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VIAW Newswire 03.29.13

Posted on 15 May 2013 by admin

Annals of Compensability: (Lack of) Education Pays

Imagine identical injuries to two workers: one is a junior college graduate, the other lacks a high school diploma;one can read and compute fairly well, the other reads at the 8th grade level and performs math at the 6th grade level. The injury involves failed back syndrome, with the injured worker experiencing fairly constant pain and the inability to perform sustained physical work.


Report: Fewer Voters Registering with Political Parties in California

SACRAMENTO – The percentage of California voters registered with a political party decreased from 78.9% to 77.1% since this time two years ago, according to a California Secretary of State report published today.

Riverside County Supervisors OK Release of $2.5 Million in Grants for D.A. Operations

The D.A.’s office was awarded three grants, the largest of which, $1.48 million, came from the Department of Insurance’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Program.

Vineyard worker sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud

A 24-year-old vineyard worker was sentenced March 7 in Napa County Superior Court to 45 days in jail for falsely claiming he had broken his hand during a fall at work, according to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office. He was also ordered to pay $1,279 in restitution.

Asking for workers’ comp isn’t ADA-protected

The ADA protects disabled em­­ployees from retaliation for claiming their right to accommodation and freedom from discrimination. But it’s sometimes tough to prove disability under the ADA, requiring a fairly serious medical condition.

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