August 2011: Workers’ Comp Advisory

Employers reluctant to close claims with Medicare set-asides
Medicare set-aside funding requirements for closing cases with prescription drug expenses are causing employers to rethink the conventional wisdom of closing cases early… Read More.

Seven ways employers can help win litigated cases

Employers can play an important role in assisting attorneys who are trying contested Workers’ Comp cases… Read More.

Targeting the predominant health risks in your workforce saves money
Understanding the prevalence of high-risk health factors among your workforce along with their related costs is an effective way to identify health challenges and set priorities… Read More.

Three hurdles to effective job accommodation
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) studies on the costs and benefits of job accommodations for people with disabilities show that there are three major hurdles to effective job accommodation solutions… Read More.

OSHA Watch

  • OSHA using willful penalties to shame employers
  • OSHA warns of hazards associated with scissor lifts
  • New report on carcinogens may affect employer Hazard Communication Programs
  • Directive regarding commercial diving operations
  • Recent fines
  • Read More.

Legal Corner

  • Husband of obese worker who died at the her desk entitled to Workers’ Comp survivors benefits – New Jersey
  • Paying Workers’ Comp benefits for uninsured sub does not protect contractor from being sued – Massachusetts
  • Injuries incurred at work during tornado not entitled to benefits – Alabama
  • Spouse of police forensic scientist who committed suicide receives benefits – New York
  • Lack of return to work release fails to prove disability – No. Carolina
  • Read More.

Case Study

Health care organization lowers comp costs by proactive claims management
Open claims are often a source of unnecessary costs… Read More.

Things you should know

  • EEOC warns employers about combining personal and occupational health records
  • New York State’s Workers’ Comp loss-cost rate to rise an average 9.1%
  • NORA outlines risks among hotel housekeeping staff
  • CDC: Workplace lead exposures decline
  • Read More.