiropractor appointed last month to the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board by Gov. Mike Dunleavy has been charged with multiple felonies.
Christopher Twiford, 45, was arraigned Tuesday on three counts of felony assault, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported . He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and possession of a weapon while intoxicated.
State’s costs in gay discrimination lawsuit reaches $1.2M
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state's bill for defending a lawsuit against a former official who claims he was discriminated against because he's gay has surpassed $1.27 million.
Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson updated the Iowa Executive Council on Monday in response to a request by Auditor Rob Sand. The council, which includes the governor and other state elected officials, approves state litigation expenses.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers' compensation for a month last year.
A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers' Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30.
She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid.
Mayor orders audit of fund controlled by embattled alderman
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers' compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime City County member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of fast-food franchises.
The move marked the latest fallout from the case against Alderman Ed Burke, who was charged last week with attempted extortion.
93 Stamford educators file claims over mold-related ailments
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 90 educators in a Connecticut school district have filed workers' compensation claims over mold-related ailments.
Los Angeles chiropractor pleads guilty in $150M fraud scheme
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles chiropractor has pleaded guilty to taking part in a $150 million workers' compensation fraud scheme.
Paul Turley of Granada Hills pleaded Monday to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, mayhem, insurance fraud and unlawful patient referral
Ruling: Injury compensation not tied to risky circumstances
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court ruling says a worker is entitled to compensation for a trip-and-fall injury suffered at work even though the accident wasn't linked to any particularly risky circumstances related to his job.
Lower Indiana workers’ compensation rates take effect Jan. 1
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Insurance says lower workers' compensation rates paid by businesses will take effect Jan. 1.
The agency said Wednesday the recently approved reduction averages 7.6 percent and will save businesses about $63 million.
Maine employers to get largest workers comp dividend
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A workers' compensation insurer in Maine says more than 17,000 employers in the state will receive a record of $22 million in dividends this November.
The dividends are from The MEMIC Group, which says it's the largest dividend in its 25-year history. The group's board of directors authorized the dividend in late September.
Iowa governor defends trip on vendor’s plane to bowl game
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds dismissed criticism Thursday of her decision to travel to Iowa State's bowl game for free on a plane owned by a longtime and controversial state vendor.
The Latest: Governor defends trip to game on vendor’s plane
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Kim Reynolds' trip to the Liberty Bowl last December (all times local):
Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to travel to Iowa State's bowl game for free on a plane owned by a company that is a longtime and controversial state vendor.
Reynolds told reporters Thursday that she saw nothing wrong with her flight on the plane owned by Sedgwick, which administers claims for workers' compensation benefits filed by injured state employees.
APNewsBreak: Iowa governor flew to game on vendor’s plane
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds received approval from an ethics regulator to fly with her family to Iowa State's bowl game free of charge on the jet of a state vendor, despite a law barring public officials and their relatives from accepting gifts, a review by The Associated Press shows.
California justices limit lawsuits over job injury treatment
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Thursday sided with employers in a fight over the right of workers to sue over treatment for injuries that occur on the job.
Workers receiving medical care through the workers' compensation insurance of their employer generally cannot sue a doctor who decides whether treatment is needed, the court said in a unanimous decision.
Texas firefighters with cancer often denied workers’ comp
HOUSTON (AP) — Many Texas cities are denying workers' compensation to firefighters with cancer, according to union leaders and state lawmakers.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals has struck down as unconstitutional a 2013 change in the state's workers' compensation law.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a three-judge panel ruled Friday that the change approved by the Legislature in 2013 too severely limits an injured worker's right to obtain a legal remedy for an injury.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is eliminating its Division of Employment Programs and Workers' Compensation Defense, resulting in the loss of 10 jobs.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper wants a longtime state judge to serve on the North Carolina Industrial Commission after the General Assembly rejected a previous nominee.
Cooper announced Friday that Judge Robby Hassell of Greensboro is his choice for the six-member panel that determines workers' compensation awards for injured workers and handles certain claims against the state.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has tapped former Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, a fellow Democrat, to fill a vacancy on Connecticut's Workers' Compensation Commission.
Segarra served as mayor of the capital city from 2010 until 2015, when he lost re-election. Segarra has worked since 2016 at the law firm of Shimkus, Murphy and Rosenberg in Hartford. The firm specializes in real estate, zoning, probate and estate administration, personal injury, criminal and other matters.