Workers’ Compensation News - November 10, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 32

EDICARE SECONDARY PAYER LEGISLATION - Draft 17 
A BILL To amend the Medicare Secondary Payer Act(42 U.S.C. § 1395y(b), et seq.)
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THE CALIFORNIA CRISIS
Attracting Private Specialty Carriers to California Will Stabilize the Workers' Compensation Crisis 
The California workers' compensation system is broken ....
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Garamendi's move stuns insurance industry 
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi yesterday slashed advisory rates for workers' compensation insurance by nearly 15 percent for 2004. 
The reduction reflects cost savings that Garamendi believes will result from reform legislation that state lawmakers passed in September. But it is a significant departure from a 2.9 percent decrease recommended by the Workers Compensation Ratings Bureau, an industry-supported agency that recommends rates to state regulators. 
Union-Tribune
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20031107-9999_1b7workcomp.html 

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ERGONOMICS
Workplace ergonomics rules repealed
Washington state's sweeping workplace ergonomics rules - which survived lawsuits and a multiyear assault in the Legislature - succumbed to a million-dollar initiative campaign.
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NJ INSURANCE VIOLATIONS ALLEGED
Wal-Mart Alleged to Not Pay WC Insurance
Nine Immigrants Arrested in Raid File Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart in NJ
ine Mexican immigrants who worked as janitors at Wal-Marts in New Jersey sued the company on Wednesday, accusing Wal-Mart and its cleaning contractors of failing to pay overtime, withhold taxes and make required workers' compensation contributions.
NY Times
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NJ JUDGESHIP
Fourth District awaits race results
GOP Sen. George Geist could be weighing a judgeship or a recount. Meanwhile, provisional votes are still being counted.
McGreevey would more likely nominate Geist to a second-tier judgeship, such as a workers' compensation or administrative law judge.
Philadelphia-Inquirer
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7213173.htm