Reducing Workers’ Compensation Claims and Costs with Circle of Care

Last month, I was invited to speak at the Hospitality Finance & Technology Professionals, Monterey Chapter meeting. My presentation focused on workers’ compensation, emerging risk management trends, and employer risk mitigation strategies. The audience composed mostly of finance, human resources, risk managers and technology specialists in the hospitality industry was intrigued by my perspective on […]

Trends in Work Related Injuries and Illnesses

The Department of Industrial Relations has reported California’s 2016 occupational injury and illness data. Data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses showed California’s overall incidence rate was at the lowest it has been in over a decade, with a reported 3.7 cases per 100 full time workers. […]

Controlling Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs

Workers’ compensation costs are on the rise – and that’s not good news for growing businesses. With claim frequency projected to rise by 4.9% in 2014, it’s time for companies to re-assess their current programs and find ways to save. Over the last several years, the most common workers’ compensation claims have been cumulative trauma, […]

Drive down costs and improve employee health with a strategic Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Workers’ compensation costs are on the rise – despite many states requiring employers to have a written safety program that focuses on preventing accidents and injuries on the job. Injury & Illness Prevention Programs are typically guided by wording issued from the federal and state Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA set the following […]

Got Wellness in Your Workers’ Compensation Program?

One of the largest drivers of workers’ compensation claim costs are medical expenses paid for the treatment of work related injuries and illnesses.  A recent National Council on Compensation Insurance report indicated workers’ compensation medical costs are now approaching 60% of the total cost of WC claims. The medical cost of an individual claim can […]

Leaping Into Spring….

As our favorite baseball teams begin warming up for spring training, which helps them prepare mentally and physically for the upcoming season- it’s a great time to encourage employees to embrace healthy and well-being activities. Promoting healthy behaviors ‘around the clock’ helps employees avoid illnesses and injuries, both on and off the job – and […]

Important workers’ compensation updates in California… How will you be impacted?

California employers will see a few changes to the workers’ compensation system in 2013. These changes will include increases in disability benefits for injured workers as well as a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform bill intended to address concerns in the California workers’ compensation system that have developed since the last considerable reform in 2004. Increase […]