Premiums of Commercial Insurance may even be tougher in 2021

January 28, 2021

(Arlington, VA, Economic & Insurance News by Insurance Market 360) – Insurance market place reality report of 2021 on NASDAX by Willis anticipates that the premium cost for commercial Insurance in every segment could be high in 2021. Business uncertainties, risk factors, manmade and natural calamities in addition to the ongoing pandemic all are contributing their share in the premium hike.

Study was done on various business activities related to environment, commercial liabilities, workers compensation, automobiles, director and officers Insurance and cyber market. Challenges are noticed in every sector and time is to assess the situation and bounce back to stabilize. Statistics on the website of Willis disclose that out of 17 sectors, Excess and Workers compensation are on the extremes with +150% and +4%  with respect to the premium range projections of 2021.

Joe Peiser, global head of Broking, Willis Towers Watson expressed,” “We have to look back to the defining hard market crisis of the mid-1980s to see market conditions of the proportions we are currently experiencing — one of double- and triple-digit rate increases in most lines of business and dramatically reduced capacity in key lines,” He added that, “However, our experience in this hard market is that there is a wide range of results; renewal results are not huddled around the mean. This means underwriters are underwriting, and there is the opportunity to differentiate your risk.”

In spite of all the odds, Commercial Insurance sector can cope up and stabilize by remodelling to the prevailing situations with the support of credible analytics, authentic data and systematic negotiation strategies!

Source: Willis Tower Watson


Insurance commissioner’s nod benefit 347K Policy holders of Los Angeles

January 27, 2021.

(Los Angeles, CA, Economic & Insurance News by Insurance Market 360) -The decision of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s approval to exempt 347K policy holders of Los Angeles from annual premium of 2020 against Bobcat fire brings up the total beneficiaries to 2.4 million against the holocaust in California. The resolution was taken with reference to the Governor Gavin Newsom’s official announcement on 25 September 2020 and in continuation of the law attested by him in 2018 to wave premiums as a timely exemption and relief from wildfire exigency.

R Lara expressed, “California’s devastating wildfires have affected millions of residents, and the last thing they need is to have to search for new insurance while they are still recovering,”.

He added, “By pushing the pause button on non-renewals, we will give breathing room to wildfire-scarred communities and homeowners as we all adapt, take steps to mitigate risks, and find further solutions to help stabilize the insurance market.”

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger appreciated the efforts of the executive in safeguarding millions of his state residents against ongoing sensitive situations.

Departments of Insurance, Forestry and Fire protection and Governors Emergency services will be on the task to trace out the limits of the obligatory deferment region and also to finalize the dimensions of Mount view fire on Mono, Oak fire in Mendocino and Slater fire in Del Notre regions which are included in the latest law.

Premium relaxation will be in force for a period of one year to all the communities mentioned on the portal of Insurance department, California.

Source: California Department of Insurance


Commercial Insurance premiums are on rise in Q320

January 26, 2021.

(Arlington, VA, Economic & Insurance News by Insurance Market 360) – Survey conducted by Willis Towers Watson, the leading Global Consultants with 36 commercial Insurers reported that the premium cost is increased by 10% on aggregate in the third quarter of 2020. The participated companies hold a share of 1/5th of total trade insurance policies. Examination was conducted on the premium rate for the same coverage in the third quarters of 2020 and 2019.

Major increase is observed in Excess/Umbrella directors and officers risk coverage. Trade Automobiles witnessed consecutive twelfth two digit increase while reasonable improvement is seen in Outlier in the last consecutive seven quarters. There is no significant change observed in small scale commercials but two digit excess is found in medium and big size commercial insurance premiums.

In this regard, Yi Jing, director, Insurance Consulting and Technology, Willis Towers Watson opined that, “While commercial insurance prices continued to rise this quarter at a significant rate, CLIPS data indicate the acceleration in prices observed in recent quarters stabilized somewhat,” Further,  “The price change level holding steady occurs despite the tethering impact of past workers compensation price reductions waning.”

Concept of CLIPS is all about analysing and review of the past data, business activities, general insurance cost and policy settlement ratio including the cost inflation of the claims. Further details regarding the price variations can be procured from the official portal of the lead agency,

Source: Willis Towers Watson


Covild-19 affected Medical Treatment in Employees Compensation in two quarters of 2020

January 20, 2021.

