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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules

February 2, 2012
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The pro football league is named as a defendant in 21 suits that allege the league negligently misled at least several hundred players about the dangers of concussions and other head injuries.
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Employer Must Pay Workers' Compensation for Concurrent Job: Court

January 20, 2012
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William Thomas worked as a light equipment operator for the Warren County Department of Public Works when he was injured in 2009. Court records show that Thomas also was employed by a janitorial service at that time.
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Report: California Program has Little Effect on Worker Injuries, Fatalities

January 19, 2012
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While safety standards listed under the state Injury and Illness Prevention Program typically improve safety, the commission said it's unclear whether state mandates cause employers to be safer than companies that voluntarily implement such practices.
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California Prevention Program Has Little Effect on Worker Injuries, Fatalities: Report

January 17, 2012
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The California Commission for Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation released a draft of the study on Jan. 12. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program, implemented in 1991, requires California employers to create a written safety plan that addresses safe work practices, employee safety training and procedures for correcting hazards, among other provisions.Two-thirds of IIPP violations in California involve employers who did not have or implement a written safety plan, the commission said.
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Worker Can't Sue Employer if Collecting Workers' Comp, Virginia Court Rules

January 17, 2012
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A worker cannot sue an employer in addition to collecting workers' compensation benefits, even when the employer fails to purchase mandatory workers comp insurance, Virginia's Supreme Court ruled Jan. 13.
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Worker's Marijuana Use Cause of Explosion; Comp Benefits Denied

January 12, 2012
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Three of the court's nine judges dissented to a portion of the opinion. Judge Raymond Abramson noted that Greg Prock had used a torch in the past to open barrels, and said the accident may not have been directly caused by Prock's past drug use.
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Top 5 Workplace Injury Causes Make Up 72 Percent of Direct Workers' Comp Costs: Analysis

January 10, 2012
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Overexertion—or injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying—costs businesses $12.5 billon in direct annual expenses and accounts for more than 25 percent of the national burden, according to Liberty Mutual's Workplace Safety Index.
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Recreational Boatmakers Excluded From Workers' Comp Act

January 4, 2012
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Under new federal regulations, laborers who build, repair or dismantle any recreational water vessel will no longer be covered by the Longshore Act, so long as they are covered under a state's workers comp law.
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Small Businesses Face Closure in Workers' Comp Scandal

December 9, 2011
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An attempt to lower premiums for workers' compensation insurance went horribly wrong. Next week a state agency will attempt to start collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from the businesses who took part.
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