US workers compensation industry will continue to be profitable this year

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Fitch data showed that the market remained strong throughout 2017 with positive 2018 performance. New Fitch Ratings data shows that the US workers compensation industry did well last year and may continue to see underwriting profits this year. The data from last year until now shows a trend of strong performance, though that could change. Last year’s strong US workers compensation performance represented the third consecutive year following that trend. The industry statutory combined ratio was around 92 percent, said Fitch Ratings data. The recent Fitch Ratings report showed that…

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Nine Californian Restaurants receive workers compensation fines

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Restaurants in one state county received over $200,000 in admin fines for failing to cover employees. Nine restaurants in California are now facing substantial workers compensation fines for failing to adequately cover their employees. The fines were the result of a joint enforcement strike force investigation in Contra Costa County. The strike force issued over $200,000 in total administrative workers compensation fines. The fines were issued to the Contra Costa County restaurants for failing to cover their employees according to state laws. The investigators were from the California Department of…

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Louisiana workers compensation sees few claims but high costs

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Employees in the state are less likely to be injured than in any other place across the country. The Louisiana workers compensation program functions in a curious way. Despite the fact that employees in the state are less likely to be injured than those in any other state, the coverage still comes with high costs. The costs of workers compensation insurance in the state have been steadily falling for years. Comparing the cost of Louisiana workers compensation clearly shows that the actual costs are dropping. In fact, this has been…

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Berkshire-owned workers compensation insurance scam case reaches settlement

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Applied Underwriters, a Berkshire Hathaway owned firm, was ordered to cease bait-and-switch marketing. Applied Underwriters, an insurer owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to a workers compensation insurance case settlement. The agreement involves providing Californian consumers with full disclosure about the product. The insurance company’s goal is to start selling plans again following a state review of alleged abuses. A major component of the settlement requires Applied Underwriters “to stop the bait-and-switch marketing tactics.” Many employers registered complaints from having been sold workers compensation insurance through bait-and-switch tactics.…

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Pennsylvania workers compensation rates to be reduced

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The state will be slashing back these insurance rates by 5.99 percent, beginning with the start of April. Pennsylvania has announced that it will be reducing its rates for workers compensation by 5.99 percent, and that this new level will become effective as of April 1, in a decision that is hoped to provide businesses with a considerable savings. In fact, the Wolf administration has said that the savings to businesses has been estimated at $140 million. The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, explained that “These rate reductions will go…

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Workers compensation bill introduced by Tennessee lawmakers

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Should it become a law, it could provide an alternative to the state-mandated offering, within the free market. Tennessee Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), who is also the vice chair of the state Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, and who is also a physician, introduced a bill with Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin), the House Majority Whip, which was designed to create an alternative to the state-mandated workers compensation insurance and that would be sold in the free market. This new Tennessee Option has been created based on the design and models…

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Louisiana workers compensation to lower its rates

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This form of insurance is set to decrease by 5 percent within 2014, which will certainly be welcome. Jim Donelon, the state commissioner has now announced that Louisiana workers compensation rates will be decreasing as of May 1, 2014, by an average of 5.1 percent. The decrease was approved by the commissioner following a recommendation by the NCCI. He gave the nod to the reduced Louisiana workers compensation rates after the National Council on Compensation Insurance made its recommendation for a 5 percent reduction as a result of notably improved…

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Workers compensation board in Alaska moves to lower costs

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Last week, they were seeking input from the public in order to gain ideas to reduce the rising expenses. The Alaska Workers Compensation board reached out to the public last week to help them to build ideas and receive the input of residents to be able to more effectively manage the rising costs associated with the coverage. Meetings were held by the board members in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, and Kenai. The opportunity was taken in those locations to help to gain ideas to help to stem the rising costs associated…

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Workers Compensation Bureau issues advice for National Safety Month

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Employees who work outdoors are reminded to pay attention to the risks to which they are exposed. As summer gets ever nearer, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has issued a reminder to employees who work outdoors to recognize National Safety Month and take precautions against the various exposures to the elements that their jobs entail. The National Safety Month runs throughout the length of June and is sponsored by the National Safety Council. The workers compensation bureau in the state is reminding employees of the impact that issues…

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Ohio businesses may see major returns from workers compensation program

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$1 billion in workers compensation dividends to be distributed in Ohio Ohio businesses may be receiving significant dividends from the state’s workers compensation fund this month. Governor John Kasich is keen to see funds returned to employers after returns from the workers’ compensation fund were higher than had been expected. These returns are now before the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, which will determine whether they are necessary or not. If the agency approved of the dividends, more than $1 billion in funds could be returned to employers throughout the…

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