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A dozen insurance companies have challenged the Occupational Safely and Health Administration's ergonomics regulation in federal court--the third major lawsuit filed by business groups over the new workplace requirement.
Insurers allege OSHA exceeded its authority by establishing a federal program for compensating employees who suffer musculoskeletal injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.
This "parallel universe of compensation" threatens the stability of state-based workers' compensation programs, says Bruce Wood, assistant general counsel of the American Insurance Association.
Insurers also say OSHA's new regulation gives …