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Wolf Administration Announces Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Cut, Further Lowering Cost of Doing Business in Pennsylvania

first_img Press Release Boyertown, PA –Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries for the Insurance Department and Labor & Industry today announced Pennsylvania businesses will see another cut in workers’ compensation insurance rates while maintaining benefit levels for injured workers.Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino made the announcement at an event at Global Advanced Metals in Boyertown.Workers’ comp insurance rates will drop 6.21 percent, effective April 1, reducing a key expense for many companies and saving Pennsylvania businesses an estimated $150 million this year.“This significant rate cut comes on top of reductions during my administration’s first two years, which improved our state’s standing across the nation for this cost of doing business,” said Governor Wolf. “Today’s reduction will further help business owners create jobs that pay in Pennsylvania and at the same time, maintain fair benefits for workers injured on the job, something that is vital for families’ financial well-being and peace of mind.”Today’s rate cut announcement comes following a national study released last November, showing Pennsylvania improved its standing among states in workers’ comp insurance costs under the Wolf Administration, dropping from 17th highest to 26th highest from 2014 to 2016.  The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services conducted the study comparing workers’ comp insurance rates for 50 selected employment classes based on methods that put states’ workers’ comp rates on a comparable basis with a constant set of state-specific risk classifications.Commissioner Miller said her department under Governor Wolf’s leadership is working to maintain a vibrant and competitive workers’ compensation insurance market, helping keep costs down.“More than 325 companies offer workers’ compensation insurance coverage in Pennsylvania,” Commissioner Miller said.  “This means employers are able to find attractive, cost-efficient options for this vital insurance.”The rate reduction follows the Insurance Department’s approval of the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau’s annual loss cost filing. These loss costs are used to determine the premiums businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance. The premium savings for an individual employer will vary based on the employer’s risk classification, claims experience and other factors. Not all employers will see a decrease.This is the sixth consecutive workers’ compensation insurance cut in as many years, and brings the cumulative savings to $720 million for the past six years. Workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of medical care and rehabilitation for injured workers, and lost wages and death benefits for the dependents of those killed in work-related accidents.The other important component of today’s announcement is that benefit levels have been maintained for injured workers.  Labor & Industry Secretary Manderino said certified workplace safety committees, overseen by her department, are key for both cost and safety.“Certified workplace safety committees help employers and workers keep safety top-of-mind at all times,” Secretary Manderino said.  “And those companies with a committee receive a five percent discount on their workers’ comp insurance premiums.”More than 11,220 state-certified workplace safety committees have been established since March 1994, protecting more than 1,463,000 workers. Additionally, employers with certified workplace safety committees have saved close to $604.2 million in workers’ compensation premiums. These savings in insurance costs are due solely to the five percent premium discount provided to businesses that have these committees.Global Advanced Metals has a long-standing certified workplace safety committee and won a Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence in 2016. Global is a leading manufacturer of high performance tantalum metallurgical and powder products to the electronics, aerospace, automotive, and chemical manufacturing industries.“Global Advanced Metals, Inc. is proud of our safety record, which is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our workforce to our safety process.  This dedication to safety has been instrumental in our successful certification as an OSHA VPP Star site since 2008, as well as receiving the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence,” said Mark Lackey, Boyertown Facility General Manager.  “We could not have achieved this level without the safety focus and effort from all of our employees and contractors.  It is great to see that our efforts and the efforts of many companies in Pennsylvania have contributed to real cost reductions for current and future businesses in PA.”Secretary Manderino added her department’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Division provides employers with the most up-to-date and relevant safety information and benefits possible for employees.  Employers should contact their insurance company or agent for more information about how their workers’ compensation premiums will be affected.More information on Pennsylvania insurance products is available at www.insurance.pa.gov.For more information on making Pennsylvania’s workplaces safer, visit www.dli.pa.gov, “Workers’ Compensation Services.” March 30, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Wolf Administration Announces Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Cut, Further Lowering Cost of Doing Business in Pennsylvanialast_img read more


Serie A season to be extended until August 2

first_img In Germany, the Bundesliga is preparing to resume without spectators on May 9, making it the first major European league back in action, but the final go-ahead rests with political leaders. European football’s governing body UEFA on Thursday left the door open for leagues to bring an early end to their seasons and said qualification for the next Champions League should be “based on sporting merit”. Gravina said earlier September and October could be used to complete Serie A. Read Also: Napoli ready to rival Chelsea for Super Eagles forward UEFA did not however provide a detailed calendar for the resumption of competitions. One of the possible scenarios would be for national league and cup competitions to conclude in early August with the latter stages of this season’s Champions League and Europa League to be played later in the month. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Italian football chiefs on Thursday announced that the end of the Serie A season will be pushed back from June 30 to August 2 to finish the season suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo played Inter Milan behind closed doors on March 8 before the Serie A season was halted Federation president Gabriele Gravina said the FIGC would “adopt a resolution in the coming hours to postpone the end of the 2019⁄2020 sports season to August 2”. No sport has been played in Italy since March 9 as the country grapples with the COVID-19 crisis which has killed over 25,000 people. “The world of football is working incessantly and responsibly to find concrete and sustainable solutions to the crisis generated by Covid-19 including those necessary and indispensable to safeguard 2020-21 competitions,” Gravina said. Serie A’s 20 clubs on Tuesday voted unanimously to complete the league season, but the final decision will be down to the Italian government. The federation also hopes clubs can start training again from May 4, the date on which the government plans to start easing the containment measures.center_img Promoted ContentThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?These Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more


