Workers’ Compensation News - August 21, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 23

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ISSUES ON APPEAL
A-l04-02 Lozano v. Frank DeLuca Construction (54157)
Is this employee entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act for injuries sustained while driving a go-can owned by a customer of his employer where the employee was a laborer whose duties did not include driving a vehicle, but the employer had personally urged the cmployce to take a tons driving the go-cart?
(certification granted 7/3/03)

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9-11 Claims Deadlines draw near for filing Ground Zero-related compensation claims
If you sustained an injury or illness as a result of working or volunteering in the vicinity of Ground Zero in 2001, you may qualify for medical care and/or compensation.
http://www.nycosh.org/911WorkersCompGZ2.pdf

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NJ-DWC LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC FILING PILOT PROGRAM
The NJ Division of Workers' Compensation is launching a State wide pilot program for the electronic filing of claim petitions and initial standard discovery. The system allows those registered under the COURTS system to file claim peitions and answers on line using a web based interface and Adobe Acrobat reader. Claim Petition numbers are instantaneously assigned upon submission of the data. Epansion of the program is expected this fall.
http://www.nj.gov/labor/wc/courts_efile.htm

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INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE (IHC) SINGLE PAYOR APPROACH
The New Engl J Med published the results of a study frunded by teh Robert Wood Johnson Fundation. It reported 
The gap between U.S. and Canadian spending on health care administration has grown to $752 per capita. A large sum might be saved in the United States if administrative costs could be trimmed by implementing a Canadian-style health care system. 
http://content.nejm.org/

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LABOR URGES US JOBS REMAIN IN THE USA
More than 75,000 workers at telecommunications giant Verizon are fighting for a contract to protect their jobs. The company has moved U.S. jobs overseas recently--bragging this spring to The Wall Street Journal about work it outsourced to India and last week trying to deny the boast to The Boston Globe. 
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/verizonjobs/bgkwxa05bjt 

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WILG-NJ LAUNCHES WEB SITE
The NJ affiliate of the national Workplace Injury Litigation Group has now launched a web site
http://wilg-nj.org