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Oct 10

Workers’ comp case upheld in cellphone-related crash

The Virginia Court of Appeals has reaffirmed a $4,000 worker’s compensation award to a Virginia nurse who crashed her car while checking a cellphone. The case started in November 2009 when on-call hospice nurse Donna Turpin was driving at night in mountainous Southwest Virginia and noticed a flash on her personal cellphone, which was tucked …

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Oct 10

Majority of American Workers Wouldn’t Change a Thing About Their Boss, According to Adecco Survey

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — As the jobless rate continues to hover around 9 percent and the economy struggles to improve, American workers indicate their relationship with their boss is strong and positive. Seventy-eight percent of employed Americans feel their boss would “go to bat” for them if their job were on the …

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Oct 10

A.M. Best Analyst: Workers’ Comp Market Not on Upswing Anytime Soon

It’s unlikely that workers’ compensation writers will see that line of business turn around anytime soon, despite large-scale workers’ compensation reform bills enacted in several states this year, said Edward Keane, a senior financial analyst at A.M. Best. Keane said the deterioration that workers’ compensation insurance has seen during the past two years will continue …

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Oct 07

State Reduces Opioid Prescriptions in Workers’ Comp Cases

The guideline recommends that doctors curb prescribing large doses of the opioid painkillers, which the federal government blames for a nationwide public health epidemic of addiction and deaths paralleling a rise in the number of prescriptions written along with an increase in dosage amounts prescribed. Medical experts say Washington state’s guideline for chronic, noncancerous pain …

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Oct 07

MANY STATES CONTEMPLATE HOW TO COMPENSATE [Workforce Management]

With employers pushing for relief from the rising costs of workers’ compensation insurance in a stagnant economy, several states made significant changes to their compensation laws this year–and more changes could be on the way. Employers made substantial headway in Montana, Oklahoma and Kansas, which all have business friendly, Republican-controlled legislatures. The measures focused in …

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Oct 05

NYC looks to save $2 billion by shaving agency costs

“All agencies must submit plans to cut spending for the remainder of this fiscal year by an amount equal to 2 percent of your agency’s FY 2012 budget and 6 percent for FY 2013,” OMB director Mark Page said in a letter to department heads. OMB said the agency reductions, which must be turned in …

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Oct 05

The Dollars and Sense of Workers’ Compensation

No matter how safe an employer tries to make the worksite, accidents can still happen. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that a disabling injury occurs every 1.3 seconds in the U.S. (more than 63,000 every day), and the Social Security Administration predicts that 3 out of 10 workers entering the workforce today will acquire …

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Oct 04

Long Island’s Wages of Sin

When 51-year-old domestic worker Samireh, an undocumented immigrant from Indonesia, wandered into a Nassau County Dunkin Donuts wearing little more than a towel back in 2007, she brought needed attention to the plight of thousands of underpaid and exploited household employees, the people who labor behind the scenes to keep American enterprise afloat. As Samireh’s …

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Sep 28

Workers’ Comp Claim Frequency Increases for First Time in Five Years

Copyright: (c) 2011 A.M. Best Company, Inc. Source: A.M. Best Company, Inc. Wordcount: 606   For the first time in five years, the frequency of workers’ compensation claims increased due in part to a confluence of factors stemming from the ongoing economic recession, according to a report released by NCCI Holdings Inc.NCCI is the largest …

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Sep 27

Why Fathers Are Less Likely to Die of Heart Disease

Having children may drain a man’s testosterone, but a large family may also be an indicator of heart health, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. Michael Eisenberg at Stanford University School of Medicine report in the journal Human Reproduction that men who didn’t have children were 17% more likely to die over a …

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