Last week we discussed how 2012 Could Be a Workers’ Comp Reform Year. This week we continue talking about reforms. The state Senate in December held a hearing focusing on the abuse of prescription drugs and children getting access to the medications from their parents’ medicine cabinets. The hearing was not centered on workers’ compensation prescriptions, but Association of California Insurance Companies president Mark Sektnan said increased awareness might attract the attention of lawmakers this year.
As the new year starts rolling, state legislators have been busy introducing workers’ comp legislation, and reports from the Capitol are that this could be the year for employers and labor to work together on a measure that would increase payments to injured workers and include offsetting cost reductions.
While you may think you can write more openly with your managers and supervisors in e-mails, recent legal precedent would beg to differ.
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in April 2011 and the floods that inundated Thailand in September and October caused massive supply chain disruptions the world over due to the many global manufacturers operating in those countries.
If you are confused about the leeway you have – should you want to take action against an employee for publishing derogatory postings about your company or personnel, the National Labor Relations Board has been giving some guidance in a series of opinion letters.
The top 100 workers’ comp insurers writing business in California, filed for an average pure premium rate increase of 2.8% for 2012, according to a the Department of Insurance.
In a case that is noteworthy considering the increased use of narcotic pharmaceuticals to treat injured workers, a state appeals court has ruled that a dependent of an injured worker who overdosed on doctor-prescribed opioid is entitled to workers’ comp death benefits.
This article looks at the most common workplace injuries and how the nature of those injuries has changed during the last decade.