New York Board Proposes 4.5% Workers’ Compensation Rate Decrease

 

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New York businesses could soon see some slight relief in workers’ compensation premiums, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The governor’s office released a statement Monday saying that the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board, a non-governmental rate service organization, has submitted an overall workers’ compensation rate decrease of approximately 4.5 percent for rates beginning Oct. 1, 2017. If approved, the premium decrease equates to a savings New York employers about $400 million this year in workers’ compensation premiums.

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

New York Passes $153B Budget Including Workers’ Comp Reforms

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The New York State Senate in April passed its $153 billion 2017-2018 state budget that includes reforms to workers’ compensation in the state. These reforms serve to help businesses, local governments and not-for-profits save money while also enhancing protections for injured workers.

It is anticipated that the measures will make it more affordable to do business in New York. This is because employers are expected to see savings this year in the form of rebates and hundreds of millions of dollars in ongoing annual savings on premium costs once the reforms are implemented, according to a press release issued by the New York State Senate.

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

NY Businesses to See 4.5% Decrease in Workers Comp Premiums

workers comp suffolk countyThe New York Department of Financial Services has approved the 4.5% workers compensation premium rate decrease recommended by the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board effective Oct. 1, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

The rate decrease was lauded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a way to help businesses cut costs. This is the second consecutive year that the department approved the loss-cost change recommended by the rating board’s Actuarial Committee, the board said in its statement.

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

NFL Teams Defeat Painkiller Lawsuit Arguing Comp Exclusivity Exception

Three National Football League teams prevailed in a lawsuit brought by former players that alleged the teams intended to injure them by using medications to conceal their injuries and allow them to continue playing while injured.

The lawsuit argued that the underlying claims should be exceptions to workers compensation exclusivity because they were triggered by intentional acts by the teams, team doctors and trainers, according to documents in Etopia Evans, et al. vs. Arizona Cardinals Football Club L.L.C., et al.

The ruling handed down Friday puts an end to a larger case that included claims by 13 former professional football players against all 32 NFL football clubs alleging misuse of painkillers and other drugs.

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Woman Who Stole Nearly $40,000 In Workers’ Comp Benefits Sentenced; To Pay Full Restitution

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the sentencing of a Kentucky woman who stole nearly $40,000 in Worker’s’ Compensation benefits meant for her long-deceased mother who was a former Orange-Ulster BOCES employee.

Sheryl A. Colson (aka Sheryl McClure), 47, of Kline Trail in New Concord, Kentucky, was sentenced in Orange County Court today to five years of probation supervision and full restitution after serving more than six months in the county jail. The sentencing stems from her guilty plea in May to the indicted charge of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a felony. She was arrested in Kentucky in January this year, extradited to New York, and pleaded guilty in Orange County Court as part of a disposition that included the requirement she pay full restitution of $39,850.

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Generic Drugs Trend Upward in Workers Compensation

 

Generic drug prescribing and use continues to trend upward in workers compensation, according to a report recently released by Coventry Workers Comp Services.

The report, which is the second installment of the 2016 Drug Trends Series, examines data from managed and unmanaged prescriptions in injured worker populations from 2015-2016. Analyzing both cost and utilization, the report shows continued reliance on generic medications that outpaces brand-name products, although market trends for both prescription groups differentiate.

Additionally, generic drug prescriptions demonstrated an overall upswing compared to brand-name medications, which exhibited a decline in both cost and utilization among both groups.

For the full story and more information on this subject, click here to visit PharmacyTimes.com


Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

California Workers’ Compensation System Plagued by High Costs and Fraud

 

The progressive era of California government a century ago spawned many innovative reforms, among them a “grand compromise” between the state’s workers and their employers.

Under “workers’ compensation,” enacted in 1914, workers would give up their right to sue employers for injuries and in return, employers would be obligated to pay for medical care and provide cash benefits while disabled employees recuperated.

Today, work comp, as it’s dubbed, is a huge program — well over $20 billion a year — whose operating rules are a source of perennial political jousting. Five major stakeholder groups – employers, insurers, labor unions, medical care providers and lawyers who specialize in work comp cases – maneuver incessantly behind the scenes.

Fore more information and the full story from Dan Walters on Bakersfield.com, click here.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Area Counties Share $15M in Rebates from Workers’ Compensation

Employers in Washington County along with other counties in the region are receiving nearly $15 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The checks began going out earlier this week.

“There’s a lot of money going back to employers in Ohio. In fact, it’s around $1 billion,” said Melissa Vince, spokeswoman for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. “We work hard to provide that workers’ compensation for employers both private and public in Ohio.”

