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April 20, 2017

Studies find a strong correlation between long periods of sitting and elevated risk of illness or injuryJust Stand .org, MN

COTA calls for changes to Tasmanian workers compensation lawsThe Advocate, AUS

April 18, 2017

State workers’ comp bureaus taking measures to battle opioid addictionCaitlin Morgan, OH

Bill would require private companies to give workers paid sick leaveLas Vegas Review-Journal, NV

April 15, 2017

Christy Clark’s high heel ban helps, but B.C. podiatrist still sees pressure to wear spikesCBC News, BC

April 12, 2017

Wildfire evacuation highlights growing use of tracking workers using RFIDOHS Canada, CAN

Alberta’s labour minister to consider mandatory high heel ban in the workplaceMetro Toronto, ON

April 7, 2017

B.C. regulation means employers can’t require women to where high heels to workThe Western Star, NL

Panel passes expansion of workers compensation for mental health injuriesVT Digger, VT

March 31, 2017

New York fails non-English speaking workers in comp hearings: StudyBusiness Insurance, CA

Report: Workers’ compensation claims continue to dropOHS News, AUS

March 30, 2017

P.E.I. widow awarded benefits after husband’s death linked to workplace bullyingCBC News, PEI

TransLink demonstrates new barriers to protect bus driversGlobal News, BC

Data science to play growing role in claims handling, executives sayBusiness Insurance, USA

Want to reduce lost time claims? It pays to be niceProperty Casualty 360, NY

March 29, 2017

Autistic employees make inroads as companies embrace “neurodiversity” – Canadian Business, CAN

March 28, 2017

Saskatchewan’s time-loss injury rate lowest in 64 yearsCanadian Occupational Safety, CAN

Police and firefighters flex political muscle as workers’ comp bill stallsLexington Herald Leader, KY

Conversation continues around alternative comp modelsBusiness Insurance, USA

March 23, 2017

Queensland steps up support in battle against black lungMining Weekly, AUS

March 21, 2017

Workers Compensation Board wants businesses to develop policy for use of potRegina Leader Post, SK

‘We have a lot of decisions to make': Workplace safety advocate urges caution over legal potSaskatoon Star Phoenix, SK

March 19, 2017

Should your insurance company pay for medical marijuana? Judges are starting to rule that wayAlterNet, CA

March 17, 2017

New Era Cap finds savings, healthier morale in workplace wellnessThe Buffalo News, NY

High heel bill sees sky-high support from industry and politiciansMy Prince George Now, BC

Workers’ compensation claims offer insight into seafood processing injuries in OregonMedical Xpress, OR

March 15, 2017

‘Demand remains strong’ for high film production insurance limits in Canada: ChubbCanadian Underwriter, ON

Eye-opening lesson on workplace safety for Okanagan studentsGlobal News, BC

Top lawmakers back workers’ comp coverage for mental healthVT Digger, VT

March 13, 2017

Asbestos leading cause of worker deaths in province: WorkSafe BC - Kamloops This Week, BC

Health-care workers face ‘epidemic of violence’Toronto Star, ON

Overuse of Physical Therapy a Growing Pain Point for Workers’ Comp CostsWorkforce, IL

March 9, 2017

Bill would allow women working in B.C. restaurants to refuse to wear high heelsCBC News, BC

Senate approves measure easing workers’ compensation burden on churchesOhio County Monitor, OH

March 7, 2017

Richmond students get job safety warningRichmond News, BC

British Columbia adds 3 cancers to list of firefighters’ illnesses eligible for coverageCanadian HR Reporter, CAN

Paduda: Opioid use in work comp has dropped — and cannabis does reduce chronic painWork Comp Central, CA

March 6, 2017

Changes to Workers Compensation Act help firefightersTimes Colonist, BC

B.C. firefighter responded to an accident and never recovered; his suicide has been ruled death in the line of dutyNational Post, CAN

Philadelphia Eagles sacked by Pa. court for failing to pay workers comp to injured playerPenn Live, PA

March 2, 2017

Awareness of mine dust effects gaining steamTimmins Press, ON

Workers’ compensation could pay if Obamacare replacement falls shortInsurance Journal, CA