(Washington, DC, Economic & Insurance News by Insurance Market 360 ) -National Council on Compensation Insurance, NCCI disclose that there are repercussions on medical services and workers experiences due to the ongoing pandemic with reference to the medical data procured in the first and second quarters of 2020. The data was collected taking into account the number of inpatients, critical care, claims’ settlement, administration of drugs, number of surgeries conducted, surgical decisions taken and percentage of permissible drugs prescribed to patients. Undoubtedly, Covid-19 impacted the workers and will continue its disfigurement in the near future too and more official updates are expected as time progresses.

With the available data of two quarters of 2020, there is a significant decrease in claims in 2Q than 1Q. Steady statistics are observed in surgery claims in the reported period; surprisingly, drug share increased including prescription of pain-relieving medicines. Interestingly, change in the strategies for surgeries is witnessed with which the quantity of enucleates have decreased reasonably in the second quarter. Further, the ongoing impact of Corona is to be analysed and reviewed. Time alone can answer queries related to its impact on medical services and the related content will be built on as days pass on.

As a lead organization, NCCI is expected to update the latest information to be procured from various health departments on their medical dashboard of its official portal, Public and officials can surf the website to review and analyse the latest info for intra state and interstate comparisons.

Source: National Council on Compensation


Former Union President Sentenced for Violent Extortion

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Former Union President Sentenced for Violent Extortion

The former president of Iron Workers Local 395 was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for his role in organizing a brutal assault on a group of non-union ironworkers in Dyer, Indiana.

The attack, which left multiple workers with serious injuries, was part of an effort to obtain a contract for Local 395 to assist with the construction of the Plum Creek Christian Academy, a school affiliated with the Dyer Baptist Church.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Irene Lindow, Chicago Regional Office, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG) and Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office made the announcement.

Jeffrey Veach, 57, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of extortion conspiracy, along with co-defendant Thomas Williamson Sr., 69. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Theresa Springmann of the Northern District of Indiana. Williamson is scheduled to be sentenced separately by Judge Springmann on Dec. 15.

Veach resigned as president of Local 395, following his guilty plea in January. Under federal law, Veach will be barred from holding any union position for at least 13 years following the end of his prison sentence.

Pursuant to his plea agreement, Veach admitted that in January 2016, he learned that D5 Iron Works – a non-union ironworking company from Illinois – was performing work for the Dyer Baptist Church, in Local 395’s “territory.” On the morning of Jan. 7, Veach and Williamson visited the construction site in order to persuade the D5 workers to sign up with the union or stop work on the site.  When they were rebuffed, Veach brought rank-and-file members of Local 395 to the construction site later that day.  At Veach’s direction, the union members conducted a coordinated attacked on the D5 workers.  The victims were beaten with fists and loose pieces of hardwood.  As a result of the attack, one of the workers sustained a broken jaw that required several surgeries and hospitalization.

The DOL-OIG, FBI, and Dyer Police Department investigated the case.  Trial Attorneys Alexander Gottfried and Robert Tully of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.  The Organized Crime and Gang Section’s Labor Unit supports federal criminal prosecutions in cases involving labor-management relations, internal union affairs, and the operation of employee pension and health care plans.  Assistant Chief for Labor-Management Racketeering Gerald Toner provided critical assistance in the prosecution of this case.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at

Violent Crime
Criminal Division
Criminal – Organized Crime and Gang Section
Press Release Number: 
   Updated September 23, 2020


Source: U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Department of Justice issued the above News Release on September 23, 2020.

Fact Sheet: Service Use among Medicaid & CHIP Beneficiaries age 18 and Under during COVID-19

Sep 23, 2020 | Medicaid & CHIP


To monitor the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing its first ever preliminary data snapshot focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on service utilization for children age 18 and under enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This analysis is essential to understanding the broad ranging impacts of COVID-19, as Medicaid and CHIP cover nearly 40 million children, including three quarters of children living in poverty[1] and many with special health care needs that require health services.[2]  The preliminary findings contained in this data snapshot show that, while some data suggest that children may have less severe illness from COVID-19 compared to adults, their service utilization across many key domains, such as primary, preventive, dental and mental health services, has dropped over the past few months.

CMS’s release of COVID-19 data for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP is a major step toward sharing timely data on some of the nation’s largest and most important health insurance programs. These results are essential for ensuring not only robust monitoring and oversight of Medicaid and CHIP, but also understanding the impact of the PHE on children and highlighting the distinct result COVID-19 has had on children’s service utilization. By using these results, CMS, states, and other key stakeholders can help drive better health outcomes for some of our nation’s most vulnerable beneficiaries and ensure that children receive the care they need. 


