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Second workers' comp hike OK'd

Pennsylvania employers face a small hike in workers' compensation premiums starting in April, the second increase this year in the cost of insuring against workplace injuries.

The first increase took effect Feb. 1 and, at 6.06 percent, represented one of the biggest jumps in workers' comp premiums in 25 years.

The second hike, slated to take effect April 1, is 0.7 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, a Philadelphia-based independent nonprofit that helps set workers’ comp premiums in the commonwealth.

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