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Obama order requires potential federal contractors to disclose labor violations

By: Judy Greenwald

Published August 01, 2014 - 12:47pm CST

President Obama signed an executive order Thursday that requires prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations for the past three years before they can get a contract.

SEC awards $400K to whistleblower who first tried internal resolution

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 31, 2014 - 3:35pm CST

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an award of more than $400,000 to a whistleblower who reported a fraud to the agency after the company failed to address the issue internally, the agency said Thursday.

Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns

Published July 31, 2014 - 10:35am CST

(Reuters) — USB devices such as keyboards, thumb-drives and mice can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections.

Workers comp rate decrease of 5.5% proposed for Illinois

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 31, 2014 - 9:43am CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 5.5% decrease in Illinois workers compensation advisory rates next year, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday.

House passes bills to strengthen U.S. cyber security efforts

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 30, 2014 - 3:19pm CST

The House of Representatives has approved three bipartisan bills intended to strengthen efforts to combat cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure.

Case against Boeing for firing worker with migraines can proceed

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 30, 2014 - 2:29pm CST

A federal court has refused to dismiss a Family Medical Leave Act violation claim by a Boeing Co. employee who was terminated after she attempted to take FMLA leave for her migraines, stating there is evidence the company discriminated against her.

Ship worker injured at sea due remuneration despite pre-existing condition: Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 30, 2014 - 12:48pm CST

The owner of a commercial fishing vessel must pay for lodging, food and medical expenses for a ship crew member who suffers from long-term anemia after a 2008 accident on the boat, even though his condition may have been related to his prior hepatitis C diagnosis, a federal appeals court has ruled.

OkCupid experiment may violate FTC rules on deceptive practices

Published July 30, 2014 - 11:05am CST

(Reuters) — OkCupid's disclosure that the popular dating website intentionally misled couples about their suitability could open it up to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission inquiry, according to lawyers and experts in consumer-protection law.

BROKER BEAT: Alper Services L.L.C.

Published July 29, 2014 - 5:08pm CST

Business Insurance Associate Editor Bill Kenealy speaks with David Macknin, president of Alper Services L.L.C., about issues currently affecting the Chicago-based insurance brokerage.

Same-sex partner of murdered woman due comp death benefits: Alaska high court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 29, 2014 - 3:07pm CST

The same-sex partner of a woman who was murdered while working in an Anchorage, Alaska, hotel is eligible for workers compensation death benefits, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

NCAA proposes $75M settlement of concussion lawsuits filed by college players

By: Rodd Zolkos

Published July 29, 2014 - 2:23pm CST

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday filed a proposed $75 million settlement of several consolidated class action suits brought by athletes who suffered concussions while playing college sports.

Total cost of risk for companies rises in 2013: RIMS survey

By: Bill Kenealy

Published July 28, 2014 - 2:43pm CST

The average total cost of risk for companies rose for third straight year in 2013, analysis released Monday by the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. and Advisen Ltd. finds.

EEOC sues employer for demanding health care details for worker absences

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 28, 2014 - 2:03pm CST

The EEOC has filed suit against a construction equipment supplier, charging that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by improperly demanding disability-related information from its workers.

Unpaid intern doesn't count as employee in retaliation case: Wis. high court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 24, 2014 - 12:43pm CST

An unpaid psychologist intern is not considered an employee and therefore not entitled to protections under Wisconsin's anti-retaliation law for health care workers, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Ohio workers comp bureau agrees to pay as much as $420M in settlement

By: Jay Miller, Crain’s Cleveland Business

Published July 24, 2014 - 10:16am CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has settled its long-standing legal dispute with a group of small business owners.

Hacking experts build device to protect cars from cyber attacks

Published July 23, 2014 - 10:35am CST

(Reuters) — Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks.

Florida packing plant's workers accused of workers comp fraud

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2014 - 2:51pm CST

The vast majority of workers at a Naples, Florida, produce packing plant are accused in a scheme to commit workers compensation fraud, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Tuesday.

Guide covers noncompete and trade secrets laws for all 50 states

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 22, 2014 - 2:10pm CST

Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw has released a guide to the 50 states’ noncompete and trade secrets laws.

EPIC buys Leavitt Group's Jenkins Insurance unit

By: Kate Shepherd

Published July 22, 2014 - 12:41pm CST

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center Inc., which does business as EPIC, has purchased Concord, California-based Jenkins Insurance Services Inc., a unit of Leavitt Group Enterprises Inc.

Travelers ordered to pay over $500M in asbestos case

Published July 22, 2014 - 10:22am CST

(Reuters) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Travelers Cos. should pay more than $500 million to satisfy asbestos-related claims stemming from its coverage of policyholder Johns-Manville Corp.

Alabama health system, doctors group settle whistleblower kickback case for $24.5M

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 21, 2014 - 3:54pm CST

An Alabama health system and a physicians group have reached a $24.5 million settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit, in which they were charged with violating the False Claims Act by paying or receiving kickbacks in connection with claims to the Medicare program, the Department of Justice said Monday.

OSHA cites Omaha feed company for fatal plant collapse

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 21, 2014 - 3:10pm CST

OSHA has cited an Omaha, Nebraska-based livestock feed manufacturer for multiple federal safety and health violations following a deadly partial collapse at its processing plant in January.

Zurich white paper focuses on solar panel fire, structural risks

By: Bill Kenealy

Published July 21, 2014 - 2:58pm CST

Risk managers need be aware of the variety of risks and challenges presented by the installation of photovoltaic solar panel systems on commercial buildings, Zurich North America said on Monday.

Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against gays

Published July 21, 2014 - 2:30pm CST

(Reuters) — President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Benefit costs, regulations remain top HR concerns: Gallagher survey

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 21, 2014 - 2:21pm CST

Rising health care costs and evolving regulations continue to be the top human resources challenge facing employers, and many companies are struggling to effectively meet that challenge, according to a new survey.