The preliminary data shows that beneficiaries age 18 and under enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP had relatively low treatment rates due to COVID-19. Although more than 250,000 children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP were tested for COVID-19 through June 2020, only about 32,000 received treatment for COVID-19 and fewer than 1,000 were hospitalized for COVID-19 through the end of May.

However, even though treatment rates for COVID-19 in children appear lower than for other age groups, while enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP has simultaneously increased, we have observed a decline in service use among this population across a number of key domains. When compared to data from the same time period last year (March through May 2019), preliminary data for 2020 shows 1.7 million (22%) fewer vaccinations for beneficiaries up to age 2, 3.2 million (44%) fewer child screening services, 6.9 million (44%) fewer outpatient mental health services even after accounting for increased telehealth services, and 7.6 million (69%) fewer dental services.

Data Sources & Definitions                                                                                                                 

Medicaid and CHIP providers, managed care agencies, and Pharmacy Benefit Managers submit administrative claims data to state Medicaid and CHIP agencies for processing. Those state agencies subsequently submit the data to CMS on a monthly basis via the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS), a uniform, national data system for Medicaid and CHIP. Because T-MSIS submissions are difficult to analyze due to their large size and complex relational structure, CMS developed the research-optimized T-MSIS Analytic Files (TAF) to facilitate the analysis of Medicaid and CHIP data. Additional information about TAF can be found here. This data snapshot utilizes the 2020 TAF to monitor ongoing outcomes related to COVID-19, including measures of Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, COVID-related treatment, and service use. Due to claims submission lags related to state processing and submission via T-MSIS, this analysis primarily focuses on service utilization and health outcomes through the end of May 2020. 

CMS measured enrollment, forgone care, and COVID-related treatment using the following logic:

Enrollment: This analysis includes records for every beneficiary who has any Medicaid or CHIP enrollment record in a given month and is under the age of 19, regardless of the scope of their benefits.

Vaccinations: Vaccinations are identified CPT codes. The vaccines included in this analysis are DTaP, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, Hib, Pneumococcal conjugate, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A, and Rotavirus.

Child screening services: Child screenings are identified by two types of codes in claims. The first type is Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that are specific to visits by new or established patients (99381-99385 or 99391-99395) and to initial hospital or birth center care for newborns (99460, 99461, 99463). The second type is general CPT codes for new (99202–99205) or established (99213–99215) patients along with a diagnosis code indicating that the service was provided to a child younger than 19 (e.g., Z00.110 Health examination for newborn under 8 days old).

Dental Services: Dental services are defined on the basis of the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) and CPT code groups from standard annual reporting of the states’ participation in the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program (CMS-416).

Mental health services: Mental health services are identified by claims in which the diagnosis is a mental health condition. In addition to diagnosis, the services are grouped on the claim by type, with this analysis focusing on outpatient claims.

Telehealth: Telehealth is identified through a combination of procedure codes and procedure code modifiers.

COVID testing services: All COVID-19 testing services are grouped into three categories: diagnostic testing, antibody testing, and specimen collection. Diagnostic testing indicates whether an individual has COVID-19. Antibody testing is designed to detect antibodies produced in response to being previously exposed to COVID-19. Specimen collection is the process of obtaining the samples that are necessary to test for COVID-19. Diagnostic testing is identified via Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) codes U0001, U0002, U0003, and U004 and CPT code 87635. Antibody testing is identified via CPT codes 86328 and 86769. Specimen collection is identified via HCPCS codes G2023 and G2024.

COVID-19 treatment: We use the following International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Tenth Revision (ICD-10), diagnosis codes to identify beneficiaries who received treatment for COVID-19:

  • B97.29 (other coronavirus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere) – before April 1, 2020
  • U07.1 (2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19) – from April 1, 2020 onward. 

Although CMS does use lab claims for identifying COVID-19 treatment, CMS does not receive lab results from states and cannot determine whether a lab test was positive. Therefore, Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 cases are only identifiable in TAF data when there is a corresponding COVID-19 related service.

