Black Mold Aggravates Applicant’s Pre-Existing Asthma: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/13/2014)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the February 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City of Oakland, PSI, administered...

Hawaii: Aggravation of Asthma by “Vog”—Volcanic Smog—Found Compensable

Vacating a decision by the state’s Intermediate Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Hawaii recently held that an employee’s claim for the aggravation of his asthma resulting from alleged work-related exposure to volcanic smog—a combination of weather, wind conditions and volcanic...

Kansas: To Bar Recovery, Drug Impairment Must Be Contemporaneous With Onset of Injury or Condition

A Kansas appellate court held that the state’s statutory provision barring workers’ compensation benefits to “impaired” workers, K.S.A. 2010 Supp. 44-501(d)(2), requires the employer to prove the worker was impaired at the time of the injury and also that the impairment contributed...

New Arthritis Study Shows O*Net Could Help Predict Chronic Disease

A recent study points to a positive and consistent relationship between O*NET ratings of physical job demands and the risk of contracting arthritis later in life. Importantly, the study also demonstrates the utility of using such O*NET job descriptors to estimate the long-term risks of contracting other...