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OSHA injury & illness summaries must be posted on February 1
 Jan. 31, 2014

February 1, 2014 marks the beginning of the three-month time period when companies must post a summary of their recordable work-related injuries from their previous year's OSHA 300 log. California employers are required to post the OSHA 300A ... More »

One last word about workers' compensation costs
 Dec. 18, 2013

As we close the book in 2013 there's not a great deal of good news about workers'
compensation for California employers. Rates continue to rise and the elements that drive the cost of workers' compensation continue to soar as well. The ... More »

Are your employees work ready?
 Dec. 3, 2013

Safety minded employers are always sensitive to hazards in the workplace. They routinely inspect tools and equipment to determine if their operation could result in a work related injury to their employees or damage to the public. What they often ... More »

Retail employer violated FEHA by not offering reassignment to a vacant position
 Dec. 3, 2013

A California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court judgment finding that Neiman Marcus failed to engage in the interactive process by not offering alternative positions to a disabled worker. Ms. Forough Nadaf-Rahrov worked as a fitter at a ... More »

Terminated employee can sue for "Associational Discrimination" under FEHA
 Dec. 3, 2013

On October 16, 2013, a California Court of Appeal ruled that a terminated employee can proceed with a lawsuit claiming "associational discrimination" and wrongful termination in violation of public policy where he alleged that his employer, ... More »

Cost impacts of 2012 Workers' Compensation reform
 Dec. 3, 2013

On September 18, 2012, the Governor signed Senate Bill 863 into law. It increased benefits effective January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014 and provided for a number of structural changes to the California workers' compensation benefit delivery ... More »

Understanding California's supplemental job displacement benefit
 Dec. 3, 2013

From time to time we receive questions about benefits available for injured workers who are unable to return to the job after a work related injury. In January 2004, California transitioned from Vocational Rehabilitation to the Supplemental Job ... More »

Are they really independent contractors?
 Oct. 31, 2013

A common question we receive is, "do we need workers' compensation insurance if we only work with independent contractors?" Answering a question with a question can be annoying, but oftentimes it is the best way to respond to that question. We ... More »

Special bulletin on new legislation affecting California workplaces
 Oct. 31, 2013

The California legislature has been busy again this year, passing over 400 new laws that affect every aspect of life in California. This includes the workplace, where there are a variety of new labor and employment laws that will impact even the ... More »

Stormwater discharge update: your NPDES permit is key to your Clean Water Act (CWA) liability
 Oct. 31, 2013

California's environmental regulatory agencies (Regional Water Quality Control Boards, AQMD, and DTSC, in particular) like other State agencies are not fully funded. Penalties can infuse these agencies with funds; manufacturers are a target. The ... More »

Loss control is your resource
 Sept. 27, 2013

There is a common misconception that only large companies practice risk management. After all, they are complex operations with many exposures to loss. Additionally, those large companies have resources available to develop risk management ... More »

Premium Audit FAQs
 Sept. 27, 2013

Thanks to CMTA's workers' compensation partner CompWest for providing sound guidance on the premium audit process.

Being ready for your final audit at the completion of the policy year requires a little ... More »

Coping with a new set of mental conditions for leave and accommodation requests
 Sept. 27, 2013

On May 18, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association released "DSM 5," which is its revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM serves as the official authority on mental health diagnoses and ... More »

Benefits buzz from Warren G. Bender Co.
 Sept. 26, 2013

While the employer mandate provision has been delayed until 2015, time is ticking away as the deadline for notices required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is fast approaching.

Covered California Notification ... More »

Safety training for temporary workers
 Aug. 23, 2013

Hiring temporary employees is often a necessary practice in order to meet a short-term increase in production requirements or a change in the nature of your operations. But, often times employers fail to realize these employees represent a change ... More »

Reassignment to a vacant position must be considered as a reasonable accommodation
 Aug. 23, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court on
May 28, 2013 let stand a lower court's ruling that employers may be required to reassign a disabled employee to a vacant position as "reasonable accommodation" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if the ... More »

Non specific job description forces ADA case to a jury trial
 Aug. 23, 2013

On June 27, 2013, a federal judge ruled in Szarawara vs. Montgomery County, that a night-shift emergency dispatcher with diabetes and hypertension, whose doctor stated that his health would be improved by working day shifts, could proceed on his ... More »