Alternatives to opioids in chronic painSafety National Casualty Corp., MO

March 1, 2017

Workers’ Compensation: 10 more issues to watch for 2017Property Casualty 360, NY

3 Perspectives on the opioid wrisis in WCLinkedIN, USA

February 28, 2017

Dozens of First Responders from across Ontario show support for new local PTSD Treatment CentreLondon Free Press, ON

Video conferencing service offered for injured workersBusiness Insurance, MI

February 23, 2017

Bailey’s anti-asbestos Bill passes second readingBlackburn News, ON

With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefitsInsurance Journal, CA

February 22, 2017

How technology is changing Workers’ CompensationInsurance Journal, CA

In the weeds on marijuana and Workers’ CompensationWorkers’ Compensation Institute, FL

Workers’ comp commissioners to carry concealed handguns without permit: New billAugusta Free Press, VA

The silent struggle plaguing Central Queensland’s workersDaily Mercury, AUS

Inside Uber’s aggressive, unrestrained workplace cultureThe New York Times, USA

February 21, 2017

Peluso’s lawyer says he’ll call Lamoriello, Bettman to testify in trialTSN, CAN

Couriers covered by WSIB benefitsFasken Martineau DuMoulin, ON

Violence on the rise: BC Corrections releases new stats on prison violenceBCGEU, BC

Gray’s bill helps eliminate $59 million in workers’ comp fraudMerced Sun-Star, CA

After dozens of lawsuits over many years, strippers still fighting for employee statusLas Vegas Sun, NV

February 17, 2017

How to enrol your farm workers in WCBGrainews, MB

Why should you enrol your farm in WCB?Grainews, MB

Being a tattoo artist is a pain in the neck, study findsOhio State University, OH

Taking a hit: are US athletes’ rights being eroded?The Guardian, UK

February 16, 2017

NHLPA joins fight against change to Illinois workers’ compensation lawTSN, CAN

Uber and the battle over workers’ compIWP, USA

Lawmakers look to create new drug-prescribing guidelinesWITF, PA

February 14, 2017

Chiropractic care could reduce workers compensation costs, study suggestsCBC News, NL

The transformation of workers’ comp transportationPRIMA Blog, VA

February 10, 2017

Costs of productivity loss due to occupational cancer in Canada: estimation using claims data from Workers’ Compensation BoardsHealth Economics Review, NY

Canada: Northern ExposureAlexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, BC

What does a British court battle mean for workers’ rights in the gig economy?Christian Science Monitor, MA

Advocates for wounded officers hope Burrows bills will provide reliefLubbock Avalanche-Journal, TX

Vital Signs: Noise-induced hearing loss among adults — United States 2011–2012Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GA

February 9, 2017

Avalanche Safety with WorkSafeBCCFJC Midday, BC

February 8, 2017

OPSB applauds provincial PTSD effortsOrillia Packet and Times, ON

New Jersey may limit opioid prescribingBusiness Insurance, IL

NC Industrial Commission forms Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task ForceWorkCompWire, USA

MLS players union speaks out against workers’ comp billBleacher Report, USA

Comp bill for nuclear workers could spur proposals in other statesBusiness Insurance, IL

February 7, 2017

When a hospital patient becomes violentWhite Coat, Black Art (CBC Radio), CAN

Opinion: Bailey bill would ban asbestos in OntarioSarnia This Week, ON

Colorado releases comprehensive guide for marijuana industry, including workplace hazards like fires and explosionsDenverite, CO

Reform or distraction: Chicago sports teams seek workers comp changes for athletes in budget dealCook County Record, IL

Is a football player’s concussion an intentional injury? Arena football says No – Law in Sport, UK

February 5, 2017

If you can’t stand the heat, what happens if you can’t get out of the kitchen?The Canberra Times, AUS

Bedford firefighters to get blood test for early cancer detectionStar Telegram, TX

February 4, 2017

Labor chief blasts 100-hour OT limit as impossibly high at work reform panelThe Japan Times, JPN

NFLPA chief blasts Bears for seeking workers’ comp changes other Chicago teams supportChicago Tribune, IL

The NFLPA will tell free agents not to sign with Bears if new bill passes in IllinoisThe Comeback, USA

February 3, 2017

Political football: Bears battle players union over workers’ compChicago Sun Times, IL

Former NFL players push for legal pot as painkiller alternativeProperty Casualty 360, NY

