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Linking wellness to disability lowers costs, gets workers back on the job faster

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 16, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Some employers are linking wellness and health coaching to their long-term disability plans to reduce premium costs and help employees return to work faster.

Cancer, musculoskeletal injuries are biggest cost drivers for disability plans

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 16, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Cancer and mental health conditions are the fastest-growing conditions affecting disability insurance costs, while musculoskeletal conditions and cancer are the biggest cost drivers for such plans, according to a report released earlier this month by Mercer L.L.C.

Most employers link management of disability claims and employee leave programs

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 16, 2014 - 6:00am CST

While linking disability programs to wellness and health coaching programs is in its infancy among employers, integrating the administration of disability claims with other employee leave programs, such as the Family Medical Leave Act and workers compensation, is well underway.

2014 Innovation Awards: viaOne® Express Mobile App and Push Technology

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published March 16, 2014 - 6:00am CST

By enabling employees who receive workers compensation, disability or leave benefits to keep tabs on their claims via the Internet or their smartphones, Sedgwick's viaOne® Express Mobile App and Push Technology aims to eliminate some frustration that leads injured workers to seek legal representation.

Interest in using captives to insure medical stop-loss coverage growing

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published March 11, 2014 - 3:09pm CST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The use of captives to insure stop-loss coverage for self-funded health benefits was the largest area of employee benefits interest among the participants in the “14th annual Captive Insurance Market Study."

Trucker due PTD benefits from parking lot fall: Iowa high court

Published March 11, 2014 - 2:46pm CST

An Iowa trucker who slipped and fell in his employer's parking lot should receive permanent total disability workers compensation benefits, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled.

Guarantee Insurance expands into Texas

By: Kate Shepherd

Published February 10, 2014 - 2:36pm CST

Workers compensation insurer Guarantee Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Patriot National Insurance Group Inc., is expanding into Texas, the company said Monday.

Public safety officer due workers comp benefit for post-Katrina PTSD

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 05, 2014 - 2:45pm CST

A Mississippi public safety officer should receive workers compensation benefits for the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered after aiding in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, a Mississippi appellate court has ruled.

Expect rise in EEOC anti-discrimination litigation in 2014: Commissioner

By: Matt Dunning

Published January 27, 2014 - 2:46pm CST

NEW YORK — Companies should expect the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement of federal anti-discrimination regulations to become increasingly “aggressive” in the coming year.

Severe temporary impairment is a disability, first ruling on issue says

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 24, 2014 - 2:58pm CST

In the first appeals court ruling to deal with the issue, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., has ruled that a sufficiently severe temporary impairment may be considered a disability under federal law and require accommodation by an employer.

EEOC focuses on systemic discrimination: Analysis

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 23, 2014 - 2:33pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission continues to file substantially fewer individual lawsuits as it focuses on cases that involve systemic discrimination, law firm Littler Mendelson P.C. said in an analysis.

EEOC sues nursing home operator for not hiring deaf applicant

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 22, 2014 - 2:46pm CST

A nursing home operator is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly refusing to hire a deaf applicant.

Mexican firm must repay Arizona for workers comp benefits: Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 17, 2014 - 2:22pm CST

A Mexican transportation company must repay Arizona for workers compensation benefits paid to a truck driver who was injured in the state, even though the worker's injuries were partially covered by Mexico's social security agency, an Arizona appellate court ruled.

Drugstore not obligated to accommodate disabled pharmacist: Court

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 15, 2014 - 1:23pm CST

A disabled drugstore pharmacist's requested accommodation was unreasonable, says an appellate court, in upholding dismissal of a disabilities discrimination lawsuit.

$765M to settle NFL concussion suits not enough to cover claims: Judge

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 14, 2014 - 2:46pm CST

A federal judge has rejected preliminary approval of the National Football League's $765 million settlement of concussion-related liability claims, saying the amount seems inadequate.

EEOC may have to pay attorney fees in disability discrimination case

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 10, 2014 - 3:57pm CST

A federal district court magistrate judge has ruled that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may have to pay unspecified attorney fees in connection with the alleged destruction of evidence in a disability discrimination case.

American Financial to buy workers comp insurer Summit

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 09, 2014 - 11:28am CST

Cincinnati-based American Financial Group Inc. has agreed to acquire workers compensation insurer Summit Holdings Southeast Inc. from Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc. for $250 million, AFG said Thursday.

Worker sued employer too late for lapse in workers comp policy: Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 08, 2014 - 1:55pm CST

A Missouri truck driver cannot sue his employer for letting its workers compensation insurance policy lapse because he filed his claim too late, a federal appeals court has ruled.

OFF BEAT: Insurer must defend Donkey Ball injury claims

Published January 02, 2014 - 3:38pm CST

An insurer must defend bodily injury claims filed by two players tossed off their donkeys during a “donkey basketball game” because the event is not technically a sport or athletic activity that would be excluded under the organizer's liability coverage, a federal judge has ruled.

Workers compensation insurance pricing still rising in California

By: Matt Dunning

Published December 18, 2013 - 2:35pm CST

Pricing for workers compensation insurance continued to harden in California during the first half of 2013, according to a report published Wednesday by SNL Financial L.C.

Business Insurance IN FOCUS Video: Medical Marijuana in Workers Compensation

Published December 17, 2013 - 6:00am CST

Business Insurance's latest weekly video examines how the legalization of medical marijuana in many states could affect workers compensation professionals.

Resolution of workers comp claim does not prevent related negligence suit

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 11, 2013 - 2:22pm CST

The resolution of a New York man's workers compensation claim does not prevent his related negligence lawsuit from moving forward because, though the arguments presented in each case are similar, they are not identical.

EEOC settles disability charges against grocery chain for $25,000

By: Judy Greenwald

Published December 05, 2013 - 2:02pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a $25,000 settlement in a disability discrimination lawsuit it filed against a grocery store chain charging the company with illegally asking applicants for health information and terminating a worker who had suffered an epileptic seizure.

Former NHL players sue over concussion-related injuries

By: Rodd Zolkos

Published November 26, 2013 - 12:38pm CST

Ten former National Hockey League players have filed a class action lawsuit alleging the league and its board of governors have not done enough to protect players from concussions.

Missouri workers comp law misapplied: State Supreme Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 14, 2013 - 3:31pm CST

The Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission misapplied state workers compensation law when it stacked disability ratings and ordered the Missouri Second Injury Fund to pay benefits in four separate comp cases, the state Supreme Court said in an en banc decision Tuesday.

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