Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes appears in the following:

Lawmakers Seek Federal 'Oversight' Of Workers' Comp As States Limit Benefits

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Members of the House and Senate are calling on the Labor Department to help injured workers who are losing benefits. The members cite an NPR/ProPublica investigation.


When Businesses Opt Out Of Workers' Comp, Employees May Struggle For Care

Thursday, October 15, 2015

As states consider allowing employers to completely opt out of workers' compensation plans, NPR and ProPublica take a look at how the concept has worked in Texas.


Opt-Out Plans Let Companies Work Without Workers' Comp

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

State laws in both Oklahoma and Texas allow employers to develop their own workplace injury plans that generally cover fewer injuries, cut off benefits payments sooner and control access to doctors.


Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen worked on behalf of coal miners in Appalachia and helped create a national movement against black lung disease.


FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

Friday, May 29, 2015

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn't watch subordinates' behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.


Feds Probe Failure To Collect Mine Safety Penalties After NPR Report

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Labor Department's investigation follows an NPR/Mine Safety and Health News series about the failure of federal regulators to collect millions in safety penalties at the nation's mines.


Mine Owner, Delinquent On Safety Fines, Announces Run For West Virginia Governor

Monday, May 11, 2015

More than $2 million in penalties against Jim Justice's mines had not been paid as of March. The mines involved had an injury rate that was double the average rate for coal mines.


Illinois Assembly's Rare Hearing Challenges Proposed Workers' Comp Cutbacks

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

An injured worker, who was featured in a ProPublica/NPR investigation, testified about the cost of cutting benefits. He asked lawmakers not to make the kind of cuts that got him evicted from his home.


Workers' Comp: CA Bill Would Stop Insurers From Suspending Care

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A ProPublica/NPR investigation into the case of a paralyzed worker prompted the state to warn insurance companies that they can't arbitrarily change treatment plans.


'I Lost A Hand And This Is Workman's Comp. ... I Didn't Lose A Hook!'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dennis Whedbee's experience illustrates the trade-offs for injured workers as states and insurance carriers seek to trim workers' comp by gaining more control over treatment decisions.


Delinquent Mines: Congress Revives Bill To Hold Mine Owners Accountable

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The measure, first proposed in 2010, would shut down mines if owners fail to pay fines for safety violations.


Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

Monday, March 30, 2015

In 10 states, injured workers are finding it more difficult to get or keep medical treatment their doctors prescribe because of reforms to workers' comp laws.


California Auditing Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide

Monday, March 16, 2015

After a NPR/ProPublica investigation of state changes in workers' compensation laws, the California labor department says it will review the case of paralyzed worker Joel Ramirez.


Feds Add Coal-Dust Coverup Allegation To Mine CEO's Indictment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Six weeks before trial, the government accused Don Blankenship of hiding the true levels of breathable coal dust in a West Virginia mine that later exploded. He already faced conspiracy charges.


As Workers' Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price

Friday, March 06, 2015

Injured workers who are dependent on workers' compensation have faced eroding benefits. We go to Alabama and Georgia, where the value of an amputated arm is $700,000 more just across the state line.


U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Dozens of news organizations, including NPR, appealed after a judge issued the gag order in a criminal case involving ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.


'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.


Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.


Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.

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Regulators Take Action Against Delinquent Mines

Monday, January 12, 2015

In reaction to an NPR/MSHN investigation, federal regulators, a member of Congress and others are considering ways to crack down on mining companies that fail to pay delinquent mine safety penalties.