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How Much Solar Eclipse Distraction Will Cost Employers
Add today’s total eclipse of the sun to the list of worker distractions that cost U.S. companies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity. American employers will see at least $694 million in missing output for the roughly 20 …

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 5:00 AM
U.S., Canada, Mexico Conclude First Round of Talks on NAFTA
The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, vowing to keep up a blistering pace of negotiations that some involved in the process said may be too …

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 5:00 AM
Hurricane Season Ramping Up Along Southeast Coast
This is it, the days surfer Blue Spivey looks forward to all winter. The days he can go online and watch those big, long swells rolling across the Atlantic Ocean like they do all year out in California. You’ve got …

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 4:32 AM
Disaster Designation Issued For 11 Alabama Counties
Eleven Alabama counties are under a natural disaster designation after excessive rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy. The conditions caused extensive damage to crops, sparking Gov. Kay Ivey to ask for federal assistance for Alabama farmers in June. U.S. …

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 4:23 AM
Semi-Truck Crashes Prompt Review of Kentucky Interstate
A series of accidents involving semi-trucks on the interstate has prompted a review from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The Courier-Journal reports the agency will review ramps and roadways following accidents in Louisville’s Spaghetti Junction. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Andrea Clifford …

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 4:17 AM
Health Insurers Will Get August Obamacare Payments Trump Threatened to End
The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which …

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 12:26 AM
Increase in California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Sent to Department of Insurance
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has submitted its Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll. That WCIRB’S proposed rate is 14.3 …

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2017 7:06 PM
Georgia Fines Company Behind Deadly Leak at Sperm Bank $302K
A deadly February 2017 industrial gas leak at a sperm bank in Augusta, Ga. was caused by the over-pressurization of a bulk storage tank, according to findings from an investigation by state inspectors released Thursday by Insurance and Safety Fire …

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2017 4:57 PM
Liotta Named Chairman of Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission
Gov. Mary Fallin has named Mark Liotta as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Liotta, a former state representative from Tulsa, succeeds Robert Gilliland, whose term on the commission expires Aug. 25. Liotta’s appointment as chairman takes effect Aug. …

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2017 4:44 PM
Federal Appeals Court Voids Exxon Pipeline Safety Order
An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it …

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2017 4:40 PM


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