Since 1990 Jon Coppelman has trained thousands of business owners from Main Street to Fortune 500 on the fundamentals of workers’ compensation cost control. From 2006 to 2012 he was a principal writer for the Workers’ Comp Insider, LynchRyan’s first-in-the-nation blog dedicated to risk management issues. He currently divides his time between his consulting businesses and his role as Senior Workers’ Compensation Consultant for the Renaissance Alliance, an aggregator based in Wellesley, MA serving more than 90 local agencies across New England.
Going back to 2008, Massachusetts thought it had resolved the thorny issue of who exactly is an independent contractor and who is an employee. The state has been guided by a directive from the MA Attorney ... Read More
WorkersCompensation.com President and CEO Bob Wilson's recent ruminations on subrogation in Texas remind me that subrogation is a frequently misunderstood part of the work comp system. The general ... Read More
It was a slam dunk case: Chipotle senior managers had it all on tape: on December 29, 2014, there was Jeanette Ortiz, general manager for the Mexican Grill near the Fresno State campus, crouching in front of ... Read More
That deafening roar you are not hearing is the workers’ comp system celebrating Mental Health Awareness month. In fact, when you mention mental health issues to employers and carriers, you’ll ... Read More
In the days before workers’ compensation first came to America in 1912, workers injured on the job had to sue their employers and prove negligence in order to receive compensation for their injuries. ... Read More
There are about 29 million diabetics in America, many of whom are working. Their diabetes, a complex, risk-laden co-morbidity, can turn a simple injury into a career-ending event. Here we have three tales ... Read More
The status of independent contractors is one of the fundamental dividing lines in today's economy. Independent contractors receive no benefits. There is no paid vacation, no paid sick leave, no retirement. ... Read More
I have the utmost respect for the number crunchers at NCCI. Through experience rating, they have contrived an ingenious mechanism for surcharging premiums of employers with high losses and discounting ... Read More
Stare Decisis, Death Penalty, and Workers' Comp These pages have featured the doctrine of stare decisis, a legacy of our English roots and the common law system that underpins our American judicial process. Literal translations are "to stand on the ...