A Pandemic in Play: Love, Basketball and 10 Tips for Success in Virtual Mediation
July 22, 2020
Amanda Thompson, J.D., Senior Vice President
It has now been exactly four months since my world changed in the midst of this life-changing pandemic. On March 11, 2020, I got the call from my 84-year-old mother, who – in a most dreadful and devastated voice – shared with me important news: She informed me that the NBA had canceled its season.
In the midst of a pandemic, my mother wrestled with the loss of her favorite sport just as I struggled with how mediations of Texas negligence liability claims could be conducted by video conference (or “virtually”). Basketball and virtual mediations? If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s to stay on your toes and not waste a second of game play, so lessons from the court translate well into business in a pandemic, too. Here are my tips for achieving success through virtual mediation, inspired by my mother’s favorite sport.
Fifth Circuit Further Addresses Arbitration Exemption for Transportation Workers
July 21, 2020
Julie M. Lambeth, J.D., Executive Vice President
Texas injury benefit programs cannot mandate arbitration of actual benefit disputes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). However, such programs commonly mandate arbitration of any negligence liability claim by injured employees. The key to this ability on liability claims is the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), which is of significant importance to nonsubscribers to Texas workers’ compensation. Read more here >>
Five Questions with Dikxi Varughese, Claims Manager
July 19, 2020
Like most parents, Dikxi Varughese has had to get creative to balance the challenges of work and family life in the midst of a pandemic. Find out how her open-minded approach and deep faith guides her in her roles as a mom and wife, and in her job as a claims manager with PartnerSource. Meet Dikxi.
4 things we’ve learned about COVID-19 & Texas Injury Benefit Programs
June 23, 2020
By Bill Minick, Chairman
Employers in and out of Texas workers’ comp handle COVID-19 injury claims similarly, and may have related liability exposures. But the pace of innovation and performance continues much faster in the Texas injury benefit program environment, led by companies that employ unsung heroes we finally recognize. Read more.
Podcast on the “QCARE Designation: What it Means for Texas Injury Benefit Programs”
June 16, 2020
This “Workers’ Comp Matters” podcast is hosted by Alan Pierce, one of the most respected and accomplished workers’ compensation claimant attorneys in the U.S. Alan visits with Bill Minick, chairman of PartnerSource, about why Texas laws differ from the rest of the country and how the newly-developed QCARE designation is an important marker of responsibility for Texas injury benefit programs. Click here to listen to this insightful conversation.
Five Questions with Amber Labry
June 15, 2020
As executive support for Jennifer Hurless, PartnerSource president, Amber Labry provides that extra hand that keeps things moving smoothly. Her creativity and passion for the mission of PartnerSource also make her a great addition to the marketing team, where she uses her design and organization skills to help others understand how PartnerSource can benefit their employees and their business. Meet Amber.
Form 5500 Filing Requirements During the Pandemic
June 10, 2020
Like most, your Texas Injury Benefit Plan may define the "plan year" as January 1 through December 31. If this is the case, your Form 5500 will be due on July 31, 2020 (the filing deadline is seven months after the end of the plan year). While the U.S. Government has extended some deadlines related to Employee Benefit Plans due to the COVID-19 national emergency, this does not apply to Form 5500 filing deadlines. Learn more here.
DOL EXTENDS ERISA CLAIM FILING DEADLINES
May 10, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has just issued a new rule that extends certain timeframes for Texas injury benefit and other ERISA plan participants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule became effective on April 30, 2020. We provide this initial guidance in good faith, using the information available to us at this time. We recommend all Texas injury benefit plan employer sponsors, service providers and insurers immediately and thoughtfully consider. Read more>>
Texas Supreme Court Changes Injury Litigation Rules for COVID-19
On April 27, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court issued its Twelfth Emergency Order regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. Of significance to personal injury and employment litigation, this Order does the following ...
FACTOR THIS: EXPOSING PREDATORY PRACTICES OF MEDICAL FACTORING COMPANIES AND RELATED INJURY LITIGATION
May 7, 2020
By Julie Lambeth, JD, PartnerSource Executive Vice President
We have all seen the attorney television advertisements touting large awards for their clients. They claim to fight the insurance companies to obtain the compensation their clients deserve for injuries sustained in an accident. This begs the question of how personal injury claims are being valued. Read full article>>
Five Questions With: Jason Thurmond
May 4, 2020
Jason Thurmond’s career went from construction and flooring to working with clients on their Texas injury benefit plans. While that may seem like an unlikely jump to some, for Jason it was pursuing a passion for taking care of people.
