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VIAW Newswire 12.13.12

Posted on 18 December 2012 by admin

Potential Work Comp Problem: California Lawmaker Wants to Expand Roles of Health Care Workers

A California lawmaker says meeting the demand for care under the Affordable Care Act will require expanding the roles of people who work in the current health system.

Compensable Knee Injury Upheld for Soccer Playing Applicant

WCAB upheld WCJ’s finding that applicant suffered injury AOE/COE to his left knee based on totality of record, including applicant’s unrebutted testimony that he smashed his left knee and leg against steering column of his truck while en route to visit customer, and substantial medical evidence indicating that applicant needed knee surgery as result of that blow, and WCAB found that fact that applicant had played soccer in past, while…

San Francisco and LA Restaurant Workers Recover Over $672K After Department of Labor Investigation

Ongoing enforcement initiatives conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that focused on the restaurant industry in California have uncovered significant violations of the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under these initiatives, personnel from the division’s San Francisco and Los Angeles District Offices conducted several restaurant investigations in 2012.

“Right-to-work” in Michigan a Blow to Union Power

Michigan’s state legislature approved on Tuesday two new laws making it a so-called right-to-work state where it would be against the law for a union to require all employees to join and pay dues as a condition of employment.


Some Peace Corps Volunteers Face Injury Overseas, Indifference at Home

In June 2011, nine months into her assignment as a Peace Corps paramedic in the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan, Caitlyn Hogan was run over by a car while crossing a gravel road near her apartment.

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