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Drug Use in the Workplace Is Spiking

The good news from a recent study is that opioid use in the workplace is actually going down. Unfortunately, employees continue to use marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine at alarming rates. Employees testing positive for marijuana climbed from 2.4% in 2015 to 2.6%...

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Will the Gig Economy Provide Workers’ Comp?

If states serve as laboratories for future federal policies, South Carolina one that is blazing the trail for workers' comp coverage for the gig economy. Currently, Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services don't provide mandatory workers' compensation for drivers injured...

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Does Provider Choice Lower Costs?

If you think letting your employees choose their workers' comp providers versus a system where the employer controls provider choice makes a significant difference in costs, think again. According to research done by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute,...

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Can Working Faster Cause More Injuries?

According to a recent survey, the answer is unknown. But it does show that task completion takes precedence over safety. The National Safety Council surveyed 2,000 workers in two dozen industries and found that 36% strongly or somewhat agreed that safety was secondary...

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IS TRUMP ACA Going the Way of Work Comp?

While Trumps ACA reform is all the buzz on the "Hill" these days, it does appear that the ACA 2.0 will follow in the foot steps of the evolution of work comp. Originally the The Federal Government wanted employees to have workers' comp protection, but ultimately left...

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Will Active Work Stations Lower Workers’ Comp Costs?

Staffing companies might have to start considering the premium pricing for active work stations. Whether at work or at home, employees are starting to integrate treadmills and ergonomic desks into the workstations. This is an emerging trend with little data to show,...

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Workers’ Comp Is the Exclusive Except When…

It's rare, but it can happen. An injured worker can sue an employer outside the workers' comp system. The exclusive remedy prevents civil suits in exchange for the employer paying all benefits to cover a work related injury. Civil damages will pay much more than a...

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Return-to-Work: Psychosocial Issues Are the Biggest Barrier

The psychosocial impact of injuries can slow down recovery and even delay return-to-work after a workers' comp injury. In fact, psychosocial factors, not medical costs or other treatment factors, are the greatest impediment to injured workers regaining their former...

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Telemedicine: The Next Workers Comp Trend?

Telemedicine may be coming to a state near year. Several legislators in Washington State have introduced SB 5355 expanding the use of telemedicine to improve access to care for injured workers. Currently, SB 5355 is would require the Department of Labor and Industries...

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Marijuana: What To Expect From Trump

For employers, the maze of legal marijuana laws, both medical and recreational, has created potential work hazards and workplace risks. The Trump administration's pronouncements are confusing the matter. During the campaign, he supported states' rights on the issue,...

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