November 2011: Workers’ Comp Advisory

The prescription for keeping WorkComp costs down is finding the right physician
The initial medical care an injured employee receives can make or break the outcome… Read more.

Workers’ Comp ‘grim market means rate hikes for many states
Years of rate and premium decreases, rising medical costs, diminishing payrolls and a recent growth in the number of claims have propelled rates to increase in many states and the future outlook is bleak… Read more.

Nine ways to reduce the #1 cause of workplace injuries
Over one-quarter of all workplace injuries are musculoskeletal disorders. Employers can control the problem with minimal cost… Read more.

OSHA Watch

  • New publications on employer rights and responsibilities, workers’ rights, respiratory protection standard, trenching and excavation safety, laboratory safety and seasonal flu
  • Aerial lift fall protection letter rescinded
  • Recent fines and awards
  • Read more.

Legal Corner

  • Woman eligible for benefits although injury reported after 21-day notice requirement – PA
  • Company policy trumps Workers’ Comp law in injury reporting – TN
  • False documentation bars employee from recovery – CA
  • Employer cannot require second medical evaluation – TN
  • Decision highlights consequences of misclassifying employees as independent contractors – MA
  • Exclusive remedy challenged – NE
  • Read more.

Things You Should Know

  • NLRB postponed posting date from Nov. 14 to Jan. 31, 2012
  • DOL, IRS and states partner to crack down on misclassifications
  • Health care costs rise 9% in 2011
  • Smoking analysis identifies areas of risk
  • Read more.

CASE STUDY

The case of the big 4 claims
How $400,000 in claim costs was averted with proper management…Read more.

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