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December 2013

Workers' Compensation is getting the attention of top management: nine reasons to revisit strategies for 2014

Identifying questionable claims

Lessons from America's safest companies

HR Tip: How not to hire disruptive employees

OSHA watch

Legal Corner

Things you should know


November 2013

Understanding remuneration: A year-end strategy for Workers' Compensation

Job classifications and special considerations: Year-end strategy for Workers' Compensation

Key takeaways from the 2013 National Safety Congress & Expo

HR Tip: Analysis of EEOC litigation reveals focus on disability, Charlotte and Philadelphia areas

OSHA watch

Legal Corner

Things you should know


October 2013

OSHA deadline of December 1 for Hazcom compliance is fast approaching

Stress and Workers' Compensation

Tips on managing an aging workforce

HR Tip: Employers' shift to consumer driven plans and wellness programs contribute to modest increases in group premiums

OSHA watch

Legal Corner

Things you should know


September 2013

The deadliest jobs

Six ways to stop dollar leakage from Workers' Compensation programs

Why workers do not report injuries

HR Tip: ACA notices: Who has to provide them by Oct. 1

OSHA watch

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Things you should know


August 2013

Just what the doctor ordered: how you can control Workers' Comp prescription drug costs

How to stop higher Workers' Comp pricing pressures

Reducing lost time pays big dividends

HR Tip: Target memo says not all Hispanics eat tacos

OSHA watch

Legal Corner

Things you should know


July 2013

Six common roadblocks to optimizing incident investigation

Eight Do's and Don'ts of using mobile apps in the workplace

Q & A: Fit for Duty evaluations

HR Tip: How employers are preparing for health care reform

OSHA watch

Legal Corner

Things you should know


June 2013

Industry trends help guide the management of Workers' Compensation

How to minimize the business risk of employer-sponsored sports teams

IRS proposed rules on wellness programs and Affordable Care Act disappoints employers

HR Tip: Make sure volunteer workers Carry Workers' Compensation

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Things you should know


May 2013

Employer decisions about health reform may push up Workers' Compensation costs

Taking the stress out of heat

Five common Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mistakes

HR Tip: Background checks and Social Media

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Legal Corner

Things you should know


April 2013

With 35 the new definition of older worker, it's time to focus on reducing injuries for everyone

Workers' Compensation insurance industry trends affecting employers

Have you looked at your communication channels lately?

HR Tip: The importance of job descriptions

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Things you should know


March 2013

Workers' Comp "tail" continues to grow

Q & A's: What you need to know about the 2013 deadline for OSHA's New Hazard Communication Standard

Wellness study: Best practices to improve medical cost trends and employee health

HR Tip: Millenniums and professionalism

OSHA watch

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Things you should know


February 2013

Twelve dos and don'ts of preparing for a premium audit

Co-morbidities: cracking a hard nut

Medical marijuana and Workers' Compensation

HR Tip: What is Blake Mouton's Managerial Grid?

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Things you should know


January 2013

A strategic approach to Workers' Compensation

Don't miss February 1st deadline for posting OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses - plus Q & A regarding common recordkeeping mistakes

Government contractors: Does health care reform apply to me? What now?

HR Tip: Spotting scoundrels

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Things you should know


December 2012

Ten Costly Return-to-Work Mistakes revisited

Important lessons for employers from recent reports

Safety tips: Avoiding cold stress

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Things you should know


November 2012

Managing renewals in a changing Workers' Compensation market

The 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States

Bonuses and gifts and Workers' Compensation remuneration

OSHA watch

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Things you should know


October 2012

How a holistic approach to health risks plugs leaks in your bottom line

Employers beware: over 20% rise in mid-year questionable claims

Lessons from America's safest companies

OSHA watch

Legal Corner

Things you should know


September 2012

Five fallacies that trip up Return-to-Work (RTW) programs

Workplace violence: an employer's responsibility

Lessons learned from the NFL lawsuits

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Things you should know


August 2012

Top ten ways employers mess up Workers' Comp claims

Helpful new studies, surveys and guides

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Things you should know


July 2012

As rates firm, an audit review is essential

What employers can do to stop narcotic abuse

As obesity adds more weight to Workers' Comp bills, employees blame workplace

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Things you should know


June 2012

NCCI update: What you need to know about the NCCI Experience Mod change and more...

New resources for summer hazards: heat and insects

Seven reasons why safety training fails

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Things you should know


May 2012

The Workers' Comp perfect storm

Summer tempters: summer interns, events and employer sponsored sports teams - good business or business risk?

