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OSHA cites organic food company after employee loses fingertips

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published May 19, 2016 - 10:25am CST

A U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian organic food company has been cited and is facing $118,320 in proposed penalties from U.S. workplace safety regulators after a 30-year-old employee’s three fingertips were amputated.

Contrasting EEOC rules dial up the complexity of wellness incentive regulations

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 15, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Complying with often-conflicting laws that govern wellness programs can be a source of frustration for employers, benefits experts say.

Lowe's settles claims it fired workers on medical leave

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 13, 2016 - 1:53pm CST

(Reuters) — Lowe's Cos. has reached an $8.6 million settlement of a U.S. agency lawsuit accusing the nation's second-largest home improvement retailer of illegally firing workers who went on medical leave for a long time.

Maritime worker's long-time knee injury not deemed temporary disability

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 13, 2016 - 12:18pm CST

A maritime worker who injured his knee nearly 30 years ago can't be classified as temporarily disabled despite the prospect of surgery, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled.

Marsh claims platform integrates disability guidelines for workers comp

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published May 10, 2016 - 2:09pm CST

Marsh ClearSight said the update can identify potential high-severity claims through predictive analytics.

EEOC document targets employer roadblocks to disability leave

By: Judy Greenwald

Published May 09, 2016 - 2:04pm CST

The EEOC says it's responding to a “troubling trend” of employer policies that deny or unlawfully restrict the use of disability leave.

Rescinded job offer at heart of ruling

By: Judy Greenwald

Published May 08, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Melvin A. Morriss III applied for a machinist job with Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. in March 2011 and was offered employment contingent on a satisfactory medical review, according to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Employers urged to tread lightly on obesity

By: Judy Greenwald

Published May 08, 2016 - 12:01am CST

A ruling says an obese job applicant is not entitled to protection under disability laws, but the legal landscape remains unsettled.

Support grows for view that PTSD work-related for first responders

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published May 08, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Public employers are establishing or considering presumptions that post-traumatic stress disorder is work-related for first responders.

Disability claims for joint, musculoskeletal issues on the rise

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published May 05, 2016 - 12:56pm CST

Disability claims for joint disorders and musculoskeletal issues have increased significantly over the past 10 years in the United States, according to an annual review of Unum Group’s claims experience released Thursday.

Ruling allowing disability payments after return to work could boost rates

By: Donna Mahoney

Published May 02, 2016 - 1:24pm CST

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling in April that deemed it unconstitutional for employers to suspend workers compensation benefits for employees who went back to work after experiencing a work injury could make workers comp rates increase.

Employers can take steps to improve employee cancer treatment

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 28, 2016 - 1:53pm CST

The New York-based Northeast Business Group on Health this week released a report that aims to help employers navigate the costly realm of employee cancer care, while also ensuring employees with a cancer diagnosis receive quality care.

Worker in his 90s with asbestosis denied total disability benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published April 18, 2016 - 2:21pm CST

The man was denied workers comp benefits after Ohio courts ruled that he was still able to work despite his health condition.

Disability benefit ruling could mark the start of workers comp reform challenges

By: Donna Mahoney

Published April 14, 2016 - 12:37pm CST

An Oklahoma Supreme Court decision could portend more rulings that would alter the state's recent workers comp reforms.

Court upholds workers comp benefits for delivery driver diagnosed with PTSD

By: Donna Mahoney

Published April 14, 2016 - 12:02pm CST

A FedEx Corp. driver said a new manager's demands and the stress of a difficult day drove his post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.

Court strikes down deferred disability benefits for injured workers

By: Donna Mahoney

Published April 13, 2016 - 2:43pm CST

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that deferring workers comp benefits for some injured employees is unconstitutional.

Onsite disability management targets faster recovery, smoother return to work

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published April 13, 2016 - 12:53pm CST

Unum Group will offer help from nurses and other medical professionals to aid workers before and after disability leave.

Firm did not violate federal disability law by not hiring obese worker

By: Donna Mahoney

Published April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm CST

An employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rescinded a job offer to a man considered too obese for work.

Insurance covers pro athletes

Published April 10, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Insurance policies can help professional football players protect their contract income if they're injured on the field.

Employee family matters expected to take center stage

By: Terri L. Rhodes

Published April 10, 2016 - 12:01am CST

It's a heady time for disability and absence managers with growing emphasis on cost containment through well-being initiatives and a focus on new regulations and their implications. Terri L. Rhodes, CEO of the Disability Management Employer Coalition, discusses these trends and opportunities.

Appeals court favors woman's post-hysterectomy disability claim

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 07, 2016 - 3:09pm CST

The estate of a woman who was denied disability benefits after a hysterectomy may be entitled to those benefits, a federal court ruled.

Worker's stepson may be due death benefits after widow dies

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 25, 2016 - 1:17pm CST

A Tennessee employer could still be liable for workers compensation payments to a late worker's estate.

Gas utility can use captive insurer to fund life and disability risks

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 21, 2016 - 1:04pm CST

Laclede Gas Co. Friday received final authorization from the U.S. Department of Labor to use its South Carolina captive insurer to fund life insurance and long-term disability risks.

OSHA says injury report tally falls short in first year of revised rule

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published March 18, 2016 - 9:14am CST

Employers reported 2,000 fewer injuries than the agency expected to see in 2015.

Ergonomics benefit employers and employees

Published March 13, 2016 - 12:01am CST

When work spaces and jobs are designed to fit the capabilities and needs of workers, both employers and employees stand to gain.

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