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16
Oct
2020

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

17
Sep
2020

Winless weekend motivates struggling Wisconsin

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAlthough the Wisconsin women’s soccer team went winless against a pair of unranked teams this weekend, University of Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst thinks the team played great.The Badgers lost in overtime to Illinois Sunday and tied Iowa Friday. Despite a poor start against the Illini, Duerst’s admits his team should have won.”We played great, actually,” Duerst said. “We played our worst half of soccer all season in the first half against Illinois. Conditions on the field were just miserable and the wind was a factor, and they scored two goals first 15 [minutes], second half we scored two goals the first 15[minutes].”It’s a game we should have won,” he continued. “You look at should-haves, it’s how this team handles that and I think they’re experienced, they know what to expect … We have played excellent soccer and from a coaching standpoint, we’ve got it going and now we just need to … move forward, get better, keep improving because we know how critical your last ten games make your season.” Seniors Amy Vermeulen and Marisa Brown and juniors Kara Kabellis and Allison Priess each scored goals for the Badgers over the weekend.Vermeulen leads the Badgers in goals with five goals. Both Priess and Vermeulen lead the team with 10 points apiece.With four upperclassmen leading the way for the Badgers, Duerst expects his team to continue to improve with each game.”Our team is very balanced right now in our scoring, which is what a coach always wants,” Duerst said. “We’ve got numerous players getting points for us … We have an experienced group of players.Tiffany Weimer: Wisconsin’s match-up against No. 2 Penn State might be the team’s most crucial game of the season. The Badgers have already lost one match to a top-10 team, No. 3 Portland.The Badgers saw a more complete and talented team when they played Portland. However, Penn State is a different team and is led by only one player, Tiffany Weimer.”Portland this year obviously opened our eyes in a different way,” Duerst said. “But with Penn State, they’re a team we can beat. We’ve had success against them so that’s important going into the match … Penn State has one incredible player (Weimer) and a very, very athletic, solid team behind them. I think Portland is a team with overall a much better soccer team. The thing is Penn State is more athletic and more physical and that’s part of the way our conference is.”Weimer has already scored 15 goals in only 10 games for the Nittany Lions. She is just eight goals shy of Christie Welsh’s Big Ten record of 82 career goals and has scored in all 10 games for Penn State.Weimer helped lead Penn State to a double-win weekend against Indiana and Purdue. The Nittany Lions creamed the Hoosiers 2-0 and beat the Boilermakers 3-2 in overtime.”Penn State offers just a great challenge,” Duerst said. “They’re 10-0. They’re No. 2 in the country. We played Portland, No. 3 in the country, so it’s going to be a great game.”Penn State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 11-1-3. The Badgers’ only win against Penn State was 10 years ago when UW beat Penn State 1-0. Last year, the Badgers lost 4-0 to the Nittany Lions. Two years ago, Wisconsin tied Penn State 0-0.Border Battle: The Badgers will return home this weekend to face border-rival Minnesota and No. 2 Penn State.Penn State leads the Big Ten with 10 consecutive wins while Minnesota is currently ranked No. 6 in the Big Ten with five wins.”It’s just going to be a great weekend because this Border Battle is starting to really grow with our team,” Duerst said.Wisconsin took the early lead in the second annual Border Battle when the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team upended the No. 5 Golden Gophers Friday night.The women’s soccer team will look to avenge last year’s 2-1 loss to the Gophers at the McClimon Soccer Complex.last_img read more

