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VIAW Newswire 01.04.13

Posted on 15 May 2013 by admin

California Department of Industrial Relations Jump Starts Workers’ Compensation Reform

The Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers Compensation (DIR/DWC) today announced new regulations implementing provisions of Senate Bill 863, California’s landmark workers’ compensation reform signed last year by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to save businesses millions of dollars in unnecessary costs while boosting worker protections.

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Epidemic of Painkiller Addiction Strikes Newborns

In a phenomenon that reminds some experts of the crack-baby epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, hospitals across the country are reporting a startling increase in the number of babies born addicted to opioid painkillers like Oxycontin (oxycodone).

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Role of Traffic Accidents in Workers’ Compensation – An Update

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of high-severity workers compensation injuries. Moreover, they are pervasive; indeed, a study by NCCI published in December, 2006 noted that even the clerical classification has surprisingly high exposure to traffic accidents.

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Unions Squabble Over Apprentice Programs

New York State has allowed three apprenticeship programs to operate provisionally for too long because the Department of Labor failed to follow its own rules, an association of labor locals claims in court.

Healthcare Unions Will Join Forces

The nation’s largest nurses union said Thursday it would team up with a union representing other health-care workers, seeking to make the combined entity the dominant labor group in the fast-growing health-care sector.

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