Rushing to sign an administrative consent order may affect your insurance coverage
 Aug. 23, 2013

Regulatory agencies try to resolve environmental cleanups through administrative consent orders - a resolution short of a lawsuit. When a manufacturer, as a potentially responsible party or ("PRP"), is suspected of releasing contaminants into ... More »

Manage your safety committee
 Aug. 23, 2013

How important are safety committees to an organization's loss prevention program? Most safety directors believe safety committees are vital to the overall safety program. But, they need to be managed. If mismanaged or worse, not supervised at ... More »

Avoid repeat accidents
 Aug. 23, 2013

One workplace accident is one too many when an accident reoccurs. Here are a couple of practices that may help your organization keep from repeating an accident.

The first priority after an accident is to ensure the injured worker ... More »

The real costs of work related injuries
 July 30, 2013

You completed the annual renewal process for your workers' compensation policy. After a review of the required deposit and scheduled installments you now know your workers’ compensation insurance premium costs for the coming year. But is this ... More »

Discussion of vapor intrusion and vapor encroachment
 July 30, 2013

Much research has been done on soil and groundwater contamination, however, vapor intrusion condition (VIC) and vapor encroachment condition (VEC), and their potential impact to human health and the environment, are two of the most highly debated ... More »

EEOC files two lawsuits for discriminatory background checks
 July 30, 2013

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated enforcement guidance on employer use of arrest and conviction records. The Commission recommends that employers not ask applicants about past criminal ... More »

Extreme retaliatory behavior toward vulnerable employee after medical leave supports tort claim
 July 30, 2013

In a recent opinion, a federal court held that an employee discharged from a retailer soon after returning from medical leave stated a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, which is often a difficult claim to prove. [Brown v. ... More »

Aramark Uniform Services
 July 30, 2013

CMTA has partnered with Aramark Uniform Services to bring our members an average 17 percent discount on uniform rentals.

Aramarkhasconsistentlybeenrecognizedasthe#1leaderinthemanagedservicesindustrybyFortuneMagazine. Asa CMTA member ... More »

Protective equipment is the foundation for loss prevention program
 June 28, 2013

A critical component in preventing work related injuries for most manufacturers is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers provide personal protective ... More »

Punctuality is not always an essential job function - especially when inconsistently applied
 June 28, 2013

On March 4, 2013, a federal court ruled that on-time arrival at work is not always an essential job function under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In McMillan v. City of New York, the plantiff worked as a case manager for New York City's ... More »

Inconsistent enforcement of disciplinary policies irks the 9th circuit justices
 June 28, 2013

Another federal appeals court has taken issue with inconsistent enforcement, and this is closer to home. The Ninth Circuit justices found that a bank's dismissal of an employee for misconduct may have been a pretext for discrimination, based ... More »

Termination of supervisor for failure to cooperate in investigation upheld
 June 28, 2013

John McGrory worked for Applied Signal Technology, Inc. as a section manager and promoted to department manager, supervising 12 employees who reported directly to him. In consultation with the HR Department, he gave a female employee a documented ... More »

Preparing for your final audit
 June 28, 2013

Workers' compensation premiums are based on payroll. Most workers’ compensation policies require a physical audit of your payroll records at the conclusion of the policy to determine the final premium for that policy year. This audit is usually ... More »

CompWest, CMTA's workers' compensation partner
 June 1, 2013

Most employers view workers' compensation as a requisite for doing business in California. You pay your premium and hope you don't have any claims. Rates rise and fall as the "market conditions" harden and soften. CMTA's initial group program ... More »

WCAB decision in stress claim overturned because psychiatrist report was flawed
 June 1, 2013

Stress claims in California continue to plague employers, even though they are hard to prove. The worker must demonstrate that his or her condition is work-related, which requires that the majority of the stressor(s) are from the workplace. ... More »

State Compensation Insurance Fund ends group programs
 June 1, 2013

Back in 2009, in response to mounting complaints and problems with the workers' compensation program underwritten through the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), CMTA examined alternative underwriters for their workers' compensation group ... More »

CMTA and SullivanCurtisMonroe launch Environmental Risk Management Partnership
 June 1, 2013

Sacramento, CA - The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and SullivanCurtisMonroe (SCM) have created a partnership to provide manufacturers with a program designed to help address exposures to loss involving environmental ... More »

Exclusive uniform rental program for CMTA members
 June 1, 2013

CMTA has partnered with Aramark Uniform Services to bring our members an average 17 percent discount on uniform rentals.

