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Trickle Down Consequences of Professional Athletic Head Injuries

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The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.
The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

The consequences of denying workers’ compensation benefits to professional athletes is having a profound effect on high school and community sporting programs. When a system that is supposed to provide medical benefits and disability payments in a summary fashion turns it’s back on professional players, the issue of safety becomes even more important to those who re considering entering the economic lottery of sports for success.

"The sport of football is changing. Revelations about widespread brain injuries have ushered in new rules and a lawsuit against the NFL. But what about the millions of kids who play football in elementary, middle and high school? We asked our network of Student Reporting Labs around the country to investigate the impact of new awareness of concussions on youth football programs in their communities."

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Top 5 Careers for Women to Consider in 2014

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Looking for a new job? Thinking about switching careers? CareerCast.com recently created a list of 12 great job opportunities for women in 2014 based on career projections from the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Of course, they’re great options for men, too!) All of them have these factors in common: strong projected growth, high average annual salaries, smaller pay gaps between men and women than other fields, and high percentages of women working in the field.

Here’s a closer look at the top five:

What do they do? Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur and they help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk.

What are the opportunities? The median pay in 2012 was $93,680 per year, and the predicted job growth in this field between 2012 and 2022 is 26 percent. (For reference, the average predicted growth for all fields is 11 percent.)

Make it happen: Actuaries need a bachelor’s degree to enter the field, and are expected to complete on-the-job training and must undergo exams to become certified. Strong backgrounds in business, mathematics and statistics are useful in entering the field. Find actuary jobs or training.

2. Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers

What do they do? Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers design plans to promote products and services. They work…

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Opioid Use Prior To Spine Surgery Linked To Diminished Patient-Reported Outcomes

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The higher the level of opioid intake, the higher the level of post-surgery dissatisfaction

Rosemont, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery(JBJS) links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications, such as Percocet) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery.

Between 1999 and 2010, a greater focus on pain management resulted in a four-fold increase in opioids sold to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices, and a related and ongoing increase in opioid-related complications, including opioid dependence, impaired cognition and poor treatment outcomes. Previous studies have found a link between opioid use and diminished spine surgery outcomes; however, the studies did not account for differences in opioid consumption among patients.

In this study, 326 out of 583 (56 percent) patients reported some degree of opioid use prior to elective lumbar, thoracolumbar or cervical spine surgery between October 2010 and June 2012. Researchers collected preoperative demographic data on all patients including age, sex, race, diabetes and smoking status, level of surgical invasiveness, relevant comorbidities and socioeconomic information. Daily opioid use, including opioid type, dosage, route and frequency of administration in a 24-hour period, was self- reported and converted into a morphine-equivalent amount in milligrams per day. The median patient preoperative daily morphine…

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President of Roofing Company Sentenced to Jail for Scheme to Avoid Paying Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Insurance Premiums

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Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the president of a roofing company was sentenced to jail today for providing false and misleading information to the company’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier in order to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums that he was obligated to pay.

Charles Kelcy Pegler Sr., 56, of Spring Lake, was sentenced to 180 days in county jail as a condition of three years of probation by Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Jr. in Monmouth County. Pegler was also ordered to serve 150 hours of community service and to pay at $15,000 criminal fine. Pegler previously paid full restitution to New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company and to Atain Insurance Company. The sentence was based on Pegler’s April 17 guilty plea to third-degree insurance fraud. Pegler was charged in a Dec. 19, 2013 state grand jury indictment.

“This defendant had a legal and moral obligation to provide full and adequate workers compensation insurance coverage for his employees,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “By failing in this duty, Mr. Pegler defrauded not just his employees and his insurance company, but also honest, hard-working New Jerseyans who are forced to pay increased premiums to cover the costs of the fraud.”

“The jail time imposed upon this defendant should act as a deterrent to anyone who fails to provide adequate and lawful workers’ compensation…

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AIG Agrees to $146.5 Million 50 State Settlement for Workers Comp Misreported Premiums

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American International Group Inc. and its affiliates have agreed to pay $146.5 million to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to settle a complaint that it misreported billions of dollars in workers compensation premiums in past years.

