This Week in Comp, March 27, 2015

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Well, well, well
Unhealthy habits can affect a person’s quality of life and feeling of self-worth, which can in turn affect their work performance and motivation. From an employer’s perspective, an unhealthy worker can result in increased health care costs and workers’ compensation claims, as well as decreased productivity. With corporate wellness programs, employers encourage a healthier lifestyle among their employees…MORE

Drive safely in work zones so we all get home
There are more than 2,500 active work zones in Texas at any given time, and they can be dangerous places for crews and motorists alike…MORE

Tennessee opt-out route hits roadblock
The Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation has unanimously decided not to recommend a bill that would allow employers to opt out of the state’s workers’ compensation system. Texas and Oklahoma remain the only states that allow employers to opt out of workers’ comp…MORE

How a healthy workforce makes the workplace safer and lowers workers’ comp costs
If your organization is managing employee health and safety separately, you’re not cashing in on the full ROI of the two programs. Kaiser Permanente estimates companies that combine chronic health condition management with workplace safety programs can reduce absenteeism by 28 percent and reduce workers’ comp claims by 30 percent, while also reducing overall workers’ comp claims costs…MORE

FMCSA shares plan for commercial motor vehicle driver restart study
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plan explains how the research team will measure and compare the fatigue and safety performance levels of drivers who take two or more nighttime rest periods during their 34-hour restart break with drivers who take one nighttime rest period during their restart break…MORE

Texting while driving officially banned in Mississippi
Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting while driving. Making and receiving phone calls remains legal…MORE

Texas House gives final OK to ban on texting while driving
This is not the first time the House has passed a bill banning texting while driving. The bill now goes before the Senate for a vote…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of health and safety news…MORE

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