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Workers' Comp Reform: It's Hard Out Here for Employers

Legislative and regulatory reforms in big states like California and Florida have dramatically decreased losses for insurers and cut premiums for employers, while loss control, safety initiatives, and return to work measures have cut down the frequency of claims. But experts keep warning us about soaring...

ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law; Workers' Compensation Committee, Midwinter Seminar and Conference

Lex K. Larson, the author of Larson's Workers' Compensation Law (Matthew Bender), was a member of this morning's "Joint WC/OSHA Panel: How Work Injuries and Fatalities Involving OSHA Citations Have the Potential to Turn into Civil Liability Tort Claims Against Employers Under Various...

New Study Supports Early Return to Work for Injured Workers With Nonspecific Low Back Pain

The American Family Physician , a peer review journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, recently published an article entitled "Nonspecific Low Back Pain and Return to Work" authored by Drs. Nguyen and Randolph on November 15, 2007. This peer reviewed article is designed for family...

Featured Blogger - Rebecca Shafer: 7 Reasons An Employee May Not Return to Work

Hello, as the "featured blogger" this week, I'll be writing on topics that relate to workers' compensation cost containment. Some will be basic, some advanced. Please let me know if there's anything in particular you would like me to focus on and I'll do my best to accommodate...

Featured Blogger - Rebecca Shafer: 14 Things to Consider When Employees Are Injured Traveling Overseas

Hello, as the "featured blogger" this week, I'll be writing on topics that relate to workers' compensation cost containment. Some will be basic, some advanced. Please let me know if there's anything in particular you would like me to focus on and I'll do my best to accommodate...

Featured Blogger - Rebecca Shafer: Working With Unions When Setting Up Return to Work Programs

Hello, as the "featured blogger" this week, I'll be writing on topics that relate to workers' compensation cost containment. Some will be basic, some advanced. Please let me know if there's anything in particular you would like me to focus on and I'll do my best to accommodate...

Featured Blogger - Rebecca Shafer: How to Use a Medical Doctor Proactively to Get Employees Back to Work Sooner

Hello, as the "featured blogger" this week, I'll be writing on topics that relate to workers' compensation cost containment. Some will be basic, some advanced. Please let me know if there's anything in particular you would like me to focus on and I'll do my best to accommodate...

Featured Blogger – Rebecca Shafer: How to Handle "Phantom Accidents"

Hello, as the "featured blogger" this week, I'll be writing on topics that relate to workers' compensation cost containment. Some will be basic, some advanced. Please let me know if there's anything in particular you would like me to focus on and I'll do my best to accommodate...

Featured Blogger – Margaret Spence on Return to Work Programs: An Investment in Injured Workers or a Drain on Corporate Resources?

Imagine if everyone shared your vision of getting ill or injured employees back to work? In today’s tough economy, it may be difficult to sell your company on the benefits of continuing to offer injured employees viable light duty jobs especially if you are considering a layoff. To listen for...

Featured Blogger - Margaret Spence on The National Return to Work Week Challenge: Changing Your Perception of Light Duty

Light duty immediately invokes negative feelings for most employers. I have heard countless stories from employers recanting the horrible experiences they have had as they attempted to bring injured employees back to work. I have witnessed the frustration and the surrender that occurs when injured employees...

Featured Blogger – Margaret Spence on What Is the Annual Cost of Not Implementing a Return-to-Work Program?

Recently, I met with a client who wanted to reduce the number of injuries at their job site. Instead of focusing on the number of injuries, I asked him to bring the company’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 300 log to the meeting so we could calculate their Return to Work Ratios—the...

Featured Blogger – Margaret Spence on Physician, Your Return to Work Decision Is Not Clear – Are We on the Same Team?

Dear Dr. X – I really don’t understand the note I received from your office, can the employee come back to work or not? What do you mean he has a five pound lifting restriction – he doesn’t lift anything all day! To listen for free to Margaret Spence's podcast on National...

Featured Blogger – Margaret Spence on What Are the Essential Components of a Successful Return-to-Work Program?

A return-to-work program is designed to facilitate the return of injured employees to work as soon as he or she is able to perform meaningful, productive work within the restrictions imposed by the treating physician. Guess what most employers don’t know where to start – here is our blueprint...

National Return to Work Week - Resource Center

National Return to Work Week - Official Website: See http://www.nationalreturntoworkweek.org/ . Return to Work Blogs by Margaret Spence - Featured Blogger on the LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Center: Return to Work Programs: An Investment in Injured Workers or a Drain on Corporate...

National Drug-Free Work Week 2009 Resource Center

Welcome to our 2009 National Drug-Free Work Week resource center. We'll be featuring blogs and other resource materials throughout the month of October. This site will be periodically updated so please check back often. BLOGS ON THE FREE WEB What Risk Managers Need to Know About Drug and...

Sana Swe and Rishi Sharma on Ross v. RagingWire Telecommunications (off-duty marijuana use & job performance)

In Ross v. RagingWire Telecommunications, Inc. , a five-justice majority of the California Supreme Court rejected a plaintiffs assertions that his discharge, based on off-duty, off-premises marijuana use that allegedly did not impact his job duties or performance, (i) was protected by the Compassionate...

Bruce S. Harrison on Discipline or Discharge for Drug or Alcohol-Related Conduct

Most corporations have long been aware of the economic costs of employee alcoholism. No company, large or small, is immune from this problem. A large number of corporations have developed programs to identify, rehabilitate and, if necessary, discipline and discharge employees who have used or abused...

6.2 Million Reasons to Implement a Proactive Workers’ Compensation Return to Work Program

Employers are so focused on managing workers compensation injuries that they often forget that the injury itself is the gateway to employment litigation. Until now, employers have systematically overlooked and downplayed the link between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and workers compensation...

New Research Guides on Return-to-Work and Participatory Ergonomics Programs (Free of Charge)

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has produced two guides, free of charge, which you may find useful. One is a return-to-work guide, and the other offers direction on setting up participatory ergonomics programs. These guides are available at www.iwh.on.ca Both guides are based on research...

Return Back to Work Statistics

More Texas employees are returning back to work following work related injuries according to a recent report by the Texas Department of Insurance. Beginning in 2003 through 2007, each year a greater percentage of injured workers are returning back to work sooner. For example in 2007, 76% of employees...