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Ramirez-2bAn Investigation by ProPublica and NPR earlier this month detailed how states across the nation have been dismantling their workers’ compensation systems, with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year.

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Expect. Employ. Empower.

2014PosterEnglishFrontHeld each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

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success-storyThough there is “bad press” wherever you go regarding worker's compensation, as a vocational rehabilitation counselor I believe that I have the best clients, ever. Injured work come to vocational rehabilitation counselors in hope to find help, a possible job, some training if possible and a chance for a new start. I wanted to tell you about one of our clients who shall be named Ms. M. She came as a hand injured worker who no longer could work in the busy world of food and beverage restaurant business. She had limited education but graduated from high school in the Philippines and went to classes when she came to Hawaii. Because she couldn’t lift too much anymore and chop “too much” she was asked to see Vocational Management Consultants for vocational rehabilitation services.

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Labor unions and large employers are quietly crafting the biggest reform in a decade. The system's pendulum, which swung in favor of business and insurers last time, appears to be moving toward workers.

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