Aramark is recognized as the #1 leader in the managed services industry by Fortune Magazine. As a CMTA member your ... More »

How to make the most of safety committees
 June 1, 2013

Are safety committees always a good idea? Generally yes they are, but there are several pitfalls you need to be aware of. If you are not careful, they can derail and compromise your organization's safety program. Make sure you consider these ... More »

Employment law at the State Capitol
 April 29, 2013

More than two dozen new bills are employment law related. Here are a few that could affect employers in 2013.

FEHA Sexual Harassment (SB 292) The Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits harassment based on ... More »

Federal and California protections for employees victimized by stalking or domestic violence
 April 29, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new Q&A concerning potential violations of Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from adverse employment decisions directed at individuals who are victims ... More »

Defending workers' compensation reform
 March 26, 2013

CMTA is opposed to this year‟s SB 626 (Jim Beall, D-Campbell) which would roll back some of the biggest cost saving proposals in the reforms passed last year in SB 863 (Chapter Number 363, Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles). This bill ... More »

Safety is all about the people
 March 26, 2013

There's a great deal of emphasis placed on safety systems, procedures, protocols and practices. Employers often purchase "compliant" safety programs that they can adapt for their specific industry. But, what makes a safety program successful is ... More »

California Supreme Court issues important "Mixed Motive" decision - with mixed results
 March 26, 2013

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued an eagerly anticipated decision defining the scope of an employer‟s defense to a discrimination claim when an adverse employment decision was motivated by more than one factor. In ... More »

Thorny FMLA eligibility issue: 1,250 hour threshold
 March 26, 2013

Donnelly v. Greenburgh Central School District, a recent federal court decision, addresses one of the core eligibility issues under the Federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The court focused what hours must be counted toward the ... More »

First aid is critical to reducing loss costs
 March 26, 2013

Safety involves both pre-loss and post-loss practices. Safety programs mainly focus on loss prevention, but attention to loss reduction is also a critical component of an effective safety program. Granted, most loss reduction techniques are part ... More »

Don't Stand for Problems
 March 26, 2013

Research shows that workers who stand for long periods of time can often experience muscle fatigue, low back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness and sore or swollen feet and legs. To avoid injuries from prolonged standing encourage employees ... More »

Workplace hazard assessment
 Feb. 25, 2013

Are work-related accidents the result of events beyond your control? Although uncontrollable events can cause work related injuries, they account for a very small portion of those events. Research shows that most accidents are usually caused by ... More »

Tips to battling the cold and flu season
 Feb. 25, 2013

We are in the heart of the cold and flu season and although these illnesses don't rival back strains and arm fractures in cost, they do produce lost time from work and considerable discomfort.

There are several simple and sensible ... More »

Safety requires partnership
 Feb. 25, 2013

Accountability for accident and injury prevention varies significantly from organization to organization. Ultimately, everyone is responsible and should also be accountable. But, does everyone clearly understand their role and responsibilities? ... More »

First set of work comp reforms become law
 Jan. 24, 2013

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is beginning to implement changes to SB 863, last years comprehensivework comp reform bill. SB 863 should balance benefit increases to injured workers with cost savings to employers. There are ... More »

Leading by example creates a safety conscious workplace
 Jan. 24, 2013

Although many factors affect the safety practices of an organization, no one is more influential than the operation's supervisors. They lead by example and are safety role models. If supervisors have positive safety attitudes, so will their ... More »

CompWest......A Solution For Manufacturers
 Nov. 28, 2012

California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) membership has many benefits. One of those benefits is helping members solve the workers’compensation problemstheyfaceasCaliforniabased manufacturers. Many employers believe that one of the ... More »

Job Hazard Analysis - Your Path to Safer Jobs
 Nov. 28, 2012

The best way to ensure safe work procedures address job hazards is to conduct a job hazard analysis before an accident occurs.

