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Cyber security incident reports increased 48% this year

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 30, 2014 - 2:30pm CST

The number of cyber security incidents has increased 48% this year, to 42.8 million, or the equivalent of 177,339 incoming attackers per day, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. survey released Tuesday.

Real estate firm Essex Property reports data breach

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 30, 2014 - 1:50pm CST

Essex Property Trust Inc., a Palo Alto, California-based real estate investment trust, said that certain of its computer networks containing personal and proprietary information have been breached.

Illinois workers not required to give notice before seeking treatment: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 29, 2014 - 1:09pm CST

Courts rule that Illinois employers can't require workers to provide notice prior to seeking medical treatment for workplace injuries.

COMMENTARY: Businesses need permission to retaliate against hackers

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

As I opened yet another email last week warning me that my credit card information may have been compromised since recently shopping at some big-name retailer, I have come to the conclusion that it's virtually impossible for any business to guard against Internet intruders.

U.S. public pension gap at least $2 trillion: Moody's

Published September 26, 2014 - 2:02pm CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. public pension gap has tripled to at least $2 trillion in less than a decade, Moody's Investors Service Inc. said in a report Thursday.

EEOC sues two employers over fired transgender employees

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 25, 2014 - 3:29pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Thursday it has filed gender discrimination lawsuits in Michigan and Florida against employers it says discriminated against transgender employees.

NCCI recommends Kansas workers comp rate cut of 10.4% in 2015

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 25, 2014 - 2:27pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 10.4% decrease in Kansas workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

Hospitals' uncompensated care will drop $5.7 billion this year: HHS

By: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published September 25, 2014 - 10:03am CST

The Obama administration has a new projection of the benefit hospitals will enjoy this year as they provide less care that no one pays for: $5.7 billion. Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid are getting most of it.

Restaurant chain Jimmy John's reports data breach at 216 stores

Published September 24, 2014 - 4:50pm CST

(Reuters) — Sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John's said there was a potential security breach involving customers' credit and debit card data at 216 of its stores and franchised locations this summer.

House approves bill defining full-time employees as those working 40 hours

By: Jerry Geisel

Published September 19, 2014 - 3:24pm CST

For the second time this year, the House of Representatives approved legislation to ease the health care reform law's definition of a full-time employee by changing it to those working an average of at least 40 hours per week.

ACA's medical outcomes research fee to increase

By: Jerry Geisel

Published September 19, 2014 - 12:47pm CST

A medical outcomes research fee mandated by the health care reform law and paid by self-funded employers and insurers is going up slightly.

Mid-market companies plan to increase data security spending: Survey

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published September 19, 2014 - 7:46am CST

Recent data breaches involving high-profile companies such as Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. are having an effect on how much middle-market companies spend on data security.

Employers support same-sex marriage for Texas, other southern states

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 18, 2014 - 3:17pm CST

A group of employers has urged a judicial panel in New Orleans to uphold same-sex couples' right to legally marry in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Unintended disclosure, paper records loss most common data breaches: Study

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 18, 2014 - 1:30pm CST

A study of more than 1,500 data breaches in 2013 and 2014 by a unit of Beazley P.L.C. reveals that the two most common sources of breaches are unintended disclosure and the physical loss of paper records.

Hospital, food producer charged with pregnancy discrimination by EEOC

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 18, 2014 - 11:49am CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Chicago hospital and a Washington state organic fruit producer on charges of pregnancy discrimination.