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State Employer Opioid and Addiction Strategy Series Goes Virtual

(INDIANAPOLIS) — More than 200,000 employed Hoosiers are actively struggling with addiction. Businesses statewide have the opportunity to learn how to assist and retain valuable employees and learn prevention methods by virtually attending free meetings this spring. The first priority for the Wellness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is the safety of employees, members and investors. [...]

2020-03-24T14:50:30-04:00March 24th, 2020|

Free Statewide Employer Strategy Series on Addiction Continues in March, April

(INDIANAPOLIS) — More than 200,000 employed Hoosiers are currently struggling with addiction. Businesses across the state have an opportunity to help their employees address the problem and learn prevention methods by attending free meetings set for March and April. Indiana Workforce Recovery, which is putting on these educational events, is a joint initiative created in collaboration with the Wellness [...]

2020-03-10T10:52:15-04:00February 28th, 2020|

Governor Holcomb Named the 2019 Bayh-Lugar Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Governor Eric Holcomb has been selected the 2019 Birch Bayh-Richard Lugar Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for his Next Level agenda – in particular his focus on the opioid epidemic and its impact on community, families and the workforce. “Substance misuse has hit Indiana hard and the Governor has responded with [...]

2019-09-17T12:44:45-04:00September 17th, 2019|

BizVoice Extra: Bowen Center Connects Drug Misuse and Mental Health

People suffering from drug addiction often feel isolated and helpless. The same can be said for those with mental health disorders. Increasingly, the medical community is looking at the ties between them to assist with recovery. The July-August issue of BizVoice® magazine features several stories as part of the Indiana Workforce Recovery series. One explores how the Bowen Center, [...]

2019-09-05T16:11:17-04:00August 19th, 2019|

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 [...]

2019-03-05T12:44:52-05:00March 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 [...]

2019-02-01T13:47:25-05:00February 1st, 2019|