Manufacturers constantly inspect tools and machines to ensure they are working properly. This ... More »

Is Physical Capabilities Testing Always the Answer?
 Oct. 19, 2012

Work related injuries and employment practice issues go hand-in-hand. Routinely Patricia Eyres provides CMTA topical information relating to the challenges of meeting state and federal requirements pertaining to employment and disabilities. ... More »

Safety Training for Experienced Workers
 Sept. 28, 2012

As Americans age, so does the workforce. People, for a host of reasons, are retiring later. The most common reasons are:

People are living longer and need to maintain their income level for a longer period of time. They need benefits such ... More »

Is Physical Capabilities Testing Always the Answer?
 Sept. 28, 2012

Work related injuries and employment practice issues go hand-in-hand. Routinely Patricia Eyres provides CMTA topical information relating to the challenges of meeting state and federal requirements pertaining to employment and disabilities. Patricia ... More »

Trucking Company Pays $450,000 to Settle Fresno Workplace Discrimination Case
 Sept. 28, 2012

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) settled a group action lawsuit on behalf of newspaper delivery drivers against Penske Logistics, LLC for $450,000. The DFEH alleged that Penske refused to hire the drivers ... More »

To Protect Your Employees You Need A Solid Safety Foundation
 Aug. 17, 2012

Like many other employment practices, a successful workplace safety program must have a solid foundation. The foundation in this case is your core safety practices that ensure you address the exposures to loss that lead to your company's workers ... More »

Employers Have Affirmative Duty to Take Reasonable Steps to Prevent Harassment or Discrimination
 Aug. 17, 2012

On July 26, 2012, a federal judge in Las Vegas ordered Prospect Airport Services, Inc., a provider of wheelchair assistance services to airline passengers, to implement extensive measures to prevent future sexual harassment. After agreeing to a ... More »

Are You in Control of Workers' Compensation?
 July 16, 2012

Several years ago we shared our thoughts on what employers can do to control workers' compensation costs. At that time the insurance market was soft and insurance options for employers were plentiful. Now, workers' compensation rates are ... More »

ELG Law Group Employment Practices Update
 July 16, 2012

Two Medical Conditions Can Equal One FMLA Serious Health Condition

In Fries v. TRI Marketing Corporation, a telemarketer suffered from genital herpes and inflammation of ... More »

 June 19, 2012

It does, if you live it. Working safely is not a procedure or a system, it is a behavior. Behaviors in the workplace are affected by several factors including our values, our employer's values, the training we've received and the company's ... More »

A Brokers Approach To Managing Workers’ Compensation
 June 18, 2012

If you’ve read any business journal, industry publication, or newspaper over the past six months, you read about the fate of workers’ compensation insurance in California.

Back in November of 2011, the California Insurance ... More »

Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Efforts Heat Up In California
 June 18, 2012

Does your company have employees who work outdoors? Temperatures are rising and Cal/OSHA has begun random visits to ensure employers have implemented effective heat illness prevention programs. California employers are required to take these four ... More »

Do Safety Incentives Work?
 May. 14, 2012

Industry experts all agree that an effective work place safety plan is essential to reducing the incidence of work related injuries. Generally, these plans focus on training employees to work productively by making good decisions and ... More »

California's Challenging Workers' Compensation Environment
 May. 14, 2012

The cost of workers' compensation insurance, both in California and nationally, is clearly cyclical. Manufacturers operating in California over the past 20 years have seen rates rise and fall several times. Unfortunately, once again rates are ... More »

What Are Your Workers Doing When Nobody's Looking?
 April 30, 2012

What do your employees do when nobody is looking? Do they follow your company's established safe working procedures or do they cut corners to finish a job faster? Truth be told, some workers take risks when nobody's looking. Taking risks can ... More »

Why Cal/OSHA Conducts Inspections
 April 30, 2012

Cal/OSHA plays a vital role in keeping California's manufacturing workplaces safe and their efforts serve to protect millions of workers. But, if your company is subject to a Cal/OSHA inspection, it is seldom a cause for celebration. Even though ... More »

Safety Committees A Key Contributor to Your Organization's Success
 March 27, 2012

How important are safety committees? Those companies with effective safety committees believe they are the foundation that their loss prevention program is built upon. Loss prevention  is not just safety. It includes both safety ... More »

