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N.Y. Builder Jailed for Lying About His Employees 12/23/2005
State: NY | Segment: Fraud | 135 | 0
The owner of a Rensselaer County-based steel erection company won't be home for the holidays after being sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail for lying to his workers' compensation insurer. Dale Fajen, 54, of Schaghticoke was sentenced on Dec. 12 by Saratoga County Court Jud...Read More
NC Ct: No Abandonment to Preclude Benefits 12/22/2005
State: NC | Segment: Courts | 153 | 0
The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that willful abandonment of a child precludes the parents from recovering death benefits, but minimal contact does not equate to abandonment for purposes of benefit preclusion. In Rhodes v. Price Brothers, Inc., No. COA05-256, 12/20/2005, Ri...Read More
N.H. Plumbers, Pipefitters Covered by Alliance 12/22/2005
State: NH | Segment: Safety | 155 | 0
New Hampshire plumbers and pipefitters will receive hazard training and be made aware of best practices to avoid them on the job. Greater safety for the tradesmen is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New H...Read More
NAMIC Service Tracks Legislation, Regs 12/22/2005
State: NA | Segment: Other | 79 | 0
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) has launched an upgraded legislative and regulatory tracking service for its member companies. The Legislative and Regulatory Information Service, or LARIS, is powered by State Net, the nation's leading source of state governmen...Read More
NYC WC Boards Staying Open Despite Transit Walkout 12/22/2005
State: NY | Segment: Courts | 101 | 0
The New York State Worker's Compensation Board is keeping its three New York City district offices open despite a walkout by the city's transit workers. "Every effort should be made to appear at your appointment on time in order for the board to continue to process claims and deliver the ...Read More
Nebraska Court Clerk Ending 43-Year Career 12/22/2005
State: NE | Segment: People | 106 | 0
Court Clerk Kay Peterson, who has held her title with the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court since 1964, will retire on Dec. 30. She joined the court staff in January 1963 and a year later was appointed clerk of the court. She has held the position ever since. "She has establis...Read More
Northwest Ohio Council Enters Alliance 12/21/2005
State: OH | Segment: Safety | 110 | 0
The Safety Council of Northwest Ohio (SCNWO) has entered into an OSHA alliance that will reach employers and employees with information and practices that prevent exposure to workplace hazards. Jule Jones, OSHA area director in Toledo, said, "Joining with the Safety Council of Northwest Ohi...Read More
N.Y. 3rd: AWW Based on Annual Earnings 12/21/2005
State: NY | Segment: Courts | 185 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Third Judicial Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ruled that a claimant's average weekly wage should be calculated based on the amount of days worked during the year. In Fletcher v. Wegmans, No. 98621, 12/15/2005, Elizabeth Fletcher was injured i...Read More
N.Y. 3rd: No Modification for Treatment Gaps 12/21/2005
State: NY | Segment: Courts | 137 | 0
The Third Judicial Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ruled that an award of continuing disability payments should not be modified based on gaps in treatment. In Kamrowski v. Vestal Nursing Center , No. 98576, 12/15/2005, Lori Kamrowski established a...Read More
NCCI Takes Issue with AP Report on S.C. Reforms 12/21/2005
State: SC | Segment: Politics | 71 | 0
NCCI's prediction that reform recommendations by a South Carolina task force would cause a short-term 25% increase in costs was never intended as a public document and does not analyze the full impact of the proposals, a spokesman for the rating agency said Tuesday. Peter Burton, NCCI's gov...Read More
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