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Court Rules Employer Does Not Need to Pay for Employee's Gastric Bypass

October 19, 2012
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On the doctors' advice to lose weight, Melinda McKenzie underwent unauthorized gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and eventually lost 241 pounds, records show. However, MCI denied authorization and payment for McKenzie's procedure.
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Ethnic Disparities Found in Compensation for Injured Construction Workers

October 16, 2012
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The study of 1,039 cases does not explain the reason for the disparity, although the researchers said bias or prejudice are a possibility, as are differences in knowledge about how the compensation system works.
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Dentist's Orders

October 5, 2012
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My dentist argues people need a day off midweek to stay healthy and fresh. She may be right.
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Same-Sex Partner Seeks Workers' Comp Survivor Benefits

September 26, 2012
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In October 2011, Fadely was shot and killed by a former hotel employee who had been fired by Fadely nine days earlier, court records show.
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Firing an Employee? Tell Them! (Don't 'Milton' the Termination)

September 24, 2012
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If you are going to fire an employee, don't you owe it to him as a human being to at least tell him?
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California Workers' Compensation Reforms Will Cut Costs by $300M Annually: Fitch

September 21, 2012
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S.B. 863 was signed into law Sept. 18 and takes effect Jan. 1. It is expected to boost permanent disability benefits for injured workers while implementing several measures to help reduce comp costs for insurers and employers.
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Obesity-Related Conditions Could Add $66 Billion Annually to Medical Costs by 2030: Study

September 20, 2012
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The state-by-state analysis of obesity-linked disease rates and associated medical spending projects that obese individuals could account for 44 percent of all American adults by 2030 if obesity rates nationwide continue to grow at their current pace.
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California Workers' Comp Reform Measure Signed Into Law

September 18, 2012
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California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed workers' compensation reform legislation into law Sept. 18, saying the law will reverse a four-year trend of rate increases.
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Worker Who Tested Positive for Cocaine Use in Injury Probe Entitled to Back pay, Fees: Court

September 12, 2012
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The decision in Amanda Skipton v. S & J Tube Inc. upholds a 2011 district court finding that S&J failed to follow Iowa law permitting an employer to conduct a drug test when investigating workplace accidents that lead to injuries.
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Seriously Injured Stripper Not Entitled to Workers' Comp Benefits: Court

September 6, 2012
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The split 2-1 ruling in LeAndra Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty Inc. upholds a workers compensation commission finding that she was a contractor and not an employee when she was shot in 2008 while dancing at the Boom Boom Room in Columbia, South Carolina.
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