Breaking Accidents Down Can Build Up Your Loss Prevention Program
 March 27, 2012

Understanding the cause and nature of accidents is critical to developing an effective loss prevention program. Often times these analyses are complex. They detail the most intricate factors in a given accident that resulted in a ... More »

Stretch to Avoid Injury
 Feb. 28, 2012

No one wants to get hurt on the job. Employers often spend a considerable amount of time and resources developing loss prevention programs and safety plans, but oftentimes employees can control their own destiny with respect to ... More »

Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI's) in the Workplace
 Feb. 28, 2012

A growing number of CMTA’s group injuries have been attributed to repetitive motion tasks. As technology fills our non-occupational hours with computer use, gaming, texting and other actions which require repetitive hand/finger use, it ... More »

Tip to Ensure Employees Use Their Personal Protective Equipment
 Feb. 28, 2012

We are way past that time when personal protective equipment (PPE) was considered optional. When an engineering or administrative control is not feasible OSHA requires the use of PPE to reduce your employee's exposure to hazards in the work ... More »

2011 Workers' Compensation Bills
 Oct. 19, 2011

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed several workers' compensation bills into law. But, the bills he vetoed may reveal more about his perspective in regards to workers' compensation than those he signed. It appears the governor ... More »

What's the Difference Between an Emergency and a Disaster? Is Your Business Prepared?
 Oct. 19, 2011

What’s the difference between an Emergency and a Disaster? If you can expect expedient professional response after calling 911, then you have an emergency. If you cannot rely on fire, police or EMT responders due to an area-wide crisis, ... More »

Scissor Lifts--Fatalities Can be Avoided
 Oct. 19, 2011

Manufacturers may occasionally use scissor lifts for incidental work in the shop. Often lifts are rented or sometimes an older unit is kept on hand for periodic use. Employer safety programs may forget to address this exposure with serious ... More »

Can You Have a
 Sept. 28, 2011

Is it possible to have a great Cal/OSHA inspection at your workplace? Yes, says Lisa Prince, an attorney with The Walter Law Firm in Healdsburg, which specializes in representing employers in Cal/OSHA appeals.

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Drugging Injured Workers: Narcotics May be Impacting Your Claims Costs
 Sept. 9, 2011

Prescriptions are often written as a standard medical protocol when a physician treats an injured worker. The current concern among employers and carriers is not for the standard prescriptions issued under medical guidelines. The crisis in ... More »

Are Your Employees Really Engaged in Safety Training?
 Sept. 9, 2011

So you’ve conducted a captivating training session. Now it’s time to see if your "pearls of wisdom" are being put into practice. You walk through the operation, scrutinizing the work process and to your disappointment you ... More »

2011 California Workers' Compensation Bills
 July 20, 2011

Historically, workers’ compensation has been a legislative battlefield in California. With a new governor and many new senators and members of the assembly, 2011 is likely to be another challenging legislative year. As these bills move ... More »

Preventing Shoulder Injuries
 July 20, 2011

There are myriad of injury prevention programs focused on avoiding back injuries. They are the most common and costliest work related injuries and include both back and neck injuries. Shoulder injuries also account for a considerable number ... More »

When Too Much is Too Bad
 July 11, 2011

Overexertion is frequently the cause of what are the most painful and disabling work related injuries. But, surprisingly a good number of overexertion injuries can be easily avoided. Loss prevention programs should include avoiding overexertion ... More »

Sometimes the Best Position is Neutral
 July 11, 2011

You would never drive your car in the neutral position because the
car’s design and engineering never contemplated the driver operating
the car in neutral. But, keeping a neutral posture on the job is
actually desirable because ... More »

The Secret to a Successful Safety Program Lies Within the Pyramids
 May. 25, 2011

No, we’re not saying you need to travel to Egypt and visit the great pyramids in order to create a successful safety program, but pyramids do come into play. We're referring to the Cause Pyramid. The Cause Pyramid is a tool that safety ... More »

Creating a safety culture
 May. 25, 2011

Developing a safety culture in your or organization can be a challenge. But, when you recognize that safety and productivity go hand-in-hand, having a safety culture
underlying your business practices will help your company grow stronger and ... More »

Red Flags: Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself
 May. 25, 2011

