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Articles by Roberto Ceniceros

Workers' Comp Cost Drivers Addressed By Lawmakers

January 6, 2012
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In states where there is limited friction between labor and management, participants are no longer waiting until they are in a panic because the workers' comp system is dysfunctional and needs immediate repairs.
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Wellness Programs Adapted for Workers' Comp

November 3, 2011
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One consultant adds that employers also should optimize employee use of established wellness offerings, such as weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs that otherwise may be underutilized.
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Poll Says Overweight Workers Miss Millions More Days of Work

October 19, 2011
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Their missed work results in about $153 billion in lost productivity annually, according to data collected this year by Washington-based Gallup.
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Court Rules in Favor of Workers’ Comp for Nurse Injured While Glancing at Cellphone While Driving

October 10, 2011
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A nurse who momentarily glanced down at her cellphone to see if her employer was calling is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered in an automobile accident, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled.
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State Reduces Opioid Prescriptions in Workers' Comp Cases

October 6, 2011
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The state guidelines are called for because workers with relatively minor workplace injuries are ending up addicted or dying from overdoses.
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Insurers Contend Medical Marijuana Should not get Workers’ Comp Funding

October 6, 2011
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Last week, legislation that would prohibit auto insurers from funding claims for medical marijuana was passed by Michigan’s Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to go before the full state Senate, an Insurance Institute of Michigan spokeswoman said.
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Drug Arrests at Boeing Plant May Reveal Bigger Workplace Worry

October 3, 2011
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Employers nationwide have learned that some workers' compensation claimants are becoming addicted to opioid painkillers prescribed for their work-related injuries; they are also discovering that employees using those prescription drugs may also drive workplace injuries.
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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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Drugs Increase Employer Pain

July 29, 2011
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As the over-prescription of narcotic pain relievers to injured workers grows to near epidemic proportions, applying medical guidelines would help eliminate unnecessary consumption and the problems it drives, the occupational medical experts say.
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Comp Cheats Confess All on Social Networking Sites

September 9, 2009
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Workers compensation claims investigators are increasingly scouring popular social networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn to help insurers and employers fend off bogus claims.
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