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Five Things You Need to Know: 4/27, Thursday Edition

1) Custodian Busted in CT for Workers' Comp Fraud   Courtney Wills, a custodian for New Canaan High School, was charged with workers' comp fraud after installing carpets, writes Erin Kayata of the New Canaan News. He was ...

Report: ‘Dying for Work in Florida’ to be released Friday

Miami, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - A moment of silence and prayer will take place a few blocks from where fallen construction worker 43-year-old Oscar Cabrera lost his life in February for Workers’ Memorial Day on ...

FL Media Call: Rearranging Titanic Chairs, or Amending a Workers’ Comp Bill Package for the Better?

Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Rich Templin, legislative and political director for AFL-CIO, said the initial house package for SB 1582 was akin to rearranging the ...

April 28: Let’s Take the Time to Acknowledge the Fallen Worker

“Remember the dead — Fight for the living” is more than just a slogan and symbol paired with a blue ribbon to be noticed on Workers Memorial Day April 28 (Friday). It is a powerful force presently ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 4/26, Wednesday Edition

1) WY Fallen Firefighter's Family Will be First to Receive Benefits Due to 2017 Law  Firefighter Captain Matt Trott, 46, of Casper, WY died this weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer, writes Elise ...

Hopelessness and the American Middle Class

In November 2016, I wrote Life Expectancy Changes. For decades, Americans have experienced increasing life expectancies. But, 2016 brought the shocking news of American life expectancy decreasing. Life Expectancy Changes notes ...

(Im)Perfect Storm

Technology fascinates me. I have recently focused on artificial intelligence in Artificial Intelligence in our World, and Another AI Invasion, Meritocracy? I have contemplated chatbots, and research, self driving cars, and more. Recently, ...

Rousmaniere: The Future of Two Cities

The City of Work Injuries is shrinking in population while the City of Non-Occ Absences expands. During the Trump Administration, these trends are sure to persist. At some time they will change the workers’ comp industry as we know ...

What do changing demographics mean for workplace health and safety?

If you knew your workforce was going to experience changing risks, increased exposure, longer recoveries from injury and greater effects associated with co-morbidities, you would act!  The fact is, our workforce is ...

Rousmaniere: Getting Off Opioids

The workers’ comp industry became something of an opioid delivery vehicle for opioids starting in the mid 1990s. Aside from anecdotes and personal narratives of individual clinicians, little was known for years about the effect of opioid ...

OSHA Recognizes Workers' Memorial Day

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will recognize Workers' Memorial Day on April 28 by holding various events throughout the country. American workers are the ...

CT School Custodian Charged with Workers' Compensation Fraud, Perjury

Rocky Hill, CT (WorkersCompensation.com) - A New Canaan school custodian who was supposedly rendered unable to work by an on-the-job injury was arrested today and charged with illegally ...

NY Roofing Contractor Pleads Guilty To Workers' Comp And Welfare Fraud

Albany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the guilty plea of a Montgomery County roofing contractor on felony Workers’ ...

Employer WC Lobbyists Head to DC

Sacramento, CA - A business coalition has hired Littler Mendelson to lobby on workers’ compensation programs, in what appears to be the controversial state-level advocacy group’s first foray into national ...

Worker Memorial Day a Somber Reminder of the Importance of Workplace Safety

Tumwater, WA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Fallen workers from all walks of life will be remembered during an April 27 ceremony at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries' ...

For What Price Walking?

What is the value of walking? More specifically, what is the value of walking for a paraplegic? That may have been the question on the mind of some attendees of the IAIABC Spring Forum in Kansas City, MO this week. The organization’s Medical Issues ...

Would the Person Who Stole My Identity Kindly Return It?

On the surface this discussion may not seem to be about workers’ compensation. But I assure you, it is. While the topic is identity theft; specifically, the recent theft of my identity, it is an opportunity to look at how ...

So, Marcus Lemonis, What if the Process Sucks?

There is a business reality show on cable network CNBC called “The Profit”. It follows Camping World CEO and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, as he invests in small struggling businesses, leverages their strengths and assets, and ...

I Guess Walmart Was Ripped Off Twice

It’s not every day a company has an Assistant Manager shot during a robbery. It is probably even more rare when that Assistant Manager is indicted 5 years later for helping plan and participate in the robbery in which he was shot. But that ...

At United, It Wasn’t the Beating. It was the Self-Inflicted Wounds.

Is your company prepared to respond to a public relations disaster in the information age? Or would it likely make a bad situation worse through a ham handed and tone deaf response? Unfortunately for United Airlines, ...

Walking the Talk

Have you ever found it's easier to tell somebody else what to do than to do it yourself? I've had a pinched nerve in my neck since the week of March 13 - approximately five weeks. Its onset was sudden although I'm not really sure of its cause. Early on, it was so painful ...

Pharmacy Formulary Debate Pits Two Bills Against Each Other – ODG vs. Louisiana-Specific

Two closed pharmacy formulary proposals have been filed so far in this year’s Regular Session, which began April 10th and concludes June 8th. One measure, HB 592 by Representatives Talbot, ...

Appellate Division Holds That New York Worker Who Accepted a Job Offer While in New Jersey Was Hired in New Jersey Conferring Jurisdiction in NJ

When an employee returns to work following a work injury, in many states that ends the workers’ compensation case, but not in New ...

Bloodborne Pathogens – When is a Program Required?

A Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) program is a given for healthcare organizations, but what about other industries? Requirements may apply to more than just bloodborne pathogens.  OSHA identifies a host of “other potentially ...

What Iowa’s New Workers’ Compensation Changes Mean

Iowa’s workers’ compensation system will see some significant changes on July 1, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad in March. Following are the changes employers are most likely to ...

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Five Things You Need to Know: 4/27, Thursday Edition

1) Custodian Busted in CT for Workers' Comp Fraud   Courtney Wills, a custodian for New Canaan High School, was charged with workers' comp fraud after installing carpets, writes Erin Kayata of the New Canaan News. ...

Report: ‘Dying for Work in Florida’ to be released Friday

Miami, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - A moment of silence and prayer will take place a few blocks from where fallen construction worker 43-year-old Oscar Cabrera lost his life in February for Workers’ Memorial ...

NY Roofing Contractor Pleads Guilty To Workers' Comp And Welfare Fraud

Albany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) - New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the guilty plea of a Montgomery County roofing contractor on felony Workers’ ...

Bloodborne Pathogens – When is a Program Required?

A Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) program is a given for healthcare organizations, but what about other industries? Requirements may apply to more than just bloodborne pathogens.  OSHA identifies a host of “other ...

What I Learned at ASAM

I launched a "tweet storm" this time last week. It wasn't #Sad. It was #Helpful. I was honored to be a member of the faculty at April 6th's American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) "Pain and Addiction" course prior to the start of their 48th annual ...

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John D’Alusio has over 30 years experience in P/C insurance with executive management positions in administration, field operations, and claim technical areas. Mr. D’Alusio has had many articles published in industry periodicals, and is also a ...

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Peter Rousmaniere is widely known throughout the workers’ compensation industry, both for his writing and consulting experience. Based in the picture perfect New England town of Woodstock, VT, he is a regular on the conference circuit, and is deeply ...

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