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Ailing Economy Hurts Return-to-Work Efforts for Injured Employees: Analysis

December 1, 2011
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The Workers Compensation Research Institute studied workers' compensation procedures and outcomes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which were deemed to have faster and higher return-to-work rates than other states.
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Mercer: Group Health Care Costs Climb 6.1 Percent as Cost per Employee Tops $10K

November 17, 2011
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Amid steadily rising costs, employers, especially larger organizations, continue to take action to try to hold down cost increases to more manageable levels, according to the Mercer survey.
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Court Rules Video Can Be Used as Evidence to Discontinue Disability Benefits

November 9, 2011
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In a unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court said Brian Soja was required to prove that he had a continuing disability when he filed for a reinstatement of his benefits in 2006. It also said a video from employer Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates Inc. disproved Soja's testimony about an ongoing back injury.
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Employers Challenge Lump-Sum Payments in Certain Comp Disability Situations

October 21, 2011
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The case the New York court heard includes four workers who were injured before a March 2007 deadline that allowed them to receive unlimited benefit weeks.
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Bill Requiring Coverage for Autism Treatment Becomes Law in California

October 12, 2011
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If the autism coverage mandate laid down by the California measure is not included in what federal regulators decide is essential benefits, the mandate automatically will expire.
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'Psychic' Injury Victim in Robbery not Due Workers' Comp

September 22, 2011
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The April 2008 robbery at the Morrisville, Pennsylvania, business occurred while the claimant worked the night shift. Neither he nor a co-worker was physically injured, the court opinion states.
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Court Rules for Ford in Retiree's Workers' Comp Dispute

August 15, 2011
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A settlement agreement did not mention Ford potentially discontinuing benefits or the statutory retirement presumption and, in September 2010, Ford petitioned to discontinue paying the PTD benefits pursuant to the retirement presumption.
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