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Summer 2019 newsletter

In this edition, we consider how proposals for Medicare for All and public insurance option would impact injured and ill workers, examining the potential for integration of workers' comp medical into a national health insurance system. We also bring you news on farmworkers winning workers' comp and other crucial labor protections in New York, a constitutional challenge to workers' comp law in Florida, and a victory for California workers in the fight against employee misclassification.

Winter 2019 newsletter

As the new year begins, we report on how profit-driven insurance companies and employers use drug testing and other punitive policies to wrongfully deny and deter workers' compensation claims.

Summer 2018 newsletter

This month we report on the opioid epidemic, focusing on how workplace injuries and painkiller dependency, the pharmaceutical industry and profit-driven workers' comp policies have driven addiction to painkillers. We also analyze recent public health and workers' comp legislation, considering which regulative policies present pro-worker solutions and which are mere smokescreens for industry-driven attacks on workers' rights.

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Spring 2018 newsletter

This month we report on sexual harassment in the workplace, analyze the failure of workers' comp and other legal protections to aid victims or prevent further abuse, and highlight organizing and policy innovations that target the root causes of gender-based violence. We also bring you news on proposed comp protections for first responders, a disturbing trend in court-ordered work sentences that deprive participants of fair wages and mistreat injured workers, and more.

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Fall 2017 newsletter

This month we report on the environmental hazards, worker abuses, and barriers to workers' comp faced by cleanup workers in the wake of recent disasters. We also bring you news on retaliation against undocumented injured workers, drastic cuts to the health and safety budget under Trump, and a pathbreaking new deal with Ben & Jerry's ensuring healthy and just working conditions for Vermont dairy workers.

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Summer 2017 newsletter

This month we focus on how a broken regulatory system has enabled a culture of systematic retaliation and fear to take hold in low-wage workplaces, and how affected workers are leading efforts to restore rule of law and protect their rights. We also bring you news on threats to workers' rights under Trump's aggressive anti-immigrant policies, OSHA's worrisome delays on several important health and safety rules, and significant state legislation on workers' comp and universal healthcare.

Spring 2017 newsletter

This month we report on how major corporations are transforming steady employment into temp work, with dire consequences for health and safety, access to workers' comp, and other basic labor rights. We also bring you news on first responders' struggle for workers' comp, as well as updates on OSHA's new anti-retaliation rule, the ongoing controversy over workers' comp in FL, and more. Also please note that we have changed our format slightly.

Fall 2016 Newsletter

This month we report on the history of domestic and farm workers' exclusion from workers' comp and other labor laws, looking at challenges and victories in organizing for change in both sectors. We also bring you news on gender discrimination and systemic denials in California's workers' comp system, and updates on trends in workers' comp benefits, health and safety in the poultry and meatpacking industry, and the ongoing fight over employment status and labor rights in the sharing economy.

Spring/Summer 2016

In this edition we report on the latest in the growing national conversation on workers' comp and discuss the potential for national action. We also bring you news on a medical scam in California that has hurt thousands of workers and cost the system over a billion dollars, as well as a review of how injured workers and their attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of Florida's workers' comp system.

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Winter 2016 newsletter

This month we report on a disturbing trend in workers' comp legislation that gives employers control over the claims process and violates injured and ill workers' rights to due process. We also bring you news on a groundbreaking decision declaring Oklahoma's opt-out law unconstitutional and updates on the national conversation developing around workers' comp standards, how big corporations pressure states to cut benefits, and how inadequate wage replacement impacts household finances for injured workers and their families.