Narcotic drugs persist as key Workers' Comp driver

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Things you should know


April 2012

Employers' Workers' Comp top concerns in 2012 and their surprising ignorance

Five costly, unnecessary mistakes employers make when an injury occurs

Putting your employees in the best position to keep Workers' Comp costs down

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Things you should know


March 2012

New approaches to employee retention

Employers beware: OSHA trends

ACOEM issues two guidance documents: occupation hearing loss; managing workplace fatigue

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Things you should know


February 2012

Top five most expensive workplace injuries

How worksite wellness movement can benefit Workers' Comp

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Things you should know


January 2012

2011 Workers' Comp decisions offer insights for employers in 2012

OSHA Form 300A posting date approaching

NLRB postpones effective date of posting rule from Jan. 31 to April 30, 2012

OSHA watch

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Things you should know


December 2011

Six benchmarks for evaluating Return-to-Work programs

The time is NOW for employers to understand rule changes on Experience Mods

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Things you should know


November 2011

The prescription for keeping WorkComp costs down is in finding the right physician

Workers' Comp 'grim market' means rate hikes for many states

Nine ways to reduce the #1 cause of workplace injuries

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Legal Corner

Things you should know


October 2011

Seven ways to prevent medical-only claims from morphing into lost-time claims

Don't be blindsided by the Borrowed Servant Doctrine

Little good news for Workers’ Comp in recent reports

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Legal Corner

Things you should know


September 2011

What you know can save big dollars

Workers' Comp and the hiring conundrum

Job candidate testing program a great ride for Harley Davidson

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Things you should know


July 2011

Older workers and return to work

Employer sponsored sports teams or events: team building or business risk?

In Workers' Compensation cases subrogation may be a solution

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Things you should know


June 2011

24/7 work culture stretches Workers' Compensation exposure

Taking the stress out of heat

New ADAAA regulations: implications for Workers' Compensation

Disability Claims stats may surprise

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Things you should know


May 2011

Don't be late for a very important date

The construction industry: leverage classifications to save money

The causes of Workers' Compensation retaliation claims

Tips for training young workers

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Things you should know


April 2011

Do's & Don'ts to help avoid hiring a Workers' Comp claim

Distracted driving

Important studies

Important FMLA Decisions

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Things you should know


March 2011

Using the Experience Mod to pave way for more business

Workers' Comp Red Flag Checklist

Wellness as a business strategy takes proper planning

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Legal Corner

Things you should know


February 2011

Medical treatment is key to Return-to-Work

Posting OSHA 300A February 1 more important than ever

Legal corner

OSHA watch

Legislative update

Things you should know


January 2011

Workers' Compensation 2010: Eleven issues that will impact the year ahead

14 Point Workers' Comp Program annual checkup

OSHA's top ten most cited violations

Legal corner

Legislative update

Things you should know


December 2010

Fatigue at work a bad sign of the economic times

The not-so-simple Course and Scope rule

OSHA watch

Bonuses and gifts and Workers' Compensation remuneration

Valuable reports and studies BLS: Days Away from Work Trends

Social media case to watch

Things you should know


November 2010

What you should know about your Experience Modification Factor

Advisor helps janitorial service sweep away high injury rate

Obese workers cost a whopping $73.1 billion in healthcare, absenteeism and presenteeism

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Computer Vision Syndrome

Legislative updates

Things you should know


October 2010

It pays to keep employees fit - Long-term savings in health care and Workers' Compensation costs from Workplace Wellness Program

Bullying in the Workplace

Fraud trends – National Insurance Crime Bureau

Legal corner

What employees really care about

OSHA update

Legislative update

Things you should know


September 2010

Corralling runaway medical costs

When it comes to using PPE in the workplace, the "eyes" have it

Study: Avoiding Litigation: What Can Employers, Insurers, and State Workers' Compensation Agencies Do?

Telecommuting and Workers' Compensation

OSHA watch

Legislative updates

Legal Corner

Things you should know


August 2010

Return-to-Work: Accommodations not enough, process is key

Surprisingly dangerous jobs

Roofers leaving job due to chronic pain

OSHA watch

Some alarming facts about costs of claims

High costs of misclassifications

Legislative updates

Things you should know


July 2010

Seven common blunders supervisors can avoid

Workplace violence can put your company at risk

OSHA watch

Legal corner

Legislative updates

Things you should know

Wellness programs: Employers reassessing financial incentives according to study

OSHA fact sheets on protecting workers in summer heat


June 2010

Six ways to control the transportation-related Workers’ Comp costs

Pulling the plug on four unnecessary Workers’ Comp costs

OSHA watch

Legal corner

Legislative updates

Things you should know


May 2010

Workers’ Comp Misclassification: A small mistake that can cost your company big money

Health Care Reform: Eight strategies for employers

Q & A: Payroll Exclusions

Top reasons (and solutions) employees do not wear PPE

Leadership IQ Study: Why new hires fail

Things you should know


April 2010

Health Care Reform: Impact on employers

Economic cost of obesity a heavy burden on employers

OSHA on the prowl. Will you be next?

