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An employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rescinded a job offer to a man considered too obese for work.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

Manufacturer faces Labor lawsuit over employee retaliation

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published March 11, 2016 - 12:53pm CST

Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania-based Lloyd Industries fired three employees who filed safety complaints and cooperated with OSHA, including one who suffered finger amputations.

Recession reduces workers comp reforms' wage replacement

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 07, 2016 - 2:13pm CST

California's 2013 workers compensation reforms may have raised benefit levels for injured workers, but the impact was tempered by increased wage losses.

Catholic health system agrees to improve ADA compliance

By: Judy Greenwald

Published March 04, 2016 - 12:49pm CST

Presence Health, a Chicago-based Catholic health care system, has agreed to pay $500,000 to conciliate employees' disability complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said.

On- and off-the-job vehicle crashes costly to employers

By: Judy Greenwald

Published March 04, 2016 - 11:30am CST

Even off-the-job motor vehicle accidents are costly to employers, with on- and off-the-job accidents costing organizations $47.4 billion in 2013, according to a Department of Transportation-funded report.

AT&T settles EEOC suit over visually impaired worker

By: Judy Greenwald

Published March 03, 2016 - 1:57pm CST

AT&T Inc. has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit for allegedly failing to accommodate a visually impaired employee in Puerto Rico, the agency said.

Longer Medicare set-aside waits seen as new contractor sought

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 03, 2016 - 11:23am CST

Provider Resources Inc. has been reviewing Medicare set-aside agreements since 2012, but now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is fishing for a better deal.

Wellness efforts evolving to include behavioral health

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 24, 2016 - 12:47pm CST

Happy, well-adjusted workers are healthier and more productive — which is why more employers are seeing the value of mental health initiatives.

Medical partnership to provide care for worker amputees

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 24, 2016 - 10:24am CST

Washington state workers whose limbs are amputated as the result of jobsite injuries will be able to receive specialized care under a new arrangement established by the state's monopoly workers compensation insurer.

EEOC proposes federal agency employment targets for the disabled

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 23, 2016 - 2:25pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking Tuesday that reaffirms the government's commitment to achieve a 12% representation employment rate for individuals with disabilities, and a 2% representation rate for individuals with “targeted/severe” disabilities for its employees.

Employers focus on physical, mental issues' effect on performance

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 16, 2016 - 1:59pm CST

Looking at health as a value rather than as a return on investment is helping many top U.S. employers find more success with wellness programs.

Gas utility company gets tentative OK to fund benefits through captive

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 12, 2016 - 11:17am CST

Under the proposal by Laclede Gas Co., its captive insurer would be used to fund life insurance and long-term disability coverages.

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