workers’ compensation News

10 Ways Substance Misuse Affects Workplaces

More than 70 percent  of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a recent survey by the National Safety Council. The survey also found that although 71 percent of employers agree that prescription …

Montana Law Seeking to Privatize $1.6B Workers’ Comp Insurance Fund Tabled

Montana lawmakers on Friday put off further discussion on dismantling and privatizing the state’s massive workers compensation system, saying the task was too daunting to take up in the waning days of the legislative session. Instead, the matter will be …

60% of Workers’ Spinal Fusion Claims Initially Reported as Strains: Study

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

Iowa House Passes Amended Workers’ Comp Overhaul

Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill Thursday to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber …

‘Personal Comfort Doctrine’ Applies to Allow Pennsylvania Amputee’s Workers’ Comp Claim

A Pittsburgh Airport ramp agent, who sustained a serious leg injury that required amputation, should receive workers’ compensation for her injury despite an insurer’s argument that the injury didn’t happen while she was on duty, according to an opinion issued …

Unions Say Iowa Workers’ Comp Bill Limits Job Injury Claims

Dozens of public workers gathered Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol in opposition to a bill that would reduce compensation for getting injured on the job, just weeks after legislators voted to severely limit their collecting bargaining rights. The proposed legislation, …

Illinois Considers Cap on Former Pro Athlete Workers’ Comp

Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier? That issue is being debated between …

Goodyear to Pay $1.75M After Four Workers Die at Virginia Factory

Goodyear will pay $1.75 million to settle workplace health and safety violations at its Danville, Virginia, tire plant where four workers died on the job over the course of a year, officials announced Friday. Goodyear, the United Steelworkers and the …

Washington Construction Firm Fined More Than $200,000 for Repeated Safety Violations

A Puyallup, Wash., construction company faces a large fine for numerous repeated safety violations that exposed workers to potential falls and other hazards at a residential construction site in Olympia. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has …

Proposed Arizona Law Removes Pool Contractor, Workers’ Comp Requirements

A 2002 law enacted to protect consumers after fly-by-night pool contractors ripped off homeowners across metro Phoenix is on the fast-track for repeal under a change pushed as part of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s effort to streamline business regulations. The …