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September 11, 2006 3:13 AM
Workers' Compensation News - Sep 1, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 408

 PUTTING "FAULT" BACK INTO WORKERS' COMPENSATION
A bill has been introduced into the NJ Legislature in an attempt to legislatively reverse the recent NJ Supreme Court ruling in Tlumac v. High Bridge Stone which reaffirmed the long standing rule that intoxication must be the "sole cause" of an accident in order to deprive an employee of workers' compensation benefits. The proposed legislation, S2166, amends the workers' compensation law to provide that it in employee was intoxicated when the injury or death occurred, it is presumed that the injury or death was caused by the intoxication and the employee will be barred from receiving workers' compensation.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/Default.asp
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CMS/MSP: NEW LEADERSHIP
William Decker has now assumed the responsibilities Olivia Williams at the Office of Financial Management at CMS. 

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NJ BENEFIT RATES INCREASE IN 2007
In 2007 the maximum benefit will be $711. per week.
http://www.state.nj.us/labor/wc/stats.htm

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ROTATING SHIFT WORK MAY CAUSE HEART DISEASE RISK
People who work a mix of day and night shifts may face a greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who work fixed days or nights only, a new study from Japan suggests.
American Journal of Epidemiology 7.06
http://www.reutershealth.com/wellconnected/doc12.html
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CALIFORNIA
SUGGESTION TO BOYCOTT PHYISICAN SUPPORTING SCHWARZENEGGER PROMTS OFFICIAL RESPONSE
A Los Angeles lawyer set off a storm of controversy in Sacramento on after he urged physicians who evaluate injured workers for the state workers' compensation program to oppose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's reelection. 
LA Times 7.21.06
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-fi-comp21jul21,0,2961780.story?coll=la-headlines-politics
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ADULT LEAD EXPOSURE
Workplace lead exposure a brain cancer risk
People who are routinely exposed to lead at work are 50 per cent more likely to die from brain cancer than people who are not exposed, according to new US research. The 
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/pr/news/story.cfm?id=1212

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911 FIRST RESPONDERS
WTC responders had exposure-related increases in respiratory symptoms
and PFT abnormalities that persisted up to 2.5 years after the attacks. Long-term medical
monitoring is required to track persistence of these abnormalities and identify late effects,
including possible malignancies. Lessons learned should guide future responses to civil
disasters.
The WTC Disaster & the Health of Workers: 5-Year Assessment
Full Report: http://www.ehponline.org/members/2006/9592/9592.pdf

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CALENDAR
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2006 Workers' compensation Motion Practice
Marriott Hotel (formerly Radisson Hotel), Mt. Laurel
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
http://www.njicle.com/cgi-bin/njicle?SessionID=32&doc=/Seminars/wc_10-12-06.htm
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September 20, 2006 Lessons Learned from Handling Quadriplegic & Paraplegic Workers' Claims
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn at Raritan Center, Edison
http://www.njicle.com/cgi-bin/njicle.exe?SessionID=16&doc=/Seminars/WC_9-20-06.html
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September 25-29, 2006 92nd Annual IAIABC Convention. Held in Little Rock, AR. Additional information: International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), 5610 Medical Circle, Suite 24
Madison, WI 53719. Phone: 608-663-6355. Website: www.iaiabc.org
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Thursday, October 12, 2006 Workers' Compensation Motion Practice
The Newark Club, Newark
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
http://www.njicle.com/cgi-bin/njicle?SessionID=32&doc=/Seminars/wc_10-12-06.htm 

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