In local news:

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration’s Second Injury Board met last Thursday and approved the assessment rate of 5.95 percent for the 2015 Second Injury Fund assessment, according to Second Injury Board Director Dan Lastrapes. He explained that the rate is slightly higher than 2014’s rate of 5.75 percent, because the assessment base (defined as all reported medical and indemnity, and a portion of vocational rehabilitation costs) dropped from a 2014 level of $879 million to a 2015 level of $841 million. Assessment Letters are currently being prepared for mailing to all carriers, group self-insured funds and permissibly self-insured employers that paid workers’ compensation benefits in 2014. The assessments are due and payable by December 24th, 2015.

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