[caption id="attachment_6387" align="alignright" width="300"] A worker in a protective suit at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year.[/caption] When Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors went into meltdown following the 2011 tsunami in Japan, over 44,000 workers were dispat...
In years past, Black “Friday” started early on – well, Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). Over the years, it has crept earlier and earlier (from 4 am to 2 am to midnight on Thursday itself). Among the retailers who have now pushed that opening well into Thanksgiving itself are Kmart, J.C. Pe...
We get it, we get it: exercise is good for us. Mountains of evidence show the endless benefits of routine physical activity, and federal health guidelines recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, such as a brisk walk. As extensive research shows, when you adhere to a phys...
Last month our story “Employee v. Employer: Who Gets The Shortest End of the Work Comp Stick?” discussed a number of hardships employees face once they are designated as an “aging injured worker.”  Yet the difficulties employers experience in dealing with the workers’ comp system are sign...
The life of a professional football player is physically grueling. Wide receiver Nate Jackson played in the NFL for 7 years, mostly as a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos, and although he wasn't a high-profile star — or even a starter — he did make a short career for himself in the coveted a...
Yesterday the NFL surprised players, fans, the legal and medical communities -- and even the media -- by announcing a settlement between the League and 4,500 former players who filed a concussion-related lawsuit last year. Yet as many workers compensation attorneys and other legal analysts sort thro...
Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Casey B. Mulligan, economics professor at the University of Chicago and author of “The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy.” Proposals by the Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour promp...
[caption id="attachment_2506" align="alignright" width="300"] Workers “take a break” in a Manhattan park.[/caption] Most of us today feel too tethered to our smart-phones and computers. We feel obligated to constantly check e-mails, texts, Facebook and other networks, fretting about the remote ...
A lot of Americans wouldn't dream of missing medical appointments or their annual physicals. And yet those same individuals repeatedly compromise their health – and may even shorten their life-span – by skipping annual vacations! This lack of R&R can put us at risk of many ailments and diso...