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Drug testing policies and safety incentive programs: New laws

If you work for a company with drug testing policies and safety incentive programs, you should be aware that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new rules designed to prevent those policies from being used to quiet employees about workplace accidents.

Can you be denied workers' compensation for medical marijuana?

In Illinois, the passing of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program has left some employees confused about how the Compassionate Use Act and the Workers' Compensation Act relate. Here are some answers to frequent questions.

The importance of reporting all work accidents

Illinois is home to a wide variety of industries, many of which pose serious injury risks to workers. Most residents would immediately agree that it is important to report a serious accident. Workers know that prompt and accurate reporting is a key factor in getting workers' compensation if the injury takes them out of the workplace. However, many workers choose not to report a minor work accident.

Addressing Common Workplace Dangers

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. While the nature of the work certainly has something to do with the likelihood of injury, there are certain hazards that can and should be managed by employers. Well-known safety hazards require higher levels of care in terms of safety equipment and training. Employers and employees looking to minimize the risk of an accident should be aware of the common hazards that contribute to workplace injuries.

It's important to file workplace accident reports

If you're hurt on the job, don't try to tough it out and keep it to yourself. You may be embarrassed about getting hurt or tempted to think it's no big deal. However, there are some very important reasons to file the report -- one of which is that you need proof that you were injured in the first place.

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