News Digest 12-9-2019

Quote of the day

“The VA needs to be held accountable. It’s not just me. There are others who are afraid of retribution.”

June Nanke, a former nurse with the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, who was punched in the face by a patient two years ago but had her workers’ comp claim denied



New York Dems planning to regulate ‘gig economy’

Democratic lawmakers in New York have begun laying out plans to regulate the “gig economy,” which includes app-based delivery services as well as ride-hailing companies, and ensure workers have access to benefits like unemployment, workers’ compensation insurance and minimum wage protections. Some business groups and tech firms have a different view, however, of regulations they say will reduce the independent nature of the industry and cost workers money. New York Daily News


North Carolina law firm innovates with mobile law office

A Raleigh, North Carolina law firm is one of the first in the nation and the only in North Carolina to offer a mobile law office offering free advice pop-ups on areas including personal injury and workers’ compensation. WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham


Arizona VA hospital cited after attack on nurse

Fed-OSHA earlier this year cited the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, where a 43-year-old nurse was punched in the face by a patient two years ago. The investigation confirmed many of the nurse’s allegations that the hospital was a dangerous work environment for her and her colleagues. However, Department of Labor’s workers’ compensation program twice denied her claim last year, citing a lack of evidence even though she filed a police report detailing the assault. azcentral


Business owner: ‘Oregon needs a bold new health care model’

“How can I run a sustainable business with this dysfunctional health care environment?” asks Ron Loe, owner of Wood Castle Furniture Co. Oregonian