Frequently Asked Questions of the DOL

Two significant cases

Productivity losses among depressed workers

Things you should know


March 2010

Michigan Workers’ Compensation case is a wake-up call for businesses

Supervisors failing with employees

Q & A: independent contractors

Older workers lower indemnity costs

California Employer Messes Up Pre-Hire Physicals and Pays the Price

Things you should know


February 2010

Employers must post OSHA 300A February 1

What you don’t know CAN hurt you
The Importance of Pre-Employment Screening

Physicians’ practices have profound effect on claims’ costs

OSHA focus on underreported injuries and illnesses

Program designed for “lone workers” such as truckers, improves health

Things you should know


January 2010

Ten ways to find lost money in Workers’ Compensation loss run reports

The ABC’s of Premium Audit

OSHA’s top 10 most cited violations

Incentives to keep employees healthy continue to grow

Recent court cases demonstrate the high cost of discrimination by supervisors

Things you should know


December 2009

Eight Keys to a sucessful post incident investigation

Preventing the Number 1 occupational health problem: Repetitive strain injuries

FMLA, ADA Updates: New FMLA Military Leave Amendment

I-9 Checklist

Important studies: Workplace practices affect employee engagement and health

Things you should know


November 2009

Seven year-end strategies for Workers' Compensation accounts

New court decisions: Dealing with the obesity epidemic

How to protect yourself from rising medical provider and claimant fraud

Lessons to be learned from costly FMLA and ADA/Inflexible Workers' Comp policy cases

Things you should know


October 2009

Workers’ Compensation loss run reports: the trail to finding lost money

Helpful tool: Compare and monitor your injury incident rate

An Experience Mod lesson: Why small, frequent claims can be more costly than one severe claim

Controlling the threat of workplace violence

Q & A: The swine flu

Things you should know


September 2009

Electronic devices are risky workplace distractions

OSHA launches new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on injury and illness recordkeeping

Case Study: CWCAs help Excavating Company dig up answers to reasons for high open reserves

New SHRM reports highlight trends in employee benefits, job satisfaction

'Coming and Going' rule

Study finds adults over 55 unaware of meds' effects on driving

Things you should know


August 2009

Alarming trends in Workers' Compensation and why they can increase your premiums: claims frequency, claim costs and narcotics

The Do's and Don'ts of employment practices and medical information

HR Updates: COBRA, FMLA and ADA

Key findings of annual safety report from Liberty Mutual

Things you should know


July 2009

How to Keep Occupational Diseases from Affecting Your Workers' Compensation Costs

Know your work environment, know the dangers — and know who you are hiring

Three common recession traps for stressed employers

Health care coverage and Workers’ Compensation leave

Updates on COBRA and FMLA

Heat stress causes mental fatigue and physical exhaustion

OSHA notifies employers with high injury and illness rates and places more onus on employers

Things you should know


June 2009

Six keys to managing the Employer-Employee relationship in Workers’ Compensation injuries

Fitness for duty exams

Corporate structure can affect Workers' Compensation costs: Why your CPA should talk to your CWCA

EEOC claims and Workers' Compensation

Q & A: Wellness programs

Simplest, least expensive treatment for low back pain may be best

Industry Corner

Things you should know


May 2009

13 tips to shorten claim duration

Understanding Occupational Disease claims after employment ends

Q & A: Permanent partial disability, Subrogation impact on Experience Mod, vacation pay, and ownership requirements for combining Workers' Compensation policies

USL&H amendments - Caution advised

Loss of productivity more costly to employers than health care costs

Workplace wellness programs continue to grow

Things you should know


April 2009

Keeping employees healthy top workforce issue in 2009

Study: Lifestyle interventions may reduce sick days and disability for people with diabetes and obesity

Two keys to reducing costs: prompt reporting and nursing triage

Examining your claim reserves can save money

Q & A: OSHA opinion on horseplay injuries; sports activities

Things you should know


March 2009

Economic stimulus provisions affect employers

The effects of the economy on workplace safety

Helpful resources related to FMLA and ADA

Study: Improved training and equipment design needed to reduce Lockout/Tagout fatalities

