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December 2010 Archives

Employers and Labor Unions Team Up To Fight Medical Fraud

Compounded drugs are a class of medications which are modified to fit each patient's needs. While they have proven slightly more effective than mainstream medications, they are also significantly more expensive. In the last year California has seen a dramatic increase in the number of employees who charge compounded drugs to the state workers' compensation insurance fund.

Stuntman Suffers Serious Work Injuries in 'Spider-Man' Broadway Show

As discussed in previous posts, the importance of maintaining a safe work environment cannot be overstated. By providing employees with a safe work environment, you can avoid serious and potentially debilitating work injuries, as well as avoid the incurrence of associated expenses (legal fees, large fines, increased workers' compensation costs, etc.).

Lack of Progress in State Fund Investigation Causing Concern

In recent workers' compensation defense news, the absence of any discernible movement by state officials investigating allegations of malfeasance at the State Compensation Insurance Fund has drawn the attention and criticism of both lawmakers and industry insiders.

Cancer Stricken Cop Fighting Manhattan Beach for Work Comp Payments

In recent workers' compensation defense news, the city of Manhattan Beach, California, is currently involved in a controversial dispute with a city police officer over work comp payments. The issue? Whether the police officer - who is in the midst of a four-year fight with cancer - was struck with the potentially fatal disease while on the job.

Insurance Analysts: Annual Decline in Work Comp Claims Has Stopped

For the past several decades, employers have benefitted considerably from a steady annual decline in the frequency of workers' compensation claims. How? A decline in the frequency of claims meant fewer injuries, which translated into a safer, more productive workforce, as well as lower overall workers' compensation costs.

OSHA Fines Celebrated NYC Performing Arts Theater $51,000

As an employer, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to ensure that the work environment for all employees is free from potential health and safety hazards. Why? A proactive approach toward employee safety can prevent potentially debilitating work injuries, maintain production, avoid the regular incurrence of legal fees and prevent large fines.

A Closer Look at Cal/OSHA's Revised Heat Safety Standards

Today's workers' compensation defense post will discuss the revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard approved by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) in August and implemented just last month.

Lawsuit: NFL Wrongly Withheld Disability Benefits From Ex-Player - II

Today's workers' compensation defense post will continue to take a closer look at the lawsuit filed by former National Football League (NFL) running back Eric Shelton seeking benefits withheld from the league's disability plan.

Lawsuit: NFL Wrongly Withheld Disability Benefits From Ex-Player

Today's workers' compensation defense post will take a closer look at a very interesting lawsuit filed by a former National Football League (NFL) player earlier this week seeking benefits withheld from the league's disability plan.

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