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Jul 01

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Workers’ Comp Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a change to the state’s worker’s comp laws that will allow insurers to write coverage for owners and partners of small businesses. Agents in state have long backed the change, which would extend insurance coverage to members of an LLC and partners of a partnership. The change, which goes …

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Jul 01

Concussions in contact sports: What’s being done?

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. — Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard has been playing football his whole life and he knows firsthand how scary a concussion can be. Leonard said, “In a daze, you’re kind of lost, you don’t know what’s going on and sometimes you see stars. It’s kind of a scary thing.” In …

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Jul 01

Comp price hikes reflect unusual economic environment, expert says

First quarter 2011 data for workers’ comp shows a change. For the first time in nearly six years, pricing levels outside California showed an overall increase, according to a report by Towers Watson. The information is based on surveys of 39 participating insurance companies, representing approximately 20 percent of the commercial insurance market. It is …

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Jun 27

No Resolution for Mixed Martial Arts

In the friendly confines of a fight cage, few mixed martial arts bouts last even three minutes. Related Times Topic: Mixed Martial Arts In Albany, the clash will not end. With the legislative session having ended, a bill to legalize the sport in New York has, once again, been relegated to limbo status. Last month, …

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Jun 27

CONCUSSION MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

By James Hufnagel Niagara Falls is a competitive city filled with spirited people, so it’s no surprise that our youth take to rough-and-tumble contact sports with vigor and enthusiasm. Whether it’s Niagara University hockey, lacrosse at Niagara County Community College or Wolverine football, or one of the numerous sports programs participated in by hundreds of …

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Jun 27

Quinn to sign workers’ compensation reform Tuesday

June 26, 2011|By Monique Garcia, Tribune reporter Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday plans to sign into law an overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation system, a move that will slash medical rates, set new standards in determining a worker’s disability and put in place more safeguards to prevent abuse. The governor is scheduled to mark …

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Jun 23

Assembly Passes Bill Honoring Fallen Malverne Firefighter

The New York state Assembly and Senate approve amendment to criteria for adding volunteer firefighters to memorial in Albany. Nearly five years after Malverne volunteer firefighter Paul Brady perished in the line of duty, his name may finally appear on a memorial in Albany in The New York state Assembly approved an act (A05933) to …

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Jun 22

OSHA cites 3 Queens, NY, contractors for safety hazards following construction site fatality in Elmhurst, NY

US Labor Department’s OSHA cites 3 Queens, NY, contractors for safety hazards following construction site fatality in Elmhurst, NY NEW YORK (MMD Newswire) June 14, 2011 – – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sing Da Corp., H Rock Corp. and Vera Construction Inc. for alleged willful, repeat and …

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Jun 22

Bill would relieve harness industry workers of workers’ compensation premiums

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Harness industry workers such as catch drivers, blacksmiths and veterinarians would get relief from workers’ compensation premiums under recently introduced state legislation. Such independent contractors are currently considered “employees” by State Insurance Fund auditors and are wrongly assessed workers’ compensation premiums, the Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance said. The alliance is composed …

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Jun 22

To Stretch or Not to Stretch

Is it time, once again, to stretch? For decades, many of us stretched before a workout, usually by reaching toward our toes or leaning against a wall to elongate our hamstrings, then holding that pose without moving until it felt uncomfortable, a technique known as static stretching. Most people, including scientists and entire generations of …

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