IL - Workers' Compensation Investigator is Subject of Probe into Racist Email
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An investigator with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is under investigation for using his personal email address to send Chicago water department employees racist, sexist and anti-gay emails, The Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
Frank Capuzi, 62, a former Republican committeeman on Chicago’s West Side and the son of former Republican state Rep. Louis F. Capuzi, has worked for the state for 42 years and makes more than $114,000 a year, the newspaper said.
“The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is currently investigating the highly offensive a.
TN - Prison Employees With Scabies Say They Faced Retaliation For Work Comp Claims
A scabies outbreak that hit more than 300 inmates has now spread to an estimated 17 employees at a privately run Nashville jail, a lawsuit alleges.
The employees faced retaliation and reprimands in their personnel files if they spoke out or filed workers’ compensation claims, The Tennessean reported.
CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, runs the 1,300-bed Metro-Davidson County Detention Center in Antioch.
The prison company is the defendant in at least three pending lawsuits alleging it failed to properly treat the infestation of the skin-burrowing mite, th.
NJ - Court Upholds $230K Award To City Attorney Who Resisted Waiving Comp Lien
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A New Jersey appeals court has upheld a roughly $230,000 award to a former city attorney who was fired after he resisted waiving a workers' compensation lien against a city employee, New Jersey Law Journal reports.
John McGovern, a former assistant attorney for the city of Orange, alleged he was fired after complaining about a manager's order to write a letter waiving $100,000 in workers' compensation liens against the city's former clerk. The clerk had been injured in a car accident and received a settlement in a lawsuit against the other driver.
McGovern initially refused t.
NY - Town May Leave County Comp Plan Over Rate Hike, But Higher Rate May Not Last
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The supervisor of an upstate New York town that will see its workers' compensation premium rise 267% as the result of a funding formula change wants to look into bowing out of the county's self-insured workers' compensation plan, North Country Now reports.
Before this month, towns' contributions to St. Lawrence County's plan were based 50% on risk and 50% on property values. County regulators voted earlier this month to switch to a 100% risk-based formula.
This means the Village of Massena will see its premium rise from $168,900 to $324,300. But future premiums likel.
NATL. - Judge Dismisses NFL Painkiller Lawsuit Claims On Exclusive Remedy Grounds
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A federal judge has dismissed on exclusive remedy grounds the remaining claims in a lawsuit accusing the National Football League of excessively dispensing pain medications, the Washington Post reports.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed almost all of the claims connected with the suit in May, saying the players largely failed to show that their health problems were connected to drugs they received in the league.
He dismissed the remaining claims on Friday because the players involved had filed workers' compensation claims.
The players argued that the clai.