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VIAW Newswire 02.21.14

Posted on 22 February 2014 by admin

Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned. State officials ordered a partial shutdown of the Golden Eagle Refinery following the Feb. 12 incident after inspectors with California’s workplace safety agency found numerous suspected safety violations, state officials said.

http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Tesoro-bars-federal-safety-agency-from-East-Bay-5254436.php

DWC Posts Adjustments to Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes made to the Medi-Cal Rates database effective for services on or after February 15, 2014.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2014/2014-13.pdf

Man in vegetative state not due workers comp for vision, hearing loss

A man in a persistent vegetative state cannot receive workers compensation benefits for vision and hearing loss, partly because his condition doesn’t allow him to be accurately tested for such injuries, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a split decision.

http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20140220/NEWS08/140229982

Union Pickets Santa Monica Hotel over Alleged Labor Abuses

Workers from the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Santa Monica picketed Tuesday, claiming that management denied them legally-mandated breaks. The workers, who belong to the regional hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE Local 11, were joined by a handful of community members, including several City Council members and two Planning Commissioners.

http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2014/February-2014/02_19_2014_Union_Pickets_Santa_Monica_Hotel_over_Alleged_Labor_Abuses.html

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