Cannabis Not a Safe Alternative to Opioids, Panel Says

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A panel of experts at the annual Disability Management Employer Coalition Inc. conference discussed the value of cannabis as a “safer” alternative to opioids last week. The consensus among participants: Cannabis poses more risks than rewards for employers and employees alike. And while that opinion certainly isn’t shared by everyone in the field (even the […]

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Al Noga, Former NFL Linebacker, Loses Workers Comp

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The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled last week that former Minnesota Vikings lineman Al Noga was not entitled to workers compensation, reversing a decision by the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals. Noga’s lawyers claimed his dementia diagnosis was the result of repeated head injuries sustained while he played for the NFL, and after a long, drawn-out […]

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Register Now for the Annual NAWBO Business Conference

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The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is holding its annual Women’s Business Conference this fall. The meeting is open to members and non-members and will feature exciting keynote speakers, networking activities, breakout sessions, and exhibitors from across the United States. The conference will open at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, October 13 with Total Body […]

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Avoid Injuries From Small Domestic Animals at Work

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Everyone knows that some animals are dangerous (think sharks, alligators, jellyfish and bears). But the truth is these predators are pretty much isolated from most human contact. Unless you venture into their territory, there’s a very small likelihood you’ll be attacked. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with small, domestic animals. In fact, thousands of […]

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GOP Points to Flaws in New York’s MWBE Law

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Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an expansion of New York State’s MWBE program, a move that won praise from both sides of the political aisle. But despite widespread approval, some legislators are complaining that the law has some significant flaws, and implementation is far from ideal.  One such critic is GOP Assemblyman […]

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New York Farmworkers Get Workers Compensation Protection

On Wednesday, July 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation granting workers compensation to farmworkers in the state. The bill adds a number of additional protections under New York Department of Labor rules, including collective bargaining rights, family medical leave and mandatory time off. Cuomo called the bill “a great achievement” during the signing […]

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MEDA Million Dollar Challenge Announces 22 Semi- Finalists

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The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) just announced the 22 semi-finalists for its 2019 Million Dollar Challenge, which will be held on July 31, 2019. The 22 start-ups will be competing for a share of $1 million in financing, which will be split between four finalists. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony following […]

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New York’s MWBE Program Overhaul Approved by the Legislature

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Late last month, the New York State Legislature voted to approve changes to the state’s MWBE program, expanding opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. Sponsored by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, who chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, the legislation won praise from Speaker Carl Heastie, and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Michele […]

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