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September 19, 2014
Workers’ Compensation Weekly Benefit Rates Set for October 1, 2014 Through September 30, 2015
AUSTIN, TX — In accordance with the Texas Labor Code (TLC) §408.047, the workers’ compensation state average weekly wage is equal to 88 percent of the average weekly wage in covered employment as computed each year by the Texas Workforce Commission under TLC §207.002(c).

September 15, 2014
DWC Recognizes 2014 Star of Texas Award Recipients
AUSTIN, TX—The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognizes the 2014 recipients of the Texas Star Award which honors peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

September 11, 2014
Texas Fatal Occupational Injuries Decrease in 2013
AUSTIN, TX - In 2013, there were 493 fatal occupational injuries in Texas, an eight percent decrease from 536 in 2012, according to preliminary data released today from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

August 27, 2014
REMINDER - DWC to Host Texas Workers’ Compensation Compliance Conference in Austin on September 12, 2014 and in Houston on October 21, 2014
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will host the Texas Workers’ Compensation Compliance Conference in 2014. The conference will be held in Austin on September 12, 2014 and repeated in Houston on October 21, 2014.

August 13, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

July 1, 2014
DWC Approves 12 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved twelve renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers’ compensation claims for a one-year period under the DWC Self-Insurance Program. These companies collectively employ approximately 36,678 employees in Texas.

July 1, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

June 25, 2014
Rule Aims to Assist Injured Employees Seeking Lifetime Income Benefits
AUSTIN, TX —The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is accepting public comment on a rule that will assist injured employees seeking Lifetime Income Benefits in the Texas workers’ compensation system.

June 13, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC).

May 22, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC).

May 5, 2014
DWC Hosts Texas Workplace Safety Summit May 6-8 in Austin
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared May 2014 as “Occupational Safety and Health Month” to recognize the importance of occupational safety and health practices to the well-being of every employee in Texas and to our vibrant economy.

April 22, 2014
Positive Trends in Texas WC System Include Lower Costs for Employers
AUSTIN, TX – Declining workplace injuries and fewer claims for workers’ compensation benefits are leading to lower costs for employers, Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon said today during invited testimony before the House Business & Industry Committee.

April 7, 2014
Commissioner Testifies: Closed Pharmacy Formulary Successfully Reduces Opioid Drug Prescriptions for Injured Employees
AUSTIN, TX - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon today presented testimony to the Texas House Committee on Public Health regarding the recent decline in the number and cost of opioid drug prescriptions in the Texas workers’ compensation system.

February 3, 2014
DWC Approves 11 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved eleven renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers’ compensation claims for a one-year period under the DWC Self-Insurance Program. These companies collectively employ approximately 20,159 employees in Texas.

January 31, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC).

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