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Calif. Court: Vulgarity Not Necessarily Harassment 04/25/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 704 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Supreme Court ruled that sexual jokes and vulgar language not directed at a plaintiff do not constitute severe or pervasive harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). In Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions, No. S125171, 04/20/2006, Amaani ...Read More
Court Hearing Continues on 32.9% Rate Hike 04/25/2006
State: SC | Segment: Other | 105 | 0
The long-anticipated workers' compensation rate hearing on a proposed 32.9% increase continues today in a South Carolina administrative law court. The National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) proposed the 32.9% increase in workers' compensation loss-cost rates -- a rate one witnes...Read More
Crushing Fatality Brings $46,250 in Fines 04/24/2006
State: NH | Segment: Regulatory | 129 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied $46,250 in fines against a New Hampshire manufacturer of stone countertops in the death Oct. 21 of an employee who was crushed by a granite slab that fell on him after it was struck by a forklift. Northern Marble and Granite Co. of Mi...Read More
Coalition Warns of Cyanide Danger From Fires 04/24/2006
State: NA | Segment: Safety | 44 | 0
Cyanide is commonly released during structure fires and is poisonous to anyone who breathes it, warns a new coalition that wants better training and protection for the nation's firefighters. The Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition (CPTC) is a nonprofit organization whose members include ...Read More
Commission Posts New Opinions Online 04/24/2006
State: CT | Segment: Regulatory | 69 | 0
The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission reported that five new opinions by the Compensation Review Board have been posted to the commission's Web site. The opinions (all issued in April) are styled Willimantic Dodge/Nissan Stripling Auto Sales, Barnes v. Waterbury Hospital, Doe v....Read More
Calif. 5th: No Liability for Injury on Public Road 04/21/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 354 | 0
In an opinion not certified for publication, the Fifth District of the California Court of Appeals ruled that an employer owes no duty of care to a pedestrian employee utilizing an adjacent public road. In Saran v. W.M. Bolthouse Farms, No. F047107, 04/18/2006, Baldev Saran was hit b...Read More
Correction 04/21/2006
State: CA | Segment: Other | 48 | 0
A Wednesday article about the second anniversary of California Senate Bill 899 contained two errors. The story misidentifed David Rockwell as president of Voters Injured at Work. He is president of the California Applicants' Attorney Association. Also, a quote attributed to Rockw...Read More
Cambridge Unveils Ovation Client Portal 5.0 04/21/2006
State: NA | Segment: Business | 287 | 0
Cambridge Integrated Services, a claims and risk management services provider, has unveiled Ovation Client Portal Release 5.0 (OCP 5.0). The Ovation Client Portal transforms claim data into usable and actionable information so that risk managers can make timely, accurate decisions to preven...Read More
Costs vs. Compassion Clash on Anniversary 04/20/2006
State: CA | Segment: Other | 313 | 0
An economic boost vs. compassion for hurt workers were clashing themes Wednesday in Sacramento on the second anniversary of the signing of Senate Bill 899, which overhauled California's workers' compensation system and left a huge divide between its participants. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...Read More
Cascade National Failure Provokes Suit 04/19/2006
State: WA | Segment: Courts | 111 | 0 | Popular with Wcc
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from three out-of-state companies and their principals, alleging they defrauded workers' compensation carrier Cascade National Insurance Co. and precipitated the Bellevue insurer's collapse. Cascade went ban...Read More
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