Use caution when checking workers’ compensation claims

Use caution when checking workers’ compensation claims

Use caution when checking workers’ compensation claims

When interviewing job candidates, it’s tempting to check into their past history of filing workers’ compensation claims. But you need to be careful to stay on the right side of the law.

In recent years, as employers have become increasingly aware of the high cost of fraudulent claims, interest in whether a job applicant has a history of filing workers’ compensation claims has grown.

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10 Workers’ Compensation issues to watch in 2016

JAN 28, 2016 | BY KIMBERLY GEORGE, MARK WALLS
From the election to changing claims models, there is a lot that is bound to affect the Workers' Compensation industry this year. (Photo: iStock)
From the election to changing claims models, there is a lot that is bound to affect the Workers’ Compensation industry this year. (Photo: iStock)

In an “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” webinar broadcast on Jan. 12, Kimberley George, a senior vice president at Memphis, Tenn.-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., and Mark Walls, a vice president with St. Louis-based alternative risk funder Safety National, discussed their thoughts on the issues that the Workers’ Compensation industry should have on their radar for 2016.

Here is a summary of the 10 of the 20 issues that they expect to affect the Workers’ Compensation industry this year:

1. Viability of Workers’ Compensation

Is the grand bargain still doing what it was established to do?

There is a growing debate around the gaps and shortcomings of Workers’ Compensation.

Our industry needs to engage in a critical analysis of these issues.

Election 2016

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2. Election cycle

Everyone knows that this is a presidential election year. But election time also means governor and insurance commissioner seats are on the ballot, too.

State insurance commissioners are elected in 11 states and appointed in the other 39. In the upcoming election, there are 12 gubernatorial seats and five insurance commissioner positions to be decided.

 

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