April 2011: Workers’ Comp Advisory

Do’s & Don’ts to help avoid hiring a Workers’ Comp claim
It’s often said a Workers’ Comp claim begins at the date of hire. There are steps employers can take to reduce the possibility of a bad hire… Read More.

Distracted driving

  • Texting ban rule for hazmat drivers
  • OSHA’s new distracted driving brochure
  • Trends in distracted driving policies
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Important studies

  • Prescription drug utilization driving WC costs
  • Over prescribing pain killers an acute problem in Workers’ Comp
  • Recession increases duration of temporary total disability (TTD)
  • Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine
  • Many workers feel stressed, undervalued: survey
  • Read More.

Important FMLA decisions

  • Failure to return employer’s telephone calls can defeat FMLA claim
  • FMLA does not cover faith healing
  • 2010 Significant FMLA decisions
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Osha Watch

  • OSHA issues cranes and derricks guidance
  • OSHA sends 10,000 letters to grain handling facilities on protecting workers from engulfment hazards in grain bins
  • NAHB provides guidance on changes in OSHA’s fall protection requirements
  • Recent fines
  • Read More.

Case Study

Soap manufacturer uses hiring practices to keep thousands from going down the drain
Relationships with occupational physicians are key to identifying fraudulent claims… Read More.

Things you should know

  • EEOC issues final rule implementing ADAAA
  • Workers’ Comp sitcom coming
  • CDC module provides customized injury reports
  • Study: Two pesticides associated with Parkinson’s disease
  • Nurse toolkit aims to stem ER violence
  • EPA issues final boiler standards
  • Read More.

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