Workers Compensation

New York Farmworkers Get Workers Compensation Protection

On Wednesday, July 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation granting workers compensation to farmworkers in the state. The bill adds a number of additional protections under New York Department of Labor rules, including collective bargaining rights, family medical leave and mandatory time off. Cuomo called the bill “a great achievement” during the signing […]

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New York Workers Comp System Flawed, Says New Report

New York has long been known as one of the nations’ more progressive states. And with both houses of the state legislature now firmly in control of Democrats, progressive new laws tackling everything from climate change to tenant’s rights have been coming out of Albany at a remarkably fast clip. But one area that has […]

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Ohio Workers Comp Budget Stuck on First Responders & PTSD

firefighter standing in front of flames

The Ohio legislature has been debating for months about providing workers compensation benefits for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. But the issue finally seemed resolved early in June, when the State House of Representatives passed a budget allowing first responders affected by PTSD to receive medical care and wage replacement under workers […]

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Federal Judge Upholds Washington Law Protecting Hanford Employees

Photo shows Hanford workers in a toxic cloud

The U.S. government has lost a bid to dismantle a Washington state law that offers “presumptive” workers compensation benefits to injured workers at the now-defunct Hanford nuclear plant. The law was passed in 2018 after a two-year investigation by Seattle’s King 5 News revealed that workers at the site were routinely denied workers compensation benefits […]

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Workers Comp Insurers Preparing for Disasters

Flood waters courtesy of NOAA

With the U.S. heading into another hurricane season, the Midwest digging out from a series of devastating storms, and record heat and potential wildfires blanketing the West Coast, worker’s compensation insurers are ramping up efforts to ensure that beneficiaries continue to receive care and financial compensation when disaster strikes. Following the lead of Boston-based Liberty […]

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Ohio to Phase Out Oxycontin for Workers Comp

Two bottles of OxyContin pills

The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation has ordered the removal of OxyContin and its generic equivalents from it’s workers compensation formulary beginning June 1, 2019. Citing the high potential for “abuse, misuse, addiction and dependence,” the BWC will no longer authorize new prescritpions for the drug, and will require workers who are currently taking it […]

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Keeping Older Workers Safe A Growing Challenge for Employers

Older worker smiling on the job

The U.S. population is aging, and so is the American workforce. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five American workers today is currently over the age of 55. By 2020, that number will be closer to one in four. Further, while the overall rate of on-the-job injuries […]

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