FAQ on COVID-19 under Texas injury benefit programs
May 1, 2020
On March 16, PartnerSource provided a client update on COVID-19 and Texas Injury Benefit Programs. Learn more about our second installment of COVID-19 guidance. Read more>>
Texas Nonsubscriber Insurance Market Insights
After more than a decade of hyper-competition that has driven soft (low premium) pricing from innovative insurers, the market for Texas injury benefit programs has experienced significant change in the past year. Read more>
Five Questions With Gabe Saenz
Gabe Saenz, senior team coordinator, celebrates his two-year anniversary with PartnerSource in April. Before joining PartnerSource, Saenz spent 10 years working in the legal profession. He spends a few minutes telling us about his work, his creativity, and a motto in which he finds great inspiration. Meet Gabe.
Texas Innovation: Applied to Injury Benefits
One of the many reasons Texas is a unique place for business is the opportunity to choose your own responsible injury benefit program. NTX, a publication of the North Texas Commission, profiled PartnerSource in its most recent issue, which focused on the future for Texas businesses. Read more>
Benchmarking studies reflect strong performance for injured employees, employers
Relying on the largest claims database for Texas injury benefit programs, PartnerSource performs biennial benchmarking studies within the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, trucking & distribution, restaurant, and hospitality industries. Read More>
Top 5 tips on getting injured workers back to work
The likelihood of a long, expensive leave of absence skyrockets if an injured employee is not treated well and the employer is disengaged. Learn 5 tips on getting injured workers back to work.
Five Questions With: Kelly Jones, director of administrative services and TSETA program manager
Kelly wears many hats at PartnerSource, and she keeps processes moving smoothly. What don’t you know about this 15-year veteran? You might be surprised to find out! Get to know Kelly>>
Top 4 Arbitration Practice Tips … At The Front End
July 22, 2019
by Amanda Thompson, PartnerSource Team Leader
There are well-established Texas law that favors agreements between workers and companies to arbitrate negligence liability claims. Learn four tips for arbitration.
Bucking trends in injured worker care for 25 years
June 26, 2019
Almost overnight, companies ramped up outsourcing of human capital processes, including workers’ compensation claims management. In the midst of rapid globalization and rethinking how best to support on-the-job injuries, PartnerSource was formed.
Texas injury benefit plans powered by PartnerSource keep getting better
June 20, 2019
Thirty years ago, senior partners at Dallas’ oldest and largest law firm were telling their young-pup-lawyer, Bill Minick (now PartnerSource Chairman) about how clients could no longer stay in business due to crazy-high workers’ compensation insurance costs.
On-the-job injury is a simple social policy issue, right? Well, not exactly… But it may be more straight-forward than you think.
June 10, 2019
Important topics that require determination and insight do need to be addressed, like injury benefit eligibility and benefit adequacy.
New Tax Laws Benefit Texas Workers in Alternative Plans
April 15, 2019
2018 opt-out taxes are down, so “Tim’s” injury benefits are up when he loses time from work
What about the Workers? Explosive Growth in Gig Economy, Including Lyft and Uber, Brings Worker Benefit Programs to Forefront
March 29, 2019
It’s ‘back to the future,’ as embryonic gig worker benefit programs look like Texas injury benefit plans 30 years ago
There’s no shortage of investment in the growing gig economy. With it comes significant interest in finding out how our modern workplace’s workers will be covered in the event of an injury or illness on the job. Read More>
PartnerSource Names Compassionate Service Award Winners
December 12, 2018
PartnerSource, the leading source for responsible alternatives to traditional workers’ compensation, recently honored two industry professionals with awards for outstanding commitment and dedication...
December 6, 2016
"This new TDI report, coupled with actuarial data on Texas Option performance -- which we have extensive and verifiable results on -- provides clear proof that Texas’ competitive environment encourages innovation and delivers positive results."
Oklahoma Innovative Work Comp Alternative Works, New Survey Says
February 11, 2016
The workers’ compensation alternative that Oklahoma legislators passed in 2013 is working, according to a new client survey conducted by PartnerSource. This is the first time data on the “Oklahoma Option” has been compiled.
Oklahoma Option Supreme Court Litigation and PCI Report on Cost Shifting
June 30, 2016
Option success: “The Oklahoma Option has been very successful in providing more information to workers on their rights and responsibilities, improving disability benefits for injured workers and achieving better medical outcomes. It has also dramatically reduced the number of claim disputes between employers and workers, and reduced costs for employers and taxpayers, which supports creation of new jobs in a struggling Oklahoma economy.”