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Legislators Ignore Facts and Snuff Out Smoking Reforms Yet Again

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * Despite this being a budget year, legislators could not be convinced to raise the cigarette tax. Nor could they be swayed to increase the legal age to 21 on tobacco products, contrary to the pre-session remarks by legislative leaders. Not [...]

2019-05-15T11:32:19-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits on E-Cigarettes, Mandates, Occupational Safety and Health Fine, Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Senate Bill 162 (Chronic Pain Management), authored by Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), was amended on second reading this week to better define chronic pain. While it’s not what we would call a good bill, it has been changed to where it is about as good as we are going to get it (it’s still a mandate, however, which we [...]

2019-04-12T14:25:18-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Seems Dead; E-Cigarette Tax and Wage Assignment Bills on Hold; Substance Misuse Program Follow-up

House Bill 1182 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), achieved final passage this week with a successful concurrence vote along party lines, 65-29. This Chamber-supported bill does two important things: 1) clarifies who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters (it’s not employers but the fire department); and 2) increases the burial amount an employer must [...]

2019-04-05T13:02:01-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Quick Hits: E-Cigarette Taxation, Wage Assignment, OSHA Fines and Chamber-Initiated Improvement to Substance Abuse Guidelines in Workplace

House Bill 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The Chamber went on record in testimony supporting taxing e-liquids on par with tobacco products. No vote was taken and at least one amendment is expected next week on this bill, which is still viewed as a [...]

2019-03-29T14:32:53-04:00March 29th, 2019|

BizVoiceExtra: Opioids: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Jason Pieper sees the impact of the opioid crisis from multiple angles. He works in the Corporate Care division (health and safety on the shop floor, as well as on-site clinic operations) at Jasper Engines & Transmissions, serves on a local hospital advisory board and is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer. And while the impact numbers are [...]

2019-03-05T12:44:52-04:00March 5th, 2019|

Free Employer Opioid Strategy Sessions Around the State

The Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative has a series of free strategy events taking place throughout the state over the next few months in its efforts to combat substance use disorder in the workplace. Indiana Workforce Recovery is a joint partnership among the Wellness Council of Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration; it was established one [...]

2019-02-01T13:47:25-04:00February 1st, 2019|

Chamber Encourages Employers to Participate in Crucial Survey on Substance Use in the Workplace

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber, Wellness Council of Indiana and state officials are encouraging employers of all sizes and types of business to take the anonymous Indiana Workplace Substance Use & Recovery Survey. The online survey will assess business perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and current practices related to substance abuse and prevention in the workplace. In February, the Indiana Chamber and [...]

2018-11-08T09:25:12-04:00November 8th, 2018|

Now Open: Important Chamber Survey on Substance Misuse in Workplace

The Indiana Workplace Substance Use & Recovery Survey is underway, and we urge you to take the time to complete it. The online survey will assess business perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and current practices as they relate to addressing and preventing substance abuse in the workplace. In February, the Indiana Chamber and the Wellness Council of Indiana announced Indiana Workforce [...]

2018-11-07T00:13:51-04:00November 7th, 2018|

Fly-in Brings Voice of Business to D.C.; Highlights Include McConnell and Trade/Tariff Talk

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses our Fly-in audience as Sen. Todd Young awaits his time at the podium. The Indiana Chamber’s annual trip to Washington coincided with all eyes on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving the Supreme Court nominee. On Wednesday night at the dinner portion of our event, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [...]

2018-09-28T13:36:18-04:00September 28th, 2018|

Focus on Mental Health, Opioid Impact at 2018 Indiana Health & Wellness Summit September 6-7

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Mental health and the impact of the opioid epidemic on the workforce augment a robust lineup of educational breakout sessions at the upcoming 2018 Indiana Health & Wellness Summit on September 6-7 in downtown Indianapolis. The two-day summit is one of the largest annual gatherings of wellness professionals in the state and is a partnership between the Indiana [...]

2018-07-26T10:08:46-04:00July 26th, 2018|