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Wellness Programs Can Reduce Worker Medical Costs by 18 Percent: Study

January 9, 2013
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The report said wellness programs could reduce costs for risks such as physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. If the risk factors were lowered to “theoretical minimums,” health care expenses could be lowered by an average of $650, or 18.4 percent, for all working adults, the study said.
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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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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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California Hospital to Pay $975,000 to Settle Racial Harassment, Discrimination Case

September 17, 2012
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The EEOC said the hospital's English-only language policy was used to harass and discriminate against Filipino employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Treatment Guidelines Help Reduce Amount of Services Used for Low Back Injuries: WRCI

September 6, 2012
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In a report released September 5, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI studied Texas medical treatment guidelines that were implemented by the state in 2007. The study looked at how the guidelines affected workers with injuries of the upper back, lower back, neck, knee and shoulders.
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Retired NFL Player Cannot File for Workers' Comp Benefits in California

August 7, 2012
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The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rules California workers' comp law doesn't apply to retired NFL player because he did not clearly show that he was injured in the state.
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NFL Creates Wellness Program for Current, Former Players

July 30, 2012
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The league is being sued by thousands of former professional football players who say the league misled them about the dangers of concussions.
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Cop Who Shot, Killed Suspect Ineligible for Workers' Comp

July 13, 2012
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Brandon Bentley was treated for anxiety and depression after the shooting, and a psychiatrist and psychologist deemed him unable to work. He filed for workers' comp benefits in March 2010.
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Officer Hit By Car While Walking to Get Coffee Due Workers' Comp

June 29, 2012
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An Oregon appellate court said that Carolyn McDermed was still at work during her coffee run, since she was expected to perform community policing duties while not in her office.
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