Five Things You Need to Know: 7/2, Monday Edition


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1) Missed out on Friday’s Hot Seat? No Problem

Friday marked another Hot Seat webinar for the books, entitled “Rise of the Millennials: Passing of the Baton.” Moderators included President and CEO Bob Wilson and Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims David Langham. Panelists included Senior Editor of Premium Media (and Millennial) Dara Barney and Insurance Services Office, Inc. Director and Division Head Alfred Faber. Lively discussion topics included a need to “walk the walk” in the industry, vs. just “talking the talk,” and the different challenges each generation has encountered/will encounter in both the workplace, and work comp atmosphere. A replay of the session is available here.

2) FL: Adva-Net Adds Two Doctors to Work Comp Clinical Council

“…Adva-Net (based in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota), has appointed two prominent physicians to its Workers’ Compensation Clinical Council, the first of its kind in the pain management industry. Joining the council are Dr. Randall D. Lea and Steven Wayne Powell,” according to the Herald-Tribune. Lea is Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s VP of medical affairs, CMO and an orthopedist. Powell is MedOptions’ CMO, and an internist/psychiatrist. “…Using data accumulated by Adva-Net over the last six years, the Workers’ Compensation Clinical Council enhances Adva-Net’s proprietary processes for pain management and high-acuity cases,” per the article.

3) Workplace Issues Overseas: German Metal Co. Employee Caught Poisoning Coworker’s Lunch

An unnamed worker at Germany’s ARI Armaturen company has been caught on camera attempting to poison another employee’s lunch, writes Amanda Woods of the New York Post. “…police are investigating whether he’s responsible for 21 deaths over the past 18 years at the metal fittings company, according to a report,” writes Woods. “…The powder was identified as lead acetate — a highly toxic, almost tasteless substance — prompting authorities to investigate the incident as an attempted murder.” This unnamed person, with almost 40 years at the company, didn’t want to comment on the incidents.

4) TX Lawsuit: Six NFL Cheerleaders Allegedly Hazed by Squad Manager

Former Texans cheerleader Angelina Rosa has joined five others in a lawsuit against the NFL team, alleging mistreatment, writes John Suayan of the Southeast Texas Record. Gloria M. Allred represents the plaintiffs, a known women’s rights lawyer. “…In a revised version of the original petition, Rosa claims that squad manager Alto Gary and her staff assaulted her ‘by taking duct tape and physically taping down her sides under her uniform without her consent,’” per the article. Allegedly, Gary threatened others with the tape as well. “…According to the team, the women ‘signed valid employment agreements with (it) that contain mandatory arbitration provisions’ and ‘(they) themselves acknowledge the validity of these agreements in their original complaint,’” writes Suayan. 

5) MD: New Employer Sexual Harassment Reporting Requirement Addressed

Maryland will see a new law in play, “…requiring (private and public) employers to submit information to the state regarding settlements of sexual harassment claims,” writes Tomas Kassahun of the Cook County Record. Guidance on how to report will be released soon, and Jay Fries, an attorney at Ford & Harrison LLP, provided some feedback on details and pros/cons of the new legislation. “…The law also directs the commission to post on its website all of the data received from employers,” writes Kassahun. “Fries raised concerns about the fact that some of the information would be publicly available.”

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