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Workers’ Compensation News - August 10, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 20

Latex: NE Sp Ct finds petitioner totally & permanently disabled Morris v. Nebraska Health System, S-01-1194, 266 Neb. 285

Workers’ Compensation News - July 21, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 19

CALIFORNIA--Calif. workers compensation fund runs low on cash. 

Workers’ Compensation News - July 21, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 19

Calif. workers compensation fund runs low on cash.

Recession Affects Workers' Compensation Trends - Benefits Grew Faster Than Wages for the First Time Since 1992

Benefits paid to workers and employers' costs for workers' compensation rose slightly faster than wages in 2001, according to a new report released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance. This is the first year since 1992 that benefits grew faster than wages and the first year since 1993 that employer costs rose faster than wages. Workers' compensation pays for medical care and cash benefits for workers who are injured on the job or become ill due to job-related causes. In providing health care and cash benefits to disabled workers and their families, workers' compensation is second in size only to Social Security disability insurance and Medicare.  

Workers’ Compensation News - July 14, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 18

ABA Convention - Important WC/Medicare Panel--A Continuation of the Medicare Forum and Its Impact on the Workers' Compensation System--Monday, August 11, 2003, 7:30-9:30 a.m.--A special seminar with industry & labor experts from around the country discuss how to deal with CMO claims and still move cases!


ILO: Work hazards kill millions, cost billions

 In a new report, the ILO says the annual cost to the global economy is a staggering 1.25 thousand billion (trillion). This report outlines the occupational safety and health crisis and explains how it can be dealt with. 

Stop The Hatch UNFAIR Asbestos Act - Call Your US Senators Today

Action is needed immediately to stop this legislation. This legislation may go to a US Senate floor vote any day after September 1st, 2003. You are urged to call your US Senators today!  

New Jersey Labor Department to provide UI benefits to any laid-off part-time worker

On July 1, 2003, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey signed into law P.L.2003, c.107. The law, which may be found on the internet as Assembly Bill 3702 with Senate floor amendments does the following with respect to unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report 2002, the latest edition of a widely used compendium of information on the occurrences of and trends in occupational respiratory diseases and exposures, is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention=s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 

Workers' Compensation News - July 7, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 17

ASBESTOS - US Senate Judiciary Committee epected to hold final vote Thu July 10, 2003 With a limited Federal Asbestos Trust Funds available, a question now arises whather this will add economic insult to insurance companies and State fund. 

Bush Administration Rejects Reporting of Ergonomic Injuries to OSHA

OSHA has decided not to modify the form which employers use to record workplace injuries and illnesses to include a separate column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), the Agency announced today. OSHA's decision appears in today's Federal Register.

Congress Takes Up Legislation to Overhaul the Asbestos Compensation System

After weeks of difficult negotiations, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approached an agreement concerning asbestos liability compensation just before the Senate adjourned for a week-long break on June 27. If Democrats and Republicans on the committee can reach agreement on outstanding questions when the Senate resumes working after the Fourth of July, there is a good chance that a controversial asbestos compensation bill will be approved before the end of July.

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