Whicker: Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks proves speed is overrated

first_imgThat is where Kyle Hendricks headed after he dominated Orange County baseball at Capistrano Valley High.“He wanted to go to Stanford,” said John Hendricks, his dad, who sat through a 32-degree doubleheader at Yale one day. “It’s been the same story going back to Little League. He didn’t throw hard, so people said he couldn’t pitch.”On Monday night Hendricks threw eight hitless innings at St. Louis. Jeremy Hazelbaker ruined it with a home run in the 9th, but Hendricks still won. He is 15-7, the third hardest-to-hit pitcher in the National League, and he ranks 2nd, 2nd and 2nd in on-base percentage-against, slugging percentage-against and OPS-against.He also ranks 2nd in the N.L. in OPS (0.960) and is first in ERA (2.03, or .0.44 ahead of second-place Noah Syndergaard).So Hendricks, 26, who will occasionally throw a 91 mph fastball on the open road with the wind at his back, is a viable candidate for the Cy Young Award. Young pitchers live with a theory that you might call Hendricks’ Law.Velocity equals warmth.Those who throw 95 mph and faster can pitch at USC, UCLA, Florida, Texas, many other T-shirt havens.Those who don’t throw 90 mph can pitch at Dartmouth. That’s in Hanover, New Hampshire, where the game is sometimes dependent on the snow blower. His tougher competition will be getting a Game One or a Game Two in the postseason for the pitching-infested Chicago Cubs.“They ask me if I’m surprised and I guess I am but not really,” John Hendricks said. “It’s always been his pattern. But he’s doing it against the best hitters in the world.”Hendricks is even being compared to ex-Cub and current Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, which almost floors him. But it’s the same principle. Hit spots, don’t walk people and compete. Maddux used to say that movement, command, pitch selection and changing speeds were the secrets. . “Notice I didn’t say anything about velocity,” he would add.“I was told by my dad and a lot of other people to not try to be something I’m not,” Hendricks said a couple of weeks ago when the Cubs visited Dodger Stadium. “That’s what I try to tell kids at camps. I never had the power stuff. Move the ball and manage the fastball and you can still succeed.”Kevin Kennedy, the Dodgers’ radio analyst, recently pointed out that hitters are now accustomed to all the 97 mph crackle. Far tougher to adjust to something slower, or better-placed. Hendricks is showing a whole cross-section of young pitchers that the old way to win still works, like a vinyl album, superseded but not invalidated.“The radar gun has ruined baseball,”John Hendricks said. “One day a couple of years ago, I saw some scouts at Angel Stadium and they asked how hard Kyle was throwing. I said, ‘Oh, he’s up to 55 now.’ They looked at me like I was the biggest smart-ass around.”Hendricks literally made every All-Star team in every minor league, coming up the ladder. That was after Texas took him in the seventh round and then shipped him to the Cubs for Ryan Dempster, who now wears who-shot-the-couch sport coats on MLB Network and gets to comment on Hendricks.There was only one unsatisfying year. In 2015, the Cubs rose to the playoffs but Hendricks struggled, by his standards, going 8-7 with a 3.95 ERA.““He had some stuff going on that isn’t public, but mainly he had dropped to 85,” John Hendricks said. “That meant there wasn’t much differential with his changeup.”“I had become a 2-pitch pitcher,” Kyle said. “I had mechanical issues and it was hard to focus on pitching. Bos (pitching coach Chris Bosio) worked on it and got me back on my back leg, and I started throwing more curves and 4-seamers to go with my changeup and 2-seamer. It opened up things for me.”Hendricks also spent a stretchy summer with Tom Wilson, formerly the Angels’ strength coach. A yoga program got him in better shape and allowed him to throw harder. Hendricks and Wilson have worked together for years, and Clyde Wright, the old Angels lefty who works for the club in alumni affairs, was one of Hendricks’ first coaches. Rod Carew, awaiting a heart transplant, also befriended the young right-hander.John once ran San Juan Hills Golf Course but now drives limousines in Evanston, Illinois for a family friend. Kyle lives four blocks from Wrigley Field, where nobody has thrown a World Series pitch since Oct. 10, 1945. Theoretically, it will be cold then.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more