Key Considerations                                                                                                                          

Readers should use caution when interpreting these results as CMS collects Medicaid and CHIP data for programmatic purposes only, not for public health surveillance. Given the complex process of states collecting, processing, and transmitting claims via T-MSIS, it can take nearly 7 months for CMS to receive 90% of claims. Therefore, this delay between when a service occurs and when it is reflected in TAF, or the “claims lag,” may impact the accuracy of the results. The length of the lag depends on the submitting state, claim type, and delivery system. It is possible that there is a longer claims lag due to the pandemic. Further, in addition to claims lag, states vary widely in terms of the completeness and accuracy of their T-MSIS data submissions. Additional information about state data quality can be found here and here. 

Next Steps                                                                                                                                         

CMS is committed to working with our state partners to help close these gaps in Medicaid and CHIP children’s healthcare, and we will continue to monitor both the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on the Medicaid and CHIP populations using TAF data.



[1] Cornachione, Elizabeth, Robin Rudowitz, and Samantha Artiga. 2016. Children’s Health Coverage: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP and Issues for the Future. Kaiser Family Foundation. Available at:

[2] Musumeci, MaryBeth and Priya Chidambaram. 2019. Medicaid’s Role for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Look at Eligibility, Services, and Spending. Kaiser Family Foundation. Available at: 


Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the above News Release on September 23, 2020.

William M. Kelly, M.D., Inc And Omega Imaging, Inc. Agree To Pay $5 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims For Unsupervised And Unaccredited Radiology Services

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

William M. Kelly, M.D., Inc And Omega Imaging, Inc. Agree To Pay $5 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims For Unsupervised And Unaccredited Radiology Services

William M. Kelly Inc. and Omega Imaging Inc., together, operate 11 radiology facilities in Southern California, have agreed to pay the United States $5 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly submitting claims to Medicare and the military healthcare program, TRICARE, for unsupervised radiology services and services provided at unaccredited facilities, the Department of Justice announced today.

“Today’s settlement demonstrates the department’s unrelenting commitment to protect the public fisc and patient safety,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.  “The department will aggressively pursue unscrupulous healthcare providers who cut corners that could jeopardize the health and safety of Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries.” 

“Patients rightly expect that medical providers follow the proper procedures and protocol when administering complex treatments to ensure patient safety,” said Timothy B. DeFrancesca, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  “Working with our law enforcement partners we remain steadfast in our commitment to uphold the integrity of government health programs.”

The settlement resolves allegations that the defendants submitted claims for CT scans and MRIs involving contrast injections that were not properly supervised by a physician.  Applicable program rules require a physician to be present in the office suite when a patient undergoes an examination that involves the administration of intravenous contrast material.  The defendants allegedly performed and billed for these procedures when no supervising physician was present in the office suite.  The settlement also resolves allegations that a certain number of the defendants’ facilities lacked accreditation.

Contemporaneous with the settlement, William M. Kelly, Inc. and Omega Imaging Inc. entered into a three-year Integrity Agreement (IA) with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General requiring, among other things, the implementation of a risk assessment and internal review process designed to identify and address evolving compliance risks.  The IA requires training, auditing, and monitoring designed to address the conduct alleged in the case.

The settlement, which was based on the defendants’ ability to pay, resolves allegations originally brought in a lawsuit filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the FCA by Syd Ackerman, who was formerly employed by the defendants.  The FCA permits private parties to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to receive a share of any recovery.  The FCA permits the United States to intervene in such a lawsuit, as it did in part here.  Mr. Ackerman will receive approximately $925,000 of the settlement proceeds.

This settlement was the result of a coordinated effort by the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California; the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General and Office of Investigations; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; and the Defense Health Agency Office of General Counsel. The qui tam case is captioned United States ex rel. Syd Ackerman v. William M. Kelly, M.D., Inc. and Omega Imaging, Inc., No. EDCV 13-02195 JGB (DTBx) (C.D. Cal.). 

The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

False Claims Act
Civil Division
Press Release Number: 
Updated September 14, 2020


Source: U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Department of Justice issued the above News Release on September 9, 2020.

Ladera Ranch self-storage management company fined $250,000 for unlicensed activity

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: September 4, 2020
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Ladera Ranch self-storage management company fined $250,000

ORANGE, Calif.  The California Department of Insurance fined self-storage company, SmartStop Asset Management, LLC, $250,000 in monetary penalties for offering and selling more than $2.1 million in insurance products to its renters without an insurance license.

“Companies that are not properly licensed to transact insurance in California place policyholders at risk because the insurers have not met the standards required under state law,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “In this case, my Department’s investigation ended this illegal activity to protect California renters throughout the state.”