Q & A: Spoliation

Things you should know


February 2009

Ten Costly Return-to-Work Mistakes in 2009

Poor health drives trucker injuries

Employers must post OSHA 300A February 1

Getting it right: wellness program checklist

Q & A: Volunteers, Illegal immigrants and Workers’ Compensation

Things you should know


January 2009

The missing component in post accident analysis

Changes organizations are making to manage economic challenges

Workforce Health and Cost Trends: What to Expect in 2009

Q & A: New FMLA regulations and Workers’ Compensation

Things you should know


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December 2008

How to use Workers’ Comp to improve the bottom line

DOL issues final rule to update FMLA regulations

National trends in Workers’ Comp premiums changing

Q & A: Remuneration issues: overtime, salary adjustments, USERRA

Industry corner

OSHA updates

Things you should know


November 2008

Six safeguards to control Workers’ Compensation costs in a down economy

Three subcontractor traps to avoid

Number of treatments per Workers’ Comp claim continues to rise

Sweeping Amendments to ADA

Handbook language can lead to unintended FMLA liability

Q & A: Waiting periods, insurance company bankruptcies, negligent third parties

Things you should know


October 2008

The Startling Truth About Workers' Compensation and Declines in Claim Frequency

Changing employee behavior key to controlling injuries

Ten Commandments for Managing an OSHA visit

Q & A: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Things you should know


September 2008

Important Trends in Workers’ Compensation: Declines in claim frequency slowing

Managed Care caseloads thwart effective management

Keys to managing an aging workforce

DOL Opinion Letter: Missed Meal Breaks, Overtime

Q & A: The hiring process

Things you should know


August 2008

Surviving the Tidal Wave of Demographic Pressure

Google’s strategy for building a stellar workforce

Tips on managing a depressed employee

Commercial drivers with serious medical conditions on the road

Q & A: Medical appointments during working hours; lump sum payments

Things you should know


July 2008

Finding the right Rx for your Workers’ Compensation program

Dealing with alcoholism in the workplace

Court defines standard for pre-employment physicals

Q & A: When an injury occurs

OSHA Fact Sheets on Protecting Workers in Summer Heat

Things you should know


June 2008

Eight costly myths about Workers’ Compensation

Working effectively with the family practitioner

Checklist for partnering with right medical provider

Controlling your risk in wage and hour compliance

Q & A: Wage and hour issues

Taking the pain out of back injuries

Things you should know


May 2008

The myth of the bad employee

Q & A: Common mistakes employers make under FMLA

Top ten most disabling injuries

Acute back pain and return to work

Things you should know

Industry Corner


April 2008

What to look for in Workers’ Comp in a down economy

Pre-employment testing: Effective tool to reduce absenteeism and Workers’ Comp claims and improve productivity

Tips on selecting a Wellness Vendor

Four compelling reasons to tighten up hiring practices for temporary or contingent workers

Things you should know

Work At Home/Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation


March 2008

Lower the costs of claims with effective claims management

Recognizing fatigue: an “invisible epidemic” adversely affecting the bottom line

FMLA update

Retention tips

Things you should know


February 2008

Five Costly Mistakes Employers Make with Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organizations

Roles and responsibilities in Workers’ Compensation

Employers – Injured Employees – Medical Providers and Insurance Carriers

Return-to-Work programs: getting started

Checklist: Essential elements of a successful Return-to-Work program

Emergency room wait time on the rise

OSHA PPE rule takes effect February 13, 2008; Employers must comply by May 15


January 2008

Why safety programs are not enough: A healthier workforce produces substantial financial benefits

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires employers to use new Employment EligibilityVerification Form I-9

Giving the right impression to job applicants

Q & A: Obtaining medical information

Industry Corner Cleaning and Maintenance Industry

Working graveyard shift linked to cancer

Managing a multicultural workplace


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December 2007

Wellness programs: What's working

Dealing with employees who do not return to work

Q & A: "Gray" areas of Workers' Compensation

Industry Corner: Construction, Landscaping, Long-term care

Remember the praise - managing the Millennials


November 2007

Storm clouds on horizon in 2008: calm seas of Workers' Compensation threatened

Q & A: Your Experience Modification Factor

Background checks: essential but tricky

Rigorous management holds the line on health care costs: per-employee costs nearly 20% lower in high performing companies


October 2007

Why costs escalate unexpectedly in low risk Workers' Compensation claims

How to combat escalating Workers' Comp costs after an injury occurs

Sixteen warning signals that your insurance company may have overcharged you on your Workers' Compensation Premium Audit

Preparing for the Premium Audit: A helpful flow chart

Is this position exempt or non-exempt? Government website offers guidance

Changes in New York's Workers' Compensation laws governing out-of-state companies creates a stir and are put "on hold"