An employee getting injured at work is very difficult for all parties involved. What do you do if you start to wonder about the injury? Here are ten questions you can ask yourself about a claim. These "red flags" are not an indication (even ... More »

Spring Cleaning for Your Safety Practices
 May. 25, 2011

Good housekeeping should be fundamental in every safety plan and it has application in every work space in every kind of workplace. It’s particularly important in manufacturing settings, where most workers are doing an assortment of tasks ... More »

Is your office a mine field?
 May. 25, 2011

Most of the time, manufacturers pour their safety efforts and resources into preventing accidents that would be a consequence of the manufacturing process. But, are you forgetting about your office workers? The fact is, they also face ... More »

Avoid Lifting Injuries
 May. 25, 2011

When you think of workers’ compensation claims, most people think of back injury. Lifting is the most common cause of work related back injuries and back injuries are also among the most costly claims. Manufacturing operationsalmost always ... More »

Avoid Repeating Accidents
 March 21, 2011

Wouldn’t it be great if you looked at your workers’ compensation loss report and saw nothing? No claims, no losses. Unfortunately, that is probably unrealistic. The manufacturing process is fraught with lacerations and contusions, ... More »

Protecting Your Eyes
 March 21, 2011

Injuries to the eyes are often permanent. That’s why employers need to remain vigilant in protecting their employees from eye injuries. Researchers believe that each day over 2,000 people suffer eye injuries at work. Your employees have ... More »

Watch Out For Human Errors They Are Really Training Errors
 March 21, 2011

The goal of every safety program is to eliminate the occurrence of work-related injuries. But, to achieve favorable results you must thoroughly understand the loss exposures inherent to your operation and the injury causing hazards associated ... More »

Are You In Control of Workers' Compensation?
 March 8, 2011

Insurance industry experts believe there are many practices that manufacturers can employ that will help them effectively manage and control their workers’ compensation costs. Frankly, we at the CMTA group program ... More »

CAL/OSHA - Serious Citations May Increase in 2011
 Jan. 28, 2011

CMTA’s Workers’ Compensation Partner, CompWest Insurance, Reviews Assembly Bill No. 2774 Effective January 1, 2011

AB 2774 became law on 1/1/11. The bill revised California Labor Code section 6432, changing the ... More »

Current Employment Practice Decisions
 Jan. 28, 2011

Employers Definitely Do NOT Want to End up in a Jury Trial: Fired Cancer Patient wins $8.1 million from Michaels Stores

In a case brought under both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the FMLA, a federal jury ... More »

Cal/OSHA Recording and Reporting
 Jan. 28, 2011

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) requires that employers keep records and report about safety in the workplace. Among those required records is the OSHA 300 Log and your documents pertaining to safety hazard ... More »

Don't be Short Sighted When Purchasing Workers' Compensation Insurance
 Dec. 13, 2010

We’re all familiar with the saying, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". The gist of that saying is that it’s better to take what you can get now rather than try for something better. There is wisdom to avoiding ... More »

The Three Point Rule - The Key to Avoiding Falls
 Dec. 13, 2010

What types of accidents produce the most severe injuries? Without question it is falling from an elevated level. These accidents produce fractures and internal injuries, requiring intensive medical treatment and long recovery periods. In fact, ... More »

New Decision Underscores the Broad Risks in the Return to Work Process
 Dec. 13, 2010

On October 19, 2010, in an administrative action designated as "Precedential," the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) concluded that Avis Budget Group violated the California Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) by ... More »

Loss Reduction The Other Part of Risk Control
 Nov. 18, 2010

The best way to control workers’ compensation costs is to avoid work related
injuries altogether. If no one gets injured on the job, there are no workers’ compensation claims and no workers’compensation losses. But, the reality ... More »

Safety Incentives - An investment that Can Improve Your Bottom Line
 Nov. 18, 2010

There are key elements of your Injury and Illness Prevention Program that are essential to reducing workers’compensation losses. Generally, those components focus on training employees to work productively by avoiding unsafe acts. Employers ... More »

CompWest Keeps Injured Workers at Work
 Nov. 18, 2010

People involved in managing workers’ compensation programs talk a lot about loss prevention and not much about loss reduction. Loss prevention is a good resource investment; the best way to control workers’ compensation costs is to not ... More »

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