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ comp leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ comp, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Appeals court overturns $43.5 million verdict to injured construction worker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appeals court says injury wasn’t intentional

A state appeals court in Houston overturned a $43.5 million jury verdict for a construction superintendent who lost one of his legs after a crane collapsed.

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals ruled this week that Tyler Lee was not entitled to receive the $43.5 million  awarded two years ago because the health care and income replacement benefits provided through no-fault Texas workers compensation insurance is the sole remedy for non-fatal workplace accidents.

Read the full story from Chron, here.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Include workers’ comp drugs to fight addiction

According to the state Department of Health, 10 Pennsylvanians die every day due to an opioid or heroin overdose. In 2015, more than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from an overdose of opioid drugs.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that 27 percent of people who abuse prescription pain medications receive them through a doctor’s prescription.

A June 2016 study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute brought to light the significant overprescribing of drugs in Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system. The results were stunning. Of the 25 states reviewed, Pennsylvania had the third-highest amount of opioids prescribed per injured worker, and the second-highest number of opioid pills prescribed per claim in non-surgical cases.

For more information, read the full story from The Times Tribune.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

America Should Look to Texas as a Model for Workers Compensation

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Texas makes everybody better off by reducing government intervention in their lives. Because of this success, other states emulate the Lone Star state. Then proponents of big government in Washington, D.C. get nervous and start attacking Texans as impractical ideologues that don’t care about workers, the poor, or people in general.

This same scenario was playing out a few months ago with Texas’ unique system of helping injured workers. The assault on this market by the U.S. Department of Labor under the previous administration would hurt Texas workers if it is allowed to continue. As it is doing in other areas, the new Labor Department leadership should put a stop to previous efforts to take over worker compensation systems in Texas as well as in other states.

Read the rest of the story from The Hill, here.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Ohio Proposes $1B Workers Comp Rebate to Employers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio’s private and public employers could receive a $1 billion rebate in worker compensation costs under a plan proposed by the state.

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today proposed the $1 billion rebate , the third such rebate since 2013.

If approved by BWC’s Board of Directors, the proposed rebate, along with previous rebates, credits and rate reductions, would total $6.3 billion the agency has saved Ohio employers in workers’ compensation costs since the start of 2011.

For more information and details, read the rest of the story from Dayton Daily News here.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: 914.694.6000

Study Shows Michigan has Largest Opioid Decrease in Work Comp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new study shows Michigan had the largest decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed per workers’ compensation claims between 2009-15. According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), the 37 percent decrease was due, in large part, to the Workers’ Compensation Agency’s (WCA) amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Health Care Services rules and fee schedule.

“Opioid abuse is a major concern in our state, especially for those who are hurt on the job,” said WCA Director Mark Long. “The WCA is focused on keeping injured Michigan workers healthy by reducing potential addiction problems.”

For more information and to read the full story from workerscompensation.com, click here.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

Contractors to see lower workers’ comp premiums

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Largely because of their improved safety records, contractors will get a break for a second year in a row on the premiums they pay for workers’ comp.

The Worker’s Compensation Ratings Bureau announced earlier this month that construction companies will see their workers’ compensation premiums drop by 8.28 percent on average starting on Oct. 1

For more detail and information check out the full story here, from dailyreporter.com


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

UBER Still Doesn’t Get it: Company Docs Reveal Flimsy Plan For Injured Workers

 

John was cruising down a near-empty Dallas highway when a speeding car rear-ended him at over 65 miles per hour. His body lunged forward, but in the moment, he didn’t think he was seriously hurt; with his adrenaline pumping, John just felt a bit “shaken up.” A veteran Uber driver, he pulled over to the shoulder, exchanged information with the other driver—who, it later emerged, lacked active insurance—and reassured his passenger they’d be at their destination soon.

Unlike many taxi drivers, Uber drivers are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. That means when drivers like John are hurt on the job, and unable to go back to work full-time, they won’t receive a portion of their salary during recovery—and they often have to rely on their own health insurance to pay medical bills.

“I didn’t even think about getting workers’ compensation,” John said. “Uber wasn’t paying for anything.” John knew what many drivers know: that Uber fights tooth and nail in courts and in front of labor boards from New York to California to classify its drivers as independent contractors, in part to avoid having to pay for workers’ compensation payouts to its more than 300,000 drivers, a workforce comparable to major employers like Home Depot and Target.

