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March 21, 2003 11:28 PM
Workers’ Compensation News - March 22, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 2

An action for retaliatory discharge is allowed when an employee has been discharged for filing a workers’ compensation claim: Nebraska Supreme Court has recognized a public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine to allow an action for retaliatory discharge when 
an employee has been terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim. http://court.nol.org/opinions/2003/march/mar7/s01-1355.htm

Outlook Brightens for Action on Asbestos: The chances for asbestos litigation reform in Congress appear brighter than ever this year because of expanding agreement in favor of a federal solution, growing bipartisanship on the issue in the Senate and a split in the plaintiffs’ bar.: 

Low Wages May Give Rise to an Overtime Law Suit: The Jackson, Mississippi-based School Litigation Group is helping some of the poorest of workers - janitors, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, clerical workers  get overtime pay of which they’ve been wrongly deprived for 
many years. 

Smallpox vaccination program grapples with compensation questions: In January, the Bush administration declared its intention to vaccinate 500,000 healthcare workers against smallpox in 30 days. After six weeks, fewer than 13,000 had been vaccinated, less than three percent 
of the program’s goal.

CA Workers' Compensation Insurer Plans to Stop Writing New Policies: 
California's biggest insurer of workers' compensation is warning that it must stop writing new policies soon, the Los Angeles Times reports. Employers are expected to have to pay more for the mandatory insurance coverage as a result. 

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