SmartStop Asset Management, LLC and its affiliates, collectively “SmartStop”, control, manage, or contract with other entities to manage self-storage facilities that are leased to California renters.

On July 27, 2020, the Department issued a Cease and Desist order to SmartStop, requiring the unlicensed company to immediately stop selling insurance products to their California storage unit renters. The Cease and Desist Order alleges between October 2017 and July 2019, SmartStop offered and sold approximately 19,500 insurance policies to California consumers without an insurance license from the Department as required by law.

The Department’s investigation discovered SmartStop charged renters more than $2.1 million for renters’ insurance, retaining more than $1.8 million as operating fees. It was not disclosed to renters that they would be paying high fees to SmartStop for insurance that actually cost far less.

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.


Source: California Department of Insurance.

California Department of Insurance issued the above Press Release on September 4, 2020.

Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover reimbursement costs for those displaced during wildfires

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: September 3, 2020
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Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover reimbursement costs for those displaced during wildfires

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — To assist Californians displaced by the current and recent wildfires throughout the state, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice to all California property and casualty insurance companies urging them to cover Additional Living Expenses (ALE) for those policyholders who remain under mandatory evacuation or whose homes are otherwise inaccessible or uninhabitable due to the wildfires.

“When people are told to get out of harm’s way by first responders, they should be able to access insurance benefits, not be forced to pay out of pocket for necessary emergency costs when they are still under evacuation orders or without water or power,” said Commissioner Lara. “While I have sponsored legislation to address this issue, people need help now to recover from these devastating fires.”

All homeowners’ insurance policies provide benefits for loss of use or ALE to cover the extra costs associated with temporary lodging, transportation, clothing, and other necessities caused by a covered peril, such as a wildfire, that renders the home uninhabitable or inaccessible. Homeowners’ insurance policies also cover ALE if access to the home is restricted in cases where a civil authority has issued mandatory evacuation orders from the recent and ongoing wildfires impacting most of the state.

“When you’ve lost the use of your home due to a disaster, you have a reasonable expectation that the insurance you’ve been paying for will cover your temporary living expenses,” said Amy Bach, Executive Director of United Policyholders. “That’s one of the primary benefits of home insurance. We commend Commissioner Lara for reminding insurers of this very basic, important obligation.”

The Department of Insurance has received numerous complaints from policyholders who are hearing from insurance companies that their ALE benefits are being terminated after the initial two weeks unless the insurance company can verify, or the policyholder can prove, that the policyholder’s property suffered damage due to the fires and is still currently uninhabitable, even though mandatory evacuation orders are still in effect in some areas. The Department has also received several related consumer complaints of ALE benefits being discontinued when their homes are uninhabitable due to lost power or water service as a result of the wildfires.

Commissioner Lara sponsored Senate Bill 872, authored by Senator Bill Dodd, this legislative year to address these and other insurance claims issues following a wildfire emergency. The bill has passed the State Legislature with strong bipartisan support and is now heading to the Governor for his consideration. SB 872 would allow for an extension of the two-week limit that is currently in place, and allow for coverage when a home is not damaged but is otherwise uninhabitable for another reason, such as having no electricity or water service caused by a covered peril. The bill would also require an advance payment of no less than four months for costs for living expenses and mandate an advance payment of no less than 25 percent of a policy limit for lost contents without submission of an inventory form, among other consumer protections.

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Media note:

  • Notice on Continuation of Additional Living Expense (ALE) Benefits

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.


Source: California Department of Insurance.

California Department of Insurance issued the above Press Release on September 3, 2020.


WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released work-related injury and illness data electronically submitted by employers. The agency has posted Form 300A data for calendar years 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as a data dictionary.

The release follows two rulings in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases. See Center for Investigative Reporting v. Department of Labor, No. 4:18-cv-02414-DMR, 2020 WL 2995209 (N.D. Cal. June 4, 2020); Public Citizen Foundation v. United States Department of Labor, No. 1:18-cv-00117 (D.D.C. June 23, 2020).

Electronic submissions are required of establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.

The fact that an employer provided data does not mean that the employer is at fault, that the employer has violated any OSHA requirements, that OSHA has found any violations, or that the employee is eligible for workers’ compensation or other benefits.

For more information, and a link to the Injury Tracking Application, visit the Injury Tracking Application Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.



Occupational Safety & Health Administration


September 4, 2020
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Contact: Megan Sweeney
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Source: United States Department of Labor.

United States Department of Labor issued the above News Release on September 4, 2020.