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Stop The Hatch UNFAIR Asbestos Act - Call Your US Senators Today

Action is needed immediately to stop this legislation. This legislation may go to a US Senate floor vote any day after September 1st, 2003. You are urged to call your US Senators today!  

New Jersey Labor Department to provide UI benefits to any laid-off part-time worker

On July 1, 2003, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey signed into law P.L.2003, c.107. The law, which may be found on the internet as Assembly Bill 3702 with Senate floor amendments does the following with respect to unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report 2002, the latest edition of a widely used compendium of information on the occurrences of and trends in occupational respiratory diseases and exposures, is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention=s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 

Workers' Compensation News - July 7, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 17

ASBESTOS - US Senate Judiciary Committee epected to hold final vote Thu July 10, 2003 With a limited Federal Asbestos Trust Funds available, a question now arises whather this will add economic insult to insurance companies and State fund. 

Bush Administration Rejects Reporting of Ergonomic Injuries to OSHA

OSHA has decided not to modify the form which employers use to record workplace injuries and illnesses to include a separate column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), the Agency announced today. OSHA's decision appears in today's Federal Register.

Congress Takes Up Legislation to Overhaul the Asbestos Compensation System

After weeks of difficult negotiations, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approached an agreement concerning asbestos liability compensation just before the Senate adjourned for a week-long break on June 27. If Democrats and Republicans on the committee can reach agreement on outstanding questions when the Senate resumes working after the Fourth of July, there is a good chance that a controversial asbestos compensation bill will be approved before the end of July.

Workers’ Compensation News - June 30, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 16

 “Victims forgotten in asbestos proposal” Under Senator Hatch’s Forgiving Asbestos Industry Responsibility Act

Workers’ Compensation News - May 23, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 11
Labor Calls Senator Hatch’s Asbestos Bill Too Weak ... 5/22/2003 National Consumer Awareness Campaign Launched on Vermiculite Insulation Used in So...
Workers' Compensation News - June 22, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 15

Amputation Bonus--"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21).

n April 30, 2003, the President signed into law the Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act of 2003 ("SEPPA"), which established a no-fault progra...
Benefits and Compensation for Smallpox Vaccine Injuries
n April 30, 2003, the President signed into law the Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act of 2003 ("SEPPA"), which established a no-fault progra...
Asbestos Deaths Soaring

Asbestosis deaths among U.S. residents age 15 and over have increased from fewer than 100 in 1968 to more than 1,250 annually in 1999. the most recent year for which data are available, with no apparent leveling off of this trend.  

NJ Workers' Compensation Paid $1.1 Billion in 2000
 The Burden of Occupational Illness and Injury in New Jersey In New Jersey, there are approximately 4.0 million individuals employed in the work...
Senator Kennedy declares that a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome should not require genetic testing.
US Senate Releases Genetic Non-Discrimination Bill "Today our committee considers important legislation to prevent discrimination on the basis of gen...
Flight Attendants Demand Protection from Toxic Cabin Air

Patricia Friend, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, will testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee to expose the health effects of toxic cabin air in the aircraft cabin. 

World Trade Center Health Registry To Record Those Expose on 911 for Medical Followup

Those Closest to the WTC Site on Sept. 11, 2001 or the Weeks and Months that Followed are Urged to Call 311 or visit www.wtcregistry.org  The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that more than 6,500 people from 45 states and eight countries have signed up to be enrolled in the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry since its launch last Friday, September 5.

Workers’ Compensation News - June 14, 2002 Volume 1 Issue 14

"Amputation Bonus"--"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21).--Martinez v Silverline 2003 WL 21305487 (N.J. Super. AD) Decided 6.9.03 

Workers’ Compensation News - June 6, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 13
Senator Kennedy declares that a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome should not require genetic testing. US Senate Releases Genetic ...
Congoleum Corporation Amends Agreement to Settle Asbestos Claims

Congoleum Corporation (AMEX:CGM) reported today that it has executed certain amendments to the settlement agreement it entered into on April 10, 2003 with attorneys representing more than 75% of the known present claimants with asbestos claims pending against Congoleum and certain ancillary agreements relating to that settlement agreement. The amendments provide additional time for parties to review and respond to information required in order to participate in the settlement.

Senator Leahy Objects to Federal Asbestos Legislation As Unfair to Workers

I thank Chairman Hatch for calling this hearing on the asbestos litigation crisis, the third that the Committee has had since I convened the first one last September. Last fall, I hoped to begin a bipartisan dialogue about the best means for providing fair and efficient compensation to the current victims and those yet to come. My message today is simple: To end this crisis we need to re-start negotiations among the stakeholders and interested Senators to finish hammering out the details of an effective national trust fund for victims of asbestos-related disease. 

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