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, whose state was among those pressing the complaint, announced the settlement Monday.

AIG was accused of misreporting $21.1 billion in workers compensation premium as other lines of insurance in past years.

The company agreed to pay a $100 million national penalty and $46.5 million in additional premium taxes and assessments. McCarty said Florida’s share of the settlement will total $14.3 million. He said the misreported premiums had wrongly reduced AIG’s taxes and assessments.

The State of Pennsylvania, a lead state in the probe, says it will receive more than $16.8 million in fines and assessments as part of the settlement, which the state’s insurance department says is the largest fine levied in the agency’s history. Pennsylvania says its share breaks down to $8.6 million in fines, $3.6 million to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Security Fund and $4.6 million in premium taxes and assessments. 

In a statement, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine says, “State insurance regulators must be able to rely on accurate company financial data. In AIG’s case, we found that the companies, which operated in a pooled arrangement, had…

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How Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud Destabilizes the Competitive Markets: ABA Webinar Announced

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Chicago, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – The American Bar Association has schedueld a webinar entitled "How Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud Destabilizes the Competitive Markets", scheduled for June 24, 2014 at 1:00PM. Moderated by Jill Mariani, Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office, the webinar will feature an interactive panel of experts including investigators, prosecutors and industry experts knowledgeable about the harmful effects of insurance premium fraud schemes on law-abiding employers, hardworking employees and over-burdened taxpayers.

The panel will discuss the problem, the law enforcement response, initiatives and proposed legislation, and efforts to communicate the problem to the communities and others. The program will cover:

  • Results in an unleveled playing field causing law-abiding businesses to suffer unfair competition
  • Denies many workers, especially the immigrant community, protections and benefits to which they are entitled
  • Ignores labor standards and deprives the public of uncollected revenue and imposes costs on the public
  • Cheats workers’ compensation insurance carriers out of hundreds of millions of dollars in premiums

The registration fee for TIPS Members is only $95. Interested persons may learn more and register here.

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Steady Job Growth Continues

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The economy in May continued its steady recovery from the Great Recession, and we have now added 9.4 million new private-sector jobs over 51 consecutive months. The economy generated 217,000 new jobs in May — the fourth consecutive month exceeding 200,000 new jobs — and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent.


Monthly change in total private employment, 3-month moving average, February 2008 – May 2014. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program.

We continue to move in the right direction with steady job growth, but we must take steps to help those individuals who are still feeling the lasting effects of the recession. There are 3.4 million people experiencing long-term unemployment. It’s been five months since Congress allowed emergency unemployment benefits to expire, leaving so many families without a critical lifeline. These are our friends and neighbors, and they’re suffering — Congress must act so they can continue to pay their bills and put food on the table while they look for work.


Employment in Major Industries Since the Employment Trough, February 2010 – May 2014. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program.

And despite the warm weather, Congress continues to leave low-wage workers out in the cold by refusing to pass an increase in the minimum wage. States and local jurisdictions have taken it upon themselves to ensure their residents get the long overdue raise that…

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Georgia Employer Cited Following Worker’s Death

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For one Georgia employer, a workplace tragedy has led to a sizable fine.

 

A 42-year-old worker fell approximately 19 feet off scaffolding to his death while applying stucco to a pre-existing building that was being renovated as a college dormitory for East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation following the Sept. 20, 2013, fatality and cited Jack Smiley, doing business as Smiley Plaster Co., for five safety violations, including a willful violation of the law.

 

 

Employer Knowingly Failed To Provide Properly Built Scaffold System

 

“A worker died after the employer knowingly failed to provide a properly built scaffold system to protect employees from fall hazards,” said Robert Vazzi, OSHA’s area director in Savannah. “Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Employers must ensure their workers are protected.”

 

OSHA issued a willful citation to the employer for its failure to provide fall protection to employees who work from scaffolding at heights over 10 feet. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

 

Due to the willful violation, the company has been put into OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which focuses resources on…

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