News Digest 1/25/2008

By: Rick Waldinger

Quote of the day

"For sure we have some accidents. Things happen, but probably not as much as people think."

Hélène Thibault, senior benefits manager for Cirque du Soleil

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Cirque du Soleil Benefits Manager Illuminates Her Unique Role
How can an employer provide health insurance for workers who travel 100 percent of the time? How should it calculate risk for employees whose daily routines include fireworks, martial arts and hanging from ropes 50 feet off the ground? These are the questions that face the benefits manager for the partially self-insured Cirque du Soleil. By Michelle V. Rafter, Workforce Management
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Nebraska Law Would Cover Witnesses of Violence
Police officers, paramedics and other emergency workers who witness violent criminal acts could seek workers’ compensation for the mental effects, under a proposed law that also would apply to workers who witness violence while doing their jobs. By AP via KPTM-TV (Omaha)
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Buckeye State Worker Claims BWC Claim Spurred His Firing
An Ohio maintenance worker sues his former employer Fenner-Dunlop Inc., an Erie Township conveyor-belt manufacturer, for allegedly wrongfully firing him after he filed a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for burns he suffered in a 2006 fire at the plant. By Kristina Smith Horn,
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Editorial: Politicizing Workers’ Comp Hurts Mountain State
West Virginia politicians’ decision to politicize workers’ compensation, instead of running a straightforward insurance program, cost the state billions of dollars in unfunded benefit promises, investments not made, jobs not created, and poverty not relieved. But some still don’t understand how staggering a mistake that was, and are working to re-politicize the system. Charleston Daily Mail
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Amerisource to Sell Workers’ Comp Unit
Drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp announces that it is pursuing the sale of its PMSI workers’ compensation business. The company has solicited buyers for the unit, which had $460 million in sales in the last fiscal year, and is reviewing initial bids with the help of Citigroup. Reuters
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Easter Seals to Collect Trucker’s Death Settlement
In Canada, a settlement in the 2004 work-related crushing of a 42-year-old Alberta trucker will allow the Easter Seals campaign will receive an unexpected contribution of approximately $70,000 USD. Edmonton Journal
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