17
Sep
2020

Olivero: After much-awaited win at USF, time is now for Marrone, rest of SU

first_img Published on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Doug Marrone is one who has never shied away from the fact that things take time. His ascent to the Syracuse head coaching position took time — 17 years. Marrone’s attempt to groom 22 players of Big East caliber who fit his mold took time. And that win last week, the win in which Syracuse leapfrogged everyone in the Big East, the win in which he shed a tear for his players — the ones who have needed the time to grow — took time. But for any meaningful stretch of time, there is a beginning. ‘All the hard work and everything put into getting to that point is just beginning,’ Marrone said Monday. ‘So it’s still a long way to go. We aren’t even halfway done with the season. We have to keep getting better every week. I have been saying that for a long time, but it’s the truth.’ It may be ‘a long way to go,’ but here it comes. Quickly. Time is about to fly by. This Syracuse team doesn’t have any more time. Pittsburgh enters the Carrier Dome Saturday. Then there is the trip to West Virginia. That luxury of time — the luxury Marrone’s program has used as a crutch through eight wins and nine losses — is gone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The time is now. The time is the next two weeks. The growing and the steps that it took to get Syracuse to its first Big East-defining win over South Florida took all of the 666 days since Marrone took the job. Syracuse didn’t make the leap until last Saturday. But time’s up. With the upcoming two weeks, it could become two weeks full of two seasons worth of exponential growing for this Orange team. Something SU football hasn’t encountered in recent memory, thanks to this year’s schedule. Last Friday, the Orange was still, to some, the laughingstock of the Big East. SU ranked at 93rd on the Rivals.com weekly power rankings — dead last in the Big East. Two spots below Rutgers. Forty-four spots below South Florida. Thirty-eight spots below Pittsburgh. Sixty-six spots below West Virginia. But in one week, Syracuse went from cellar to recognized. Now win this week, and you are a Big East favorite that only had seven days to relish the status of a marginal Big East contender. You are now a team traveling down to West Virginia on a bandwagon ready to compete in a game to become the Big East’s favorite. And you are favored by one point in this week’s game. It is funny how time has worked for this Syracuse football team this season. The time and the ramifications of it are reflected and pertain to the schedule Syracuse had to traverse. With the first four games, all the talk was of how the game against Akron and the two games versus Maine and Colgate refused to let fans and critics know exactly what this team is. Through four games, everything was a question mark. Time froze: Could this offensive line play? Who knows. Can this offense become balanced? Nothing has been proven yet. No longer the case. Within the span of these three weeks, time will not stand still. It will take the route of Antwon Bailey versus Colgate. Straight north and south. Zipping right by. But for the Orange, any kind of an exponential growth curve yielding in the Big East’s most favorable path to a BCS bowl following the WVU game starts with Saturday. And it starts with a withering down of the overarching theme canvassing this squad right now. It is about not wasting any time. SU can’t take time Saturday. As the one-point favorite against a team that doesn’t know where it is at right now, admitted by head coach Dave Wannstedt, SU has to blitz through and through. Not just on a Scott Shafer stunt call, even though that will be a part of it and aplenty. ‘I thought of wiping the slate clean,’ Wannstedt said. ‘I’ve been in these meetings, and I’ve done it before where you put a drape up over the first half of the season. I’ve done all of that stuff. I’m not sure where we’re at right now, how we’re trying to figure out who is doing what and how we’re trying to piece everything together.’ It has always been about mindset for Marrone. Saturday, it will be about a ‘go out and take what is yours’ mindset in the first quarter. Hit and wither away that low Panthers confidence until it is no longer there. But that can’t take time. It has to be an instant. And if the Orange is to get to 3-0 in the conference, the time it took to pummel Pitt in the Dome will seem like an instant over the course of these 21 days. Time stood still for this program since Marrone took over. Now he and SU must make sure time doesn’t pass them by. Tony Olivero is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aolivero@syr.edu. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

13
Aug
2020

Neymar suffers fractured metatarsal, serious doubt to face Real

first_imgMetatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months to recover from.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal with Manchester City, and has struggled with further injuries since.Neymar’s status for #PSG against Real Madrid will be in question after this nasty ankle injury … pic.twitter.com/krFQTavVgG— Goal (@goal) February 25, 2018Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past, with both still arguably being rushed back too soon for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups respectively.Brazil fans will also be keeping a close eye on Neymar’s fitness, especially after he missed their 2014 World Cup thrashing by Germany with injury.PSG, who lead the French top flight by a massive 14 points, also said that Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos had picked up a leg muscle problem.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Neymar carried off the pitch on Sunday’s game against Marseille where he picked the injuryParis, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar suffered a sprained ankle and a fractured metatarsal when he was stretchered off in Sunday’s win over Marseille, the Ligue 1 leaders announced on Monday.The Brazilian, who signed for PSG in a world-record move from Barcelona last year, is now a serious injury doubt for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes on March 6.PSG trail in the tie after a 3-1 first-leg defeat in Spain, with their hopes of a maiden Champions League title taking a further body blow with the confirmation of Neymar’s injury, although they didn’t specify how long the 26-year-old would be out of action. “Additional examinations performed today (ultrasound and CT) confirmed an external sprain of the right ankle, but also an associated fissure of the fifth metatarsal,” PSG said in a short statement.The chances of Neymar returning to fitness in time to face the reigning European champions now appear extremely slim.He is all but certain to miss Wednesday’s French Cup quarter-final against Marseille and the weekend’s Ligue 1 visit to Troyes, with the Real clash just three days later.last_img read more