Most job injury costs not paid by workers’ comp

UC DAVIS (US) —Workers’ compensation insurance is not used nearly as much as it should be to cover the multi-billion-dollar price tag for workplace illnesses and injuries in the United States. Instead, almost 80 percent of these costs are paid by employer-provided health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other disability funds, employees, and other … Read more

Businesses that help their injured workers stay on the job may be eligible for reimbursement.

Paying employers to help injured workers stay on the job Stay at Work is one of our financial incentive programs. We reimburse employers for some of their costs when they provide temporary, light-duty jobs for injured workers while they heal. Eligible employers can be reimbursed for: 50% of the base wages they pay to the injured worker. … Read more

Overtime counts toward workers compensation benefits: Oregon court

SALEM, Ore.—For the purpose of determining workers compensation benefits, a claimant’s “regular work” includes overtime, Oregon’s Court of Appeals ruled has ruled. The case of Compensation of Judy A. Cole vs. Thrifty Payless Inc. dba Rite Aid Corp. addresses the claim of a warehouse worker who suffered a back injury.  

Travelers units sued over discounting workers comp medical fees

PORTLAND, Ore.—Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. and several other units of Travelers Cos. Inc. are accused of illegally discounting workers compensation medical fees in a class action lawsuit filed late last week. Lincoln City Physical Therapy L.L.C. says Hartford, Conn.-based Travelers improperly applied discounts for workers comp services offered through various preferred provider organizations. The … Read more

Employers shift disability insurance costs to workers and trim benefits

As many employers try to reduce costs, disability benefits are at the top of the list for cuts and reductions. Is your employer reducing your coverage? Employers are shifting disability insurance costs to workers and trimming or eliminating benefits.