San Jose poised to outsource entire workers’ comp unit

San Jose may outsource the rest of its embattled workers’ compensation unit, which has repeatedly come under fire for problems that largely stem from a lack of staffing and already relies on a third-party contractor to handle about half of all claims. The proposal coming before the City Council on Tuesday would allocate $8.5 million […]

California: Bill would protect bus drivers from being assaulted

Long Beach-area Democratic Rep. Grace Napolitano has introduced a bill that would require transit agencies install protective driver barriers on all buses, draw up plans to ensure bus driver safety and hand over data on operator assaults to the Federal Transit Administration. She says the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority averages about 130 bus […]

California: Ridgecrest council votes to increase workers’ comp budget

The Ridgecrest City Council recently voted to increase appropriations for the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget for workers’ compensation claims by $390,000, to come from the city’s self-insurance fund. According to a staff report, the city clerk has been working with a third party administrator to close long-time workers’ comp claims. Daily Independent

Korea: Injuries during lunch breaks to count as workplace accidents

According to the Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service, employees who get injured while going to and from restaurants during lunch breaks will be able to receive compensation for the accident. The revised regs will provide compensation for workers who get into an accident while moving within a “socially acceptable” distance during lunch hours. Korea […]

New York: Albany sees spike in workers’ comp costs

Workers’ compensation costs for the city of Albany spiked by $912,000 in 2017, but city officials say it could have been worse. The city replaced its workers’ compensation administrator in 2016 after an outside review, and had expected to save the city $250,000 in administrative fees. Albany Times Union