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State: FL Legislature Votes to Abolish Injured Worker Retraining Program:

The Florida Legislature voted late Friday to abolish the state Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Services and allow the state to contract the rehabilitation of injured workers out to private vocational counselors.

The Senate voted 36 to 1 to approve a report on House Bill 5203 from a House-Senate conference committee. The House approved the measure by a vote of 118 to 0.

If signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the bill would eliminate 27 workers in the bureau and close the ...

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State: HI Uninsured Contractors Fined, State Investigating other Complaints:

A task force comprised of multiple state agencies fined contractors building a townhouse project $45,025 for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance and multiple safety violations, according to a report by Hawaii News Now.

Deputy State Labor Director Audrey Hidano said seven contractors and subcontractors at the project in West Oahu were fined a combined $19,550 for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance. The contractors have coverage now, Hawaii News Now reported.

Hidano also said inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Division found ...

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State: NJ Drug Test Gave Employer Good Enough Reason for Termination:

A grocery store did not commit disability discrimination when it fired a manager with Parkinson’s disease for using a painkiller without a prescription, a New Jersey appellate court ruled.

Case: Martin v. Quick Chek Corp., No. A-2637-10T2, 1/18/12, unpublished.

Facts: Erik Martin, a store manager for Quick Chek Corp., was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000. He told his supervising district leader, Joan Ferry, about his diagnosis and she advised him to keep his illness “hush, hush.”

Martin never mentioned his illness to ...

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State: AK Property Owners Liable for Contractor’s Work Comp Claim:

The owners of a mixed-use property are liable for the workers’ compensation claim of an uninsured contractor, the Supreme Court of Alaska concluded.

Case: Trudell v. Hibbert, No. S-13608, 2/17/12, published.

Facts: Lawrence Trudell, an employee of Phillips Construction Co., was injured while climbing a ladder down from the roof of a building he was working on. The injury occurred on June 13, 2006, at a building in Kenai, Alaska.

At that time, Phillips lacked workers’ compensation insurance, even though it was a ...

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State: OK Bills Target Noncompliance by Employers, Comp Fraud:

By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau Chief

Oklahoma lawmakers are taking aim at employers who don’t carry required workers’ compensation coverage – and at anyone engaged in workers’ compensation fraud – with proposals to raise penalties and to increase regulators’ resources.

Senate Bill 1878 by Sen. Harry Coates, R-Seminole, a construction firm owner, would increase the maximum penalty the state labor commissioner can assess for failing to carry workers’ compensation from $250 per employee to $500 per employee for a first offense – ...

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