February 2, 2017

Toronto fire captain is opening a centre in Rodney to treat first responders with PTSDLondon Free Press, ON

Ontario Uber drivers launch class action in bid to be considered employeesBenefits Canada, CAN

Mock award insults farm workers: unionMedicine Hat News, AB

As Super Bowl approaches a former NBA player reflects on cumulative injuryInsurance Journal, CA

Gig economy traveling faster than comp insurers can keep upBusiness Insurance, IL

In the weeds on marijuana and workers’ compensationSedgewick, TN

February 1, 2017

Workers’ Compensation Data Analytics: Why stewardships matter to your Workers’ Compensation programPMA Companies, PA

Proposed bill places workers’ comp fraud in criminal codeThe Register Mail, IL

January 31, 2017

Doctors say stereotyping of illegitimate workers compensation is shining an unfair light on themBluffton Today, SC

January 30, 2017

B.C. Court of Appeal overturns ruling that laws protecting asbestos removal workers were too complex to enforceVancouver SUN, BC

January 29, 2017

Orangeville police officer receives prestigious John Walker AwardOrangeville Banner, ON

Farm worker safety study yields bilingual education materialThe Horse, KY

January 27, 2017

WSIB makes formulary public and searchableBenefits Canada, QC

Employers told to pay attention as sexist, racist, discrimination cases increasingVancouver Sun, BC

Former Lion Arland Bruce carrying through with his concussion-related lawsuitEdmonton Journal, AB

Ontario’s best safety strategies buried in a mass of dataDaily Commercial News, ON

Court: Local agencies can be liable for asbestos exposureThe Legal Intelligencer, PA

Presumptive comp bill introduced for nuclear site workersBusiness Insurance, CA

January 26, 2017

‘Potential risk of serious injury or death in avalanche terrain’: WorkSafeBCGlobal News, CAN

Making Workers’ Compensation Great Again: How will Trump’s presidency affect the industry?, USA

Proposed fund would pay worker’s comp for negligent employersThe Gazette, CO

Bill would let workers’ comp cases pick own doctorsGreat Falls Tribune, MT

January 25, 2017

City of Edmonton workplace safety under independent reviewEdmonton Journal, AB

New legislation from Governor Walker aims to improve workers’ compensation in AlaskaKTUU, AK

Hawai’i Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company celebrates 20 years of helping people get back to work – and life – HEMIC, HI

Robots and the future of workers’ compRadius Insurance Insights, CA

January 24, 2017

Nova Scotia’s deadliest industry slowly becomes saferCBC News, NS

Aging Canadian workforce means changes to occupational health and safety programsJournal of Commerce, BC

State senate proposal would end disability benefits for pro athletes at age 35Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, IL

January 23, 2017

Analytics at heart of workers’ comp cost containmentClaims Journal, USA

ND House: Workers’ comp can’t be used for medical marijuanaInForum, ND

January 22, 2017

First responders call for national strategy to tackle PTSD crisisTimes Colonist, BC

Editorial: Workers’ comp reforms must be fair to workersChicago Sun Times, IL

January 20, 2017

Report calls for new safety measures in N.S. emergency roomsCTV News Atlantic, NS

Report calls for safety and security assessments of all community ERsCBC News, NS

What’s in store for workers’ comp under the Trump administration?Benefit News, NY

January 17, 2017

SAFETY: Ontario meets zero fatality goal in 2016Canadian Mining Journal, CAN

Industry Voices: New WorkSafeBC regulations for Joint OH&S CommitteesJournal of Commerce, BC

Suicides on the subway tracks are driving up employee absenteeism, TTC saysCBC News, ON

Return to Work Survey finds: Australian workers losing confidence in worker’s compensation processSat Press Releases, ASUS

January 14, 2017

Bill proposes delaying parts of new ND medical marijuana lawInforum, ND

A legal fight in New York could cause big headaches for UberBuzzFeed News, USA

January 13, 2017

Injured federal worker’s lawsuit against employers can proceedCanadian Underwriter, CDA

What emerging issues in workers’ compensation and OH&S are on your watch list?Workers’ Compensation Perspectives, CDA

Chamber wants a workers’ compensation fixTallahassee Democrat, FL

January 11, 2017

Businesses spend more than $1 Billion (US) a week on serious, nonfatal workplace injuriesEHS Today, OH

