CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1995 |
Stick a spider plant on your desk, perch a peace lily on your computer, hang a golden pothos by your window, and horticulturist Paul Needleman believes you'll soon be breathing easier. "Plants take the crap we can't handle out of the air and turn it into food," he explains earnestly. From his Burbank warehouse, Needleman pushes this philosophy as he peddles plants to those who run industrial factories and corporate beehives and posh hotels. It's not as easy as it sounds.
February 8, 1994 |
Employees who improve health habits can reduce their company's health care costs, according to a nine-year study at the University of Michigan. The average age of participants was 44; 75% were men. Based on habits and health, participants were classified as high risk or low risk and were offered smoking cessation, weight reduction and stress management classes.
July 28, 1997 |
Job-related injuries and illnesses are more common than most people believe, costing the nation far more than AIDS or Alzheimer's disease and at least as much as cancer or heart disease, a new report says in today's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study combined government and other data. In 1992, about 66,800 Americans died and about 14 million were hurt by or ill from work-related causes, said the group, led by J. Paul Leigh of Cal State San Jose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1991 |
State health officials said Thursday that $341,000 the federal government recently allocated for a worker health study at Rockwell International's Santa Susana Field Laboratory west of Chatsworth is insufficient to do the long-awaited report.
June 30, 1988 |
A panel of health and employment experts concluded Wednesday that most workers do not risk getting AIDS at work, and it advised companies against screening current or prospective employees for AIDS or the HIV virus. The 36-member panel, meeting under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization, also recommended that workers suffering from AIDS or those infected with the AIDS virus be given the same access to health benefits as other workers.
May 21, 1989 |
Each year, thousands of Californians injured on the job learn that, except under the rarest of circumstances, they cannot sue their employers, even if they believe that their injuries are their employers' fault. Injured employees are entitled only to benefits under a no-fault system called workers compensation. This system began 75 years ago when employees traded their right to sue--and perhaps lose--for modest, but sure benefits. These include free medical care, now up to $224 a week in lost wages, and small sums to compensate for permanent physical losses: $840, for instance, for the loss of a finger; $13,000 for the loss of an eye. Since 1975, injured workers unable to return to their old jobs have also been entitled to free retraining.
May 5, 1998 |
Pediatric nurse Kimberly Reno said she was fired from a job after her supervisors learned that she had cancer. What was worse, Reno's attorneys say, was a judge ruling that California law prevented her from suing the two bosses for discrimination. Today, the California Supreme Court in San Francisco will hear oral arguments in Reno's case and attempt to resolve a question: Can supervisors be held personally liable if they discriminate in the workplace?
May 27, 1988 |
As he groped for a way to take charge of the drug issue, Vice President George Bush on Thursday ran into Eric Dillingham. "The streets are flooded with heroin--high, high quality," Dillingham, 30, told Bush inside the Newark drug rehabilitation center where he received treatment. "There's so much drugs, it's so available, it's so good and it just grabs you. "It is creating a whole new generation of drug addicts," Dillingham said.
October 17, 1989 |
Doug Watson was making good time on his morning commute. His bright red Subaru slipped its way like a speeding toboggan down the twisting mountain roads near his Lake Arrowhead home. But after Watson descended into the San Bernardino flatlands, the brilliant Alpine sunshine gave way to a dishwater-colored haze and a traffic jam on the transition to southbound Interstate 215. "The pretty part is over," the 49-year-old Los Angeles police captain said. He was right.
April 19, 2001 |
Labor Secretary Elaine Chao confirmed that her agency will oversee a new compensation program for sick Cold War-era nuclear weapon workers but said Wednesday that it will not meet a congressional deadline to accept applications. Chao had wanted to shift control of the program to the Justice Department, which she said was better suited to oversee it.