Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes appears in the following:

Lawmakers Seek Better Count Of Advanced Black Lung Disease Cases

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In response to an NPR investigation that shows 10 times the number of cases as currently reported, members of Congress are asking three federal agencies to work together to obtain an accurate count.


Spike In Black Lung Cases Strains Federal Benefits Program

Friday, December 16, 2016

NPR looks at the causes of a dramatic spike in the most serious stage of the coal miners' disease. The spike also could stress the federal black lung benefits program, which is already struggling.


Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

Thursday, December 15, 2016

An NPR investigation has documented dramatic spikes in complicated black lung, the most serious stage of the deadly coal miners' disease.


Billionaire Gubernatorial Candidate Owes $15 Million In Taxes And Fines

Friday, October 07, 2016

Two years after an NPR investigation showed mines owned by Jim Justice failed to pay safety penalties, a new analysis shows he is the nation's top mine safety delinquent and owes millions.


Labor Report Urges Study Of A Federal Role In State Workers' Comp Laws

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Department of Labor is calling for an "exploration" of federal oversight of state workers' compensation laws because of "inadequacies of the system," leaving workers with "limited benefits."


Investigators Shift Focus To Dallas Police Shooter's Military Service

Friday, July 15, 2016

As funerals continue for the five police officers killed in Dallas last week, investigators are focused on shooter Micah Xavier Johnson and his military service.


'Darker Possibility' For Workers When Employers Opt Out of Workers' Comp

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The first independent assessment of an emerging alternative to state programs found that injured workers face "inherent conflict of interest," barriers to benefits, and "unequal treatment."


Injured Employee Featured In Workers' Comp Investigation Settles Her Case

Thursday, April 14, 2016

When Rachel Jenkins was denied benefits for an on-the-job injury, her case was cited as a failure of a controversial alternative to state workers' compensation. Now, she and her employer have settled.


Labor Secretary Calls Workers' Comp Opt-Out Plans A 'Pathway To Poverty'

Friday, March 25, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has begun investigating whether alternative plans to state workers' comp benefits are unfair to injured workers and violate federal law.


Challenger Engineer Who Warned Of Shuttle Disaster Dies

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bob Ebeling was one of five booster rocket engineers at a NASA contractor who tried to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded 73 seconds into its flight. He was 89.


Oklahoma Commission Declares Workers' Comp Alternative Unconstitutional

Monday, February 29, 2016

An Oklahoma law that lets employers opt out of state-regulated workers' compensation has been rejected and declared unconstitutional by state regulators.

The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission called the alternative workplace-benefit plans that some employers adopted under the law "a water mirage on the highway that disappears upon closer inspection."



Your Letters Helped Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt

Thursday, February 25, 2016

After NPR reported Bob Ebeling's story on the anniversary of the Challenger explosion, hundreds of people responded. Ebeling, now 89, says those letters "helped bring my worrisome mind to ease."


30 Years After Explosion, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bob Ebeling, an anonymous source for NPR's 1986 report on the disaster, tells NPR that despite warning NASA of troubles before the launch, he believes God "shouldn't have picked me for that job."


Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers' Comp

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Companies that opt out of state workers' comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure that injured workers get justice. An NPR investigation found that may not be true.


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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Updated 7:30 p.m. ET with Kline comment

Ten ranking Democrats on key Senate and House committees are urging the Labor Department to respond to a "pattern of detrimental changes in state workers' compensation laws" that have reduced protections and benefits for injured workers over the past decade.

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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

In 1998, the year that Sepp Blatter took the helm at FIFA, the world soccer governing body, the International Olympic Committee became ensnared in its worst ethics crisis ever. As with FIFA, there were allegations of bribery, influence-peddling and corruption among IOC members and the shadowy "agents" who helped cities ...


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.