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VIAW Newswire 06.10.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

A Drug-Free Workplace Helps Your Company And Your Workers Comp
Having a drug-free workplace is an important step in reducing workers comp costs. Employees using drugs or under the influence of alcohol are more likely to have accidents and make mistakes. They also have higher rates of absenteeism and are less productive. In addition, some states and insurers offer a workers comp premium reduction for employers that have a drug-free workplace program.

Bike-share vendor coming to S.F. is accused of unfair labor practices
The private vendor slated to oversee San Francisco’s fledgling bike-sharing network has been accused of unfair labor practices by its mechanics and truck drivers, who allege that the company collectively owes 16 employees more than $100,000 in back pay and benefits.

Workers stress safety in BART talks
Marilyn Fong, a petite 65-year-old, has long performed the yeoman’s task of monitoring BART’s underground depots as a station agent.
However, for the past year and a half, Fong has been on workers’ compensation — the result of a brutal attack she suffered at the hands of several teenagers. Fong was left with two cracked vertebrae, neural damage — including losing the ability to taste — and had at least a dozen teeth replaced.

Liability for Self-Procured Treatment Outside the Medical Provider Network
A California WCAB panel recently held that while liens may be disallowed for medical treatment procured outside the defendant’s Medical Provider Network, the applicant himself is not personally liable to the lien claimants pursuant to Labor Code § 4605 when he “did not intend” to self-procure medical treatment outside of the MPN. Given that the lien claimants are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the WCAB, it would appear that they would not have any avenue with which to recover so long as the applicant “did not intend” to self-procure.

Women on the Verge: Menopause Symptoms in the Workplace
When it comes to employee wellness and costs borne by employers, studies tend to focus on the “big three”: cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.
But no one—well, at least in our workers’ comp community—wants to talk much about menopause symptoms in the workplace. Why? Menopause symptoms are “underrecognized as a disruptive health condition” because we tend to view it as a normal part of the aging process (see Kleinman et al.).

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