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Poor Health of Employees Can Drag Down Productivity: Study

September 12, 2012
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Workers' poor health and its drag on productivity costs U.S. employers $576 billion annually. The costs include those spent on group health policies for employees, short- and long-term disability, workers' compensation, illness absence, and presenteeism.
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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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Injured Worker Entitled to Benefits for Related Mental Illness: Court

August 28, 2012
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A trial court ruled that along with benefits for his physical injuries, Stephen Vowell was entitled to medical benefits for treatment of related severe depression.
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YouTube Workplace Safety Video on Response to 'Active Shooter' Goes Viral

August 3, 2012
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The city of Houston's Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security produced the informational video, titled 'Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event' and released it after the Colorado movie theater incident.
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Workers' Comp Prices Increasing as Market Hardens

August 2, 2012
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Employers are exiting workers' comp guaranteed-cost policies that have fixed costs and taking on greater risk by purchasing loss-sensitive plans with lower premiums but higher deductibles, market experts say.
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Workers' Compensation Rates for Employers Likely to Increase

July 5, 2012
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In general, the 'cream of the crop' among guarantee-cost accounts are experiencing price increases ranging from about 5 percent to 7 percent, with some 10 percent increases, particularly in the Midwest.
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Study: Obesity Affects Duration of Workers' Compensation Benefits

June 20, 2012
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The study's findings on the effect of obesity on indemnity duration are close to those reported in a 2007 Duke University Medical School study that found that obese workers file more claims, have higher medical costs, and miss more days due to job-related injuries than do their nonobese counterparts.
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Q&A With Jay Krueger: Evaluating Medical Marijuana Policies

June 7, 2012
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Jay Krueger is chief strategy and client services officer at PMSI Inc., providing overall strategic direction for the Tampa, Florida-based provider of pharmacy benefit management services, medical equipment, home health care and case settlement services. In a recent interview with Workforce Management sister publication Business Insurance senior editor Roberto Ceniceros, Krueger said the evaluation of medical marijuana as a way to alleviate pain warrants that employers consider their policies on the issue.
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Average California Workers' Comp Indemnity Hits $66,922 in 2011

May 4, 2012
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Among other data, the California Workers' Compensation Institute estimates that workers' comp insurers expect to pay out $8.4 billion in claims for accident year 2011, which is an eight-year high.
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