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Column responds to Illinois workers’ compensation issues

According to a column published in the Chicago Sun-Times on July 20, there is a lot of erroneous rhetoric surrounding the workers’ compensation issue in Illinois. The report outlined several facts, one of which highlighted a national study from Oregon of workers’ compensation systems that placed Illinois with the seventh most expensive insurance costs in the nation. According […]

Industry groups advocate against House Bill 1287

An industry group of insurers spoke against House Bill 1287, a bill that seeks to further workers’ compensation changes through regulation and price control, according to WorkersCompensation.com on July 1. The group consists of the AIA, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the Illinois Insurance Association, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America; […]

Illinois governor seeks to reduce employers’ workers’ comp costs

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to reduce the costs that employers pay towards workers’ compensation and in exchange, will slowly raise the minimum wage, the Insurance Journal reported on April 13. According to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Illinois has the 7th highest rate of workers’ compensation insurance in the country. Rauner wants […]

Medical payments for injured workers decreased

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute recently released a new study that showed the reforms made in 2011 to lessen the cost of healthcare services for injured workers in Illinois are still impacting the dwindling cost of medical care, the Insurance Journal reported on November 3. According to the report titled, “CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Illinois, 15th […]

National Safety Council and BROWZ unite to improve workplace safety

The non-profit National Safety Council, which is chartered by Congress, and BRONZ, a company that assesses workplace safety, will work hand in hand to make workplaces across the country safer by crafting initiatives based on the Journey to Safety Excellence principles. According to national records, 5 million people are injured at work each year, while […]

Man injured during trust exercise sues company

An employee of the Addison fire safety company SimplexGrinnell filed a lawsuit in early July against Aurora-based consulting firm Guardian Quest, who executed a team building session for his company in August 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported on July 24. According to the lawsuit filed by Antonio Gonzalez, the mandatory team building activity left him with […]

Obama calls for paid maternity leave

President Barack Obama stated at the White House Summit on Working Families that women in the United States should get paid maternity leave, the Associated Press reported on June 23. In response to Obama’s proposition, Florida Republican Senator Marco Antonio Rubio, who is rumored to run in the 2016 presidential elections, said he will start working on a […]