EMPLOYERS’ Nelson To Testify Before Ohio Competitive WC Task Force

                               Columbus, OH - EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist®, today announced that Ann W. Nelson, executive vice president, corporate and public affairs, will testify before the Ohio Competitive Workers' Compensation Task Force, a unit established by the Ohio State Senate to review the feasibility of allowing employers the option to obtain private insurance to insure their obligations under the state's workers' compensation system. 

Nelson, along with EMPLOYERS' President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Dirks, successfully orchestrated the privatization of Nevada's workers' compensation state fund in 1999.  What was once Nevada's state fund is now part of Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EIG), whose insurance subsidiaries offer workers' compensation insurance in 30 states and which is widely considered a model success story in state fund privatization.

What: In an effort to ensure long-term viability of a workers' compensation program in Ohio that protects injured workers and is affordable and reliable for employers, the Competitive Workers' Compensation Task Force will review the current state workers' compensation insurance offerings and examine the efforts made by other states to open their workers' compensation markets to private competition.

Ann Nelson will testify before the Task Force on her experience in successfully privatizing Nevada's workers' compensation state fund in 1999 and provide her insights into how Nevada's success could apply to Ohio.  Nelson is recognized as an authority in the area of privatization and has previously testified before Task Forces in Oklahoma and Colorado.


Thursday, May 27, 2010
10 a.m. EDT


Senate Building
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, Ohio  43215

Interviews:    Nelson is available for media interviews and background briefings regarding Nevada's successful privatization of its worker's compensation state fund.  

About Employers Holdings, Inc.
Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EIG) is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries. The company, through its subsidiaries, operates throughout the United States. Insurance is offered by Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

Source: Employers Holdings, Inc.

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