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Articles by Roberto Ceniceros

Narcotic Pain Drugs Remain Atop List of Workers' Comp Insurer Concerns

January 9, 2013
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Concern over the long-term implications of prescribing narcotic pain medications to injured workers has grown during the past two years.
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State Laws Concerning Guns in Company Parking Lots Likely to Resurface

December 17, 2012
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Employers in several states successfully fought off or stalled the implementation of such laws throughout 2012, often by arguing that employee safety, private property rights and workers' compensation costs are at stake.
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Workers' Compensation Sees Cost Spike in Third Quarter: Towers Watson

December 14, 2012
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Aggregate commercial insurance prices rose 6 percent during the third quarter of 2012, marking the seventh consecutive quarter that pricing for all commercial lines increased.
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Worker's Inability to Speak English Appropriately Considered in Disability Ruling: Court

November 21, 2012
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The case of Merivic Inc. and Zurich North America v. Enrique Gutierrez involved a workers' comp claimant who had a ninth-grade education and a 'limited working knowledge' of English despite having lived in the United States for 34 years, according to the opinion.
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Sandy May Affect Workers' Compensation Premium Calculations

November 2, 2012
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NCCI Holdings Inc. Oct. 31 reminded workers' comp underwriters of employee classification code changes insurers may apply when inclement weather or disasters force employers to temporarily suspend operations or shift workers into new roles.
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Aging Workforce Not as Costly as Some Think: NCCI Report

October 29, 2012
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The new report adds to NCCI Holdings Inc. research findings published in 2011 concluding that on average costs for workers aged 35 and older tend to be similar.
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Health, Safety Lapses in Lab Tied to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

October 24, 2012
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Investigators found “serious health and safety deficiencies” at the compound pharmaceutical lab tied to the fungal meningitis outbreak, according to a preliminary report released Oct. 22.
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Ethnic Disparities Found in Compensation for Injured Construction Workers

October 16, 2012
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The study of 1,039 cases does not explain the reason for the disparity, although the researchers said bias or prejudice are a possibility, as are differences in knowledge about how the compensation system works.
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California Workers' Comp Reform Measure Signed Into Law

September 18, 2012
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California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed workers' compensation reform legislation into law Sept. 18, saying the law will reverse a four-year trend of rate increases.
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Tracking True Cost of Lost Productivity Remains a Challenge

September 17, 2012
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Large, sophisticated employers are struggling to track and measure how much the lost productivity resulting from employee absences and presenteeism costs their companies.
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