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Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 Hurricane Season Predicted to be Slightly Above-Average

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season has been predicted to be slightly above-average. The report comes from researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU).

Saturday, March 31, 2018

National Asbestos Awareness Week

Designating the first week of April 2018 as National Asbestos Awareness Week.
115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. RES. 449
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 22, 2018
 (for himself, Mr. DainesMr. CardinMr. DurbinMrs. FeinsteinMr. WhitehouseMs. HarrisMr. LeahyMr. MerkleyMr. BookerMr. MarkeyMr. Isakson, and Ms. Warren) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to
RESOLUTION
US Senator Jon Testor


Whereas dangerous asbestos fibers are invisible and cannot be smelled or tasted;

Thursday, March 29, 2018

NJ Expands Access to Medical Marijuana to Include Common Work-Related Conditions

Governor Phil Murphy announced major reforms to New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. The permitted medical conditions now include many common work-related medical conditions. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NJ Supreme Court to Decide if Volunteer Firefighter Can be Awarded Temporary Disability Benefits

Is claimant, a volunteer firefighter, entitled to temporary disability payments for injuries that occurred when she was unemployed and therefore not earning a wage?

A-55-17 Jennifer Kocanowski v. Township of Bridgewater (080510)

NJ Supreme Court Certification granted: 3/14/2018
Posted: 03/14/2018
Argued: 
Decided: 

See:
An Unpaid Volunteer Firefighter Not Entitled to NJ Workers’ Compensation Temporary Benefits December 16, 2017

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Opioid Epidemic: Walgreens to Pay $5.5 Million Over Alleged Overcharges for Prescription Drugs

Walgreens Overcharged for Drugs Covered by State Workers’ Compensation System. A Settlement was entered into with Massachusetts Attorney General's’ Office to fund programs that address the Opioid Epidemic.

Massachusetts Reaches Workers' Compensation Rate Settlement

Massachusetts businesses will save approximately $150 million under a settlement Attorney General Maura Healey reached with the State Rating Bureau (SRB) and the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau (WCRIB). The settlement, which follows the AG’s intervention in an administrative rate proceeding at the Division of Insurance, results in an average rate rollback of 12.9 percent on workers’ compensation insurance in the state.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cybersecurity: CMS to Issue New Medicare Cards



To protect unauthorized disclosure in case of a cybersecurity attack, the Federal government will be issuing new Medicare cards as of April 1, 2018. The rollout and transition will be over a one-year basis.