Ex-workers at Microsoft claim jobs monitoring child porn, abuse caused PTSDThe Seattle Times, WA

January 10, 2017

Arizona firefighters want 10 more types of cancer added to workers’ comp coverageKTAR News, AZ

Mental health mayday: fishermen want more support after deaths at seaCBC News, NS

Workers’ Comp Docket: Significant workers’ comp legal decisions from around the countryRisk and Insurance, PA

January 8, 2017

Preventing chronic pain in the workplace would go long way in solving prescription opioid, CDA

Census: Most work-related deaths in Arkansas linked to transportationTimes Record, AK

N.J. man’s medical marijuana should be paid by workers’ comp, judge, NJ

Injured worker challenges part of 2013 workers’ comp rewriteThe Oklahoman, OK

January 5, 2017

A year after Bill 6, farm workers WCB claims more than doubleCalgary SUN, AB

New rule proposed to modernize medical benefits payments under Black Lung actThe Times, KY

January 3, 2017

Leading With Empathy: How data analytics uncovered claimants’ fearsYahoo Finance, USA

Employers try a dose of kindness to encourage injured workersBusiness Insurance, CA

Business Forum: This on-site clinic is saving a Minnesota manufacturer big moneyStar Tribune, MN


December 25, 2016

B.C. could become national leader in asbestos controlVancouver SUN, BC

NHL team ‘wrongfully withheld’ documents in brain-injury caseThe Sports Network, CAN

After 10-year Legal Battle, a Victory for Undocumented Workers Injured on the JobAmerican Civil Liberties Union, USA

December 20, 2016

WCB Nova Scotia laying out plan for modernizationHerald News, NS

New bill aids Saskatchewan workers suffering from psychological injuriesSaskatoon Star Phoenix, SK

New research shows impact of underlying conditions on workers’ compensation claimsProperty Casualty, USA

December 19, 2016

The troubling side of the new economyThe New Daily, AUS

Are Opioids & Big Business Killing Workers’ Comp? (Video)The American Law Journal, VA

Study: Cumulative Trauma Claims in California Comp Affected by AttorneysInsurance Journal, CA

December 18, 2016

Fatal echoes: Firefighters protect us., but who protects them?La Crosse Tribune, WI

Study Verifies Workers’ Comp Best PracticesOnSite Phisio, FL

December 15, 2016

Federal Government Aiming For Full Asbestos Ban By 2018VOCM, NL

December 14, 2016

WSIB: Working for Injured Workers – TVO, The Agenda, ON

Postmates speaks out on dispute with Washington state over workers’ comp paymentsGeekWire, WA

December 13, 2016

Provincial Government Introduces Presumptive Cancer Coverage for FirefightersService NL, NL

CEOs have vital, but indirect, influence on safety, finds researchCanadian Occupational Safety, CAN

Quick Facts: Slips, Trips and FallsNational Floor Safety Institute, TX

December 12, 2016

N.L. premier to unveil details of cancer care plan for firefightersCBC News Newfoundland & Labrador, NL

Bailey Bill calls for ban of asbestosBlackburn News, ON

Supreme Court ends fight over $1 billion NFL concussion dealReuters, USA

December 11, 2016

Lawsuit seeks to extend overtime pay for Washington farm workersYakima Herald, WA

Rutland teachers criticize response to injuries from studentsVTDigger, VT

Student-teacher incidents hard to trackThe Barre Montpelier Times Argus, VT

December 9, 2016

Compensation board issues another rebate, but adjusts ratesWhitehorse Daily Star, YK

Further investigation unnecessary in many workers’ comp casesThe Legal Intelligencer, NY

December 8, 2016

When it comes to coverage for bicycle and foot couriers, WSIB deliversLexology, ON

Workers’ compensation pilot would expedite opioid-related casesBeacon Hill Patch, MA

Governor Baker unveils workers’ comp. pilot for opioid-related casesCape Cod Today, MA

Advocacy-based models, analytics highlight best practices used by successful workers’ comp firmsClaims Journal, NY

December 7, 2016

Ottawa urged to ban asbestos immediately amid new dataThe Globe and Mail, CAN

Workers’ comp claims analysis illustrates impact of comorbidities on outcomesPhysical Therapy Products, KS