September 2007

The Eight Major Mistakes Employers Make When Workers' Compensation Rates Go Down

Retention Aid: Employees Identify Top Factors in Job Satisfaction

Substance Abuse: A Common and Difficult Workplace Problem

Personnel Record Retention Checklist

Six Common Management Actions Improve Quality of Truck Drivers

Study Finds Rest Breaks Minimize Eye Strain and Increase Speed Among Data Entry Workers


August 2007

Return-to-Work: Do's and Don'ts of Transitional Work Assignments

Q & A: Integrating Workers' Compensation, FMLA, ADA, and COBRA

Home-Based Workers and Workers' Compensation

Employee Health is an Asset: Tips for Motivating Employees to Better Health


July 2007

Know your exposure to Workers' Compensation claims from different states

12 suggestions to help you avoid hiring a Workers' Compensation claim

Overtime authorization policy for non-exempt employees saves money

A closer look at medical expenses that drive the cost of claims

Workplace culture that discourages drinking gets results

Controlling the summer sick day syndrome


June 2007

The 'perceived boss' may be the silver bullet in controlling Workers' Compensation costs

Health and wellness programs in the workplace reduce lost time due to hypertension and diabetes

New rules of Electronic Discovery have important implications for employers

Why do reserves change?

Red Flag Fraud Checklist

Leadership lessons learned from sports


May 2007

Coordinate FMLA & Workers' Compensation or it will cost you time & money

Independent contractors and Workers' Compensation

How non-union contractors can be more competitive when bidding on Davis-Bacon Act or McNamara-

O'Hara Service Contract jobs

Retention strategies that work


April 2007

How fit are your employees?

Healthier employees mean healthier profits...

"Fit and Happy Workplace" brings wellness coaches to the workplace

Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs With CompScore Metrics...


March 2007

Institute of WorkComp Professionals has a banner year in reducing Workers' Comp costs for clients

It pays to be nice: Employer's treatment of injured worker more important than satisfaction with health care in Return-to-Work programs

Study finds working "moderate" overtime may not have adverse effects on health and safety

Managing an aging workforce: the impact on Workers' Compensation


February 2007

From employee to manager: Sound HR practices reduce Workers' Compensation exposures

Buying the assets of a business and/or a change in ownership can affect your Experience Mod

Study shows fatigue in the workplace costs employers $136 billion

Employers must post OSHA 300A in February


January 2007

InjuryFocus™ Delayed Recovery avoidance - A new program to help you identify those employee injuries that can drive your Workers' Compensation costs through the roof

10 Tips to improve injury management results and improve your bottom line


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December 2006

A gift that keeps giving: reduced mod

Web-based training for supervisors

Working with the claims adjuster

Q & A: Employers ask about claims

Healthy offices equals better workers


November 2006

Clients save $186,000: Advisor makes startling Experience Modification factor discoveries

Q&A: Employers Ask about Workers' Comp

Don't go the audit route alone: The typical audit process inherently works to your disadvantage


October 2006

What employers need to know about the recovery of injured workers

Common questions regarding alternate-duty work assignments

September 2006

Taking control in a soft market: drive down your Workers' Compensation premiums even further

Costs spiral out of control: True Story: Patient dictates lost time during ER visit

When it comes to workplace injuries ... 90% of employees injured in 2006 have no previous job injury record


August 2006

Out of sight, out of mind: What happens to employees when they are out of work?

Four key components of successful Return-to-Work

Common questions about Return-to-Work programs

Taking the creative route to save a contract


July 2006

When pain keeps injured workers from going back to work

Written policies and procedures for Return-to-Work can improve the bottom line


June 2006

Is your response to an injured employee costing you money?

Injury management process and preventing “PD”

Most injuries begin at date of hire


May 2006

Why injury management is essential: What claims really cost employers

Study: Most lost time claims can be avoided

Better communication = Reduced claims costs

How well do you know your medical provider?


April 2006

Predictive Modeling: a pro-active approach to managing Workers' Compensation costs

Employers win when injuries are reported quickly and monitored regularly


March 2006

How to avoid the Workers' Comp cost cycle

Hiring smart is easier than managing tough


February 2006

HR Continuing Education Credits available

Proper care at the right place

Working with the “problem” injured worker

Workplace learning: where are we headed?


January 2006

Why training line managers Is important

Four keys for training supervisors


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November 2005

Employers, you're paying the bill...Control your Experience Mod or it will control you


October 2005

How an independent nurse can reduce your costs

August 2005

If Injuries are down, why are costs up? - Solving the Workers' Compensation Paradox

Back-on-the-Job programs are good business


June 2005

Twelve ways to reduce risk


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