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Workers’ Compensation

Mayor orders audit of fund controlled by embattled alderman

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers’ compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime City County member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of fast-food franchises. The move marked the latest fallout from the case against Alderman Ed Burke, who was charged last week with attempted…

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Different Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Worker, Employer, Injury Traits

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Injured workers in mining and construction, those in rural counties or those who suffer fractures, carpal tunnel and neurologic spine pain are among those more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids than workers in other industries or locations or with other injuries. Also, younger works are less likely to be prescribed opioids than older employees. A new study, Correlates of…

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DIGGING DEEPER: Bill addresses workplace safety concerns raised in ‘Dying on the Job’ reports

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A state lawmaker on Monday afternoon filed legislation to revise Indiana’s workers’ compensation system and penalties for workplace safety violations for the first time in three decades. The legislation addresses key concerns raised by a recent ABC21 “Digging Deeper” series of reports. Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) filed HB 1341. If passed and signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, it would:…

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Spotlight: Workers’ comp reform needed to reduce premium rates

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In the span of less than a decade, the price paid by Illinois employers for workers’ compensation insurance dropped from third highest in the nation, as compared to other states, down to 22nd on the list. That steep decline in relative workers’ comp premiums tracked with the implementation of a 2011 state law passed at the urging of the state’s…

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Worker accuses freight car systems provider of wrongful termination

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A Madison man is suing a freight car company, alleging retaliation and wrongful termination. Don L. Garrett filed a complaint Dec. 19 in Madison County Circuit Court against Amsted Rail Company Inc., alleging the defendant willfully and wantonly disregarded the plaintiff’s rights. According to the complaint, on March 2, Garrett was terminated from his employment. The suit says Garrett has…

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All Mayoral Candidates Say Alderman Should Not Oversee Comp Program

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All 14 candidates for Chicago mayor agree that the embattled head of the city's workers' compensation program should step aside or that the program should be managed by a separate city agency. The Chicago Sun-Times asked the candidates if longtime Alderman Ed Burke, who as head of the City Council's Finance Committee oversees the comp program, should step down from that…

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COA: Negligence claim rightly denied in fatal heart attack wreck

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The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment to a man’s estate in a negligence lawsuit, finding his incapacity to drive due to a heart attack was not reasonably foreseeable. While driving to Bloomington for Thanksgiving with Wanda Denson as a passenger in his vehicle, Delmer Dillard suddenly declared he was not feeling well, slumped over and…

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AmTrust: Restaurant injuries cost employees 30 days of work on average

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AmTrust Financial Services has released a new report that finds that injured restaurant workers miss an average of 30 days of work. The AmTrust Restaurant Risk Report is based on more than 84,006 claims AmTrust collected from restaurant clients between 2013 and 2017. Highlights of the report include: Cuts, punctures and/or scrapes account for a third of all restaurant claims…

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Progressive aldermen move to strip Burke of $100M-a-year worker’s comp program

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Progressive aldermen moved Wednesday to strip the Finance Committee chaired by Ald. Edward Burke (14th) of control over Chicago’s $100 million-a-year worker’s compensation program. The move by Ald. John Arena (45th) and his Progressive Caucus colleagues comes nearly two weeks after the unprecedented federal raid on Burke’s ward and City Hall offices. Sources have told the Chicago Sun-Times that the…

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