December 5, 2016

Farming remains No. 1 career killer in ManitobaCBC News, MB

Jeanie Dendys appointed Yukon Minister Responsible for Workers Compensation Health and Safety BoardCBC North, YK

Recalling the Forgotten Provision of the ‘Grand Bargain’Workers’ Compensation Watch, NE

December 2, 2016

Proposed bill would guarantee coverage for B.C. first responders: MLACTV News, BC

City of Waterloo throws water on firefighter liability concernsWaterloo Chronicle, ON

December 1, 2016

Yellowknife resident named Northwest Territories’ next workers’ advisorMy Yellowknife Now, NWT

Florida appeals court allows workers’ compensation premium hike to take effectFlorida Politics, FL

Baltimore Fire Department attributes $300,000 savings in workers’ compensation claims to drive cam programFOX News, BA

November 29, 2016

Report: California Workers’ Comp Reforms Saving $1.3B AnnuallyInsurance Journal, CA

Minister Commends WorkplaceNL on Assessment Rate AnnouncementHouse of Assembly, NL

Stay at Work Program hits major milestones — more than 20,000 workers helpedWashington State Department of Labor & Industries, WA

November 28, 2016

Workers’ Compensation rate cut good for economy, council saysThe Telegram, NL

Workers’ Compensation Expert Praises Reforms, Red Tape Reduction, KY

WA Police to make workers’ compensation an election issueABC News, AUS

November 27, 2016

Judge Halts Florida’s 14.5% Workers’ Compensation Hike Set for Dec. 1Insurance Journal, CA

How Data Analytics Helps to Control Workers’ Comp Claims and CostsClaims Journal, CA

November 26, 2016

Stress related Workers’ compensation claims cost WA $101 millionPerthNow, AUS

Experience rating design differences lead to different outcomes in Ontario and B.C.IWH At Work, ON

November 25, 2016

WorkCover WA’s 2016 Scheme Trends Brochure is now available (pdf) – WorkCover WA, AUS

National Council on Compensation Insurance in Florida vows to appeal court ruling on workers, FL

Workers’ Compensation Claim Costs Increase as Workers MatureMurcury Health Travel, CO

November 24, 2016

Return to Work 2.0: Evolved Workers Compensation RecoveryBNC Insurance, NY

California’s workers’ compensation overhaul saved bigger bucksThe Sacramento Bee, CA

November 23, 2016

Slips, trips and falls rule likely to stand under Trump – Business Insurance, USA

November 22, 2016

California Workers Compensation Insurance: Caseload Catastrophes – Republic Capital, CA

Making Change Happen in Workers’ Comp (Webcast, Part 1) – Inside Workers’ Comp, PA

Where Marijuana Is the Doctor’s Orders, Will Insurers Pay?New York Times, NY

November 21, 2016

Workers compensation to become mandatory for P.E.I. farm employeesCBC News, PE

Work-related concussions are on the riseThe Times, IN

November 20, 2016

Former NFL players sue the league demanding workers’ compensation for brain injuries – Miami Herald, FL

Modified Causation in Workers Compensation - Slaw, CAN

November 18, 2016

Canada: Mental Health Key Issue in Workplace Wellness, Study FindsBloomberg BNA, CAN

A Higher BMI Can Mean More Workplace Injuries – The Wellness Blog, MA

Opioid Use and NC Workers’ Compensation - Womble Carlyle, NC

Fraud funnies: Workers’ comp cheats say the darndest thingsBWC Special Investigations, OH

November 17, 2016

CPA Ontario honours WSIB CFO Pamela Steer with prestigious FCPA designationMarketwired, ON

WSIB is bound by lawToronto Star, ON

Potential impact of cultural differences on workers’ compensation through the lens of a Chinese American / Part 1 of 3 /  Part 2 of 3 / Part 3 of 3Workers Compensation Defense Blog, OR/WA

November 15, 2016

Alberta introduces bill against workplace bullying, harassmentOHS Canada, CDA

Targeting Opioid Use When Workers Get HurtWall Street Journal, NY

Compound suggests chronic pain treatment without opioid or medical marijuana side effectsScience Daily, IN

Marijuana and Workers’ CompInsurance Thought Leadership, CA

For French media clips, please visit: L’indemnisation des accidents du travail en manchette