For the full story from The Intercept, click here.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York (Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County) then contact the Friedlander Group at: (914) 694-6000

State Push to Adopt Workers Comp Formularies Sees Mixed Results

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Recent state efforts to adopt drug formularies in workers compensation have experienced obstacles despite evidence that they can produce good results for states grappling with opioid addiction and reduce prescription costs, according to experts.

Louisiana, for example, ranked second in the strength of doses among 25 states studied for injured-worker opioid prescriptions, according to Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 2016 figures. Yet legislative efforts to pass a drug formulary failed in early June when the state Senate did not place the issue on its calendar for consideration before the end of the legislative session.

For more details and information, read the full story from Business Insurance.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: 914.694.6000

Illinois Workers Comp Reform Passes Senate

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The Illinois Senate passed two pieces of workers compensation reform legislation Friday that some say could reduce the cost of workers compensation insurance for Illinois employers and introduce market competition.

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Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: 914.694.6000

Empathetic Employers Reduce Workers’ Compensation Claims

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An advocacy-based approach to workers’ compensation claims focuses on employees, not just costs

Kindness really does pay. In fact, when it comes to injured employees, kindness can greatly reduce the cost of workers’ compensation claims.

Employers often overlook, undervalue, or interact poorly with the injured employees. These habits can lead to workers’ compensation lawsuits; longer wait times for employees to return to work, and reduction in productivity. These all have a negative impact on the employer’s bottom line.

To read further and get more information, read the full story from PR Newswire


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: 914.694.6000

Injured Workers Across 15 States Never Get Substantial Return to Work

Injured Workers Face Obstacles When Trying to Return to Work

Between 10 percent and 18 percent of injured workers across 15 states never manage a substantial return to work after an injury.

That’s according to research from “Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, 2016 Interviews,” a multiyear study effort by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. Six state studies in the project have just been released, comparing outcomes for injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin and nine other states.

For details & full information on this article, get the full story at Benefits Pro.


Friedlander Group is the workers’ compensation leader in New York. If you have any questions pertaining to retail, wholesale, restaurant, hotel/motel, oil dealer, social service, or residential care workers’ compensation, and have a business in New York: Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, or Dutchess County, NY, contact Friedlander Group at: 914.694.6000

New York City Law Gives Fast Food Workers Scheduling Rights

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New State Law Will Effect Over 65,000 Fast Food Employees

New York on Tuesday became the third and largest major U.S. city to guarantee a measure of scheduling smoothness to fast food workers, whose lives are often disrupted by last-minute changes based on their employers’ manpower needs. Continue reading

Family Time Matters To New Dads

In 2017, Family Time Matters To New Fathers

As the Golden State Warriors celebrated their NBA championship under a blizzard of golden confetti, Steph Curry took a victory lap around the court, hoisting not a game ball, but his little girl…  Continue reading

Supreme Court tightens rules on where companies can be sued

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tightened rules on where injury lawsuits may be filed, handing a victory to corporations by undercutting the ability of plaintiffs to bring claims in friendly courts in a case involving Texas-based BNSF Railway Co.

The justices, in a 8-1 ruling, threw out a lower court decision in Montana allowing out-of-state residents to sue there over injuries that occurred anywhere in BNSF’s nationwide network. State courts cannot hear claims against companies when they are not based in the state or the alleged injuries did not occur there, the justices ruled… Continue reading

NY Municipal Employee Sentenced To Pay $15,000 Restitution And Serve 3 Years Probation For Workers’ Comp Fraud

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced that a City of Amsterdam employee was sentenced to probation supervision and to pay restitution for defrauding the Workers’ Compensation system and stealing benefits to which he was not entitled.

William Forte, 51, of Coolidge Road, Amsterdam, a seasonal maintenance worker for the city, pleaded guilty Amsterdam City Court to the Workers’ Compensation crime of Attempted Fraudulent Practices. As part of the plea, Forte was sentenced today to three years of probation supervision and to pay $15,000 in restitution. Continue reading

Workers’ Comp Insurers Unfazed by TRIA Failure… – Insurance Journal, 2015

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Workers’ Comp Insurers Unfazed by TRIA Failure For Now But Expect Quick Fix

At Friedlander Group Inc. in Purchase, New York, which manages safety groups underwritten by the New York State Insurance Fund, Adam Friedlander, president, said currently nothing is happening differently in the marketplace.

“If we didn’t read about the TRIA expiration, we wouldn’t know it happened, based upon the marketplace being business as usual,” he said.

Friedlander said that he has not seen any impact related to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) endorsement that limits the scope of workers’ compensation coverage in case TRIA expires.

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