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Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 403

Jon 13035

Three proposals would revise the governor's overhaul of coverage for those hurt on the job.
Three ballot proposals that could cost employers billions of dollars by undoing large portions of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature overhaul of the state workers' compensation system have been cleared for signature gathering.
The measures propose to hike benefits paid to permanently disabled workers and even allow them to sue...

Workers' Compensation News - November 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 313

Jon 6942

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MEDICAL.....It has been widely reported that medical costs exceed the indemnity portion (temporary and permanent disability benefits) in many jurisdictions. This was again confirmed by the recent report issued by NASI (Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, 2003). The business of workers' compensation has now become a reimbursement vehicle for group health carriers. 

Workers' Compensation News - September 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 311

Jon 11731

FRAGRANCE AND FLAVOR INDUSTRY HIT WITH $15 MILLION VERDICT Jury Awards $15 Million in Making of Popcorn -This self regulated industry becomes prime target.
A jury on Friday awarded a former popcorn-plant worker $15 million after finding that his exposure to butter-flavoring fumes led to his severe respiratory problems.

Workers' Compensation News - August 24, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 310

Jon 12478

NJ: WC JUDGES HAVE DISCRETION TO RULE ON VALIDITY OF A TDB LIEN. In a complex decision involving causal relationship, apportionment of liability and reimbursement of a TDB lien that Appellate Division responded to a statement made by the trial Judge, "...I am no longer a Judge, I am a statutory collection agency for the Labor Department," by reversing his decision and remanding the matter for hearing.