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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.

Pleading the Fifth on immigration status no bar to workers comp benefits in Pa.

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 23, 2014 - 1:00pm CST

A Pennsylvania employer should not have stopped payment of workers compensation benefits to an employee who declined to testify about his immigration status during a hearing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

Judge wants grocery chain held in contempt for ignoring disability bias decree

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 17, 2014 - 1:14pm CST

A judge has recommended that the Supervalu Inc. supermarket chain be held in contempt of court and sanctioned for violating a court decree entered to resolve an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against the firm.

BROKER BEAT: Bankers Insurance L.L.C.

Published July 15, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Business Insurance Senior Editor Rodd Zolkos speaks with Mike Hedden, senior vice president and director of operations for Bankers Insurance L.L.C., about issues currently affecting the bank-owned agency and brokerage firm.

Travelers sues NFL, insurers over former players' prescription drug lawsuit

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 14, 2014 - 12:11pm CST

Travelers Cos. Inc. is suing the National Football League and more than two dozen other insurers in New York state court, saying it has no obligation to defend the NFL in a prescription drug-related lawsuit filed by more than 500 former players.

WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

Published July 10, 2014 - 3:29pm CST

(Reuters) — A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Employee targeted for murder by co-worker's husband due comp benefits for PTSD

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 08, 2014 - 11:24am CST

A supermarket employee is entitled to workers compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder that was exacerbated as a result of being targeted for murder by a co-worker's husband.

Health system settles disability suit over leave policy for $1.35M

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 01, 2014 - 12:28pm CST

A New Jersey health care system has agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its fixed leave policy.

Revised NFL concussion suit settlement uncaps funds for injured players

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 25, 2014 - 3:37pm CST

The National Football League and lawyers representing former players who sued the league after suffering concussions during their careers announced a revised settlement offer Wednesday.

Federal appeals court disability leave ruling conflicts with EEOC stance

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 22, 2014 - 6:00am CST

A federal appeals court ruling that allows employers to set rigid disability leave guidelines is the first to bump directly against a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission campaign that promotes more flexible policies for injured or ill workers.

Major EEOC disability leave settlements

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 22, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached several settlements with employers over disability leave policies that allegedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among them are:

Labor Department to extend FMLA benefits to all same-sex married couples

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 20, 2014 - 2:09pm CST

Married same-sex couples nationwide will soon have access to emergency leave benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Employer to pay $40K for rescinding job offers to two women in their 70s

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 19, 2014 - 9:30am CST

An Atlanta organization that provides employment opportunities for disabled individuals will pay $40,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which it was charged with withdrawing two job offers once it learned applicants' ages.

FirstComp's small-business owner policy targets Hawaii market

By: Kate Shepherd

Published May 28, 2014 - 4:35pm CST

FirstComp has launched a new small-business owner policy in Hawaii, FirstComp EssentialBOP.

Washington state’s workers comp medical network doubles since 2013

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 22, 2014 - 3:36pm CST

A medical provider network developed by the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries for injured workers has more than doubled in size since it went live in 2013, the department said Wednesday.

Health joining safety as strategy for managing workers comp claims

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 20, 2014 - 10:33am CST

DALLAS — Pre-existing health conditions, such as obesity, continue to drive workers compensation claims, and health management programs are critical in managing such conditions.

Mid-market companies managing risk more like big firms: Analysis

By: Matt Dunning

Published May 14, 2014 - 11:53am CST

Mid-market companies' risk mitigation strategies are beginning to equal — and in a few cases, outclass — strategies used by their larger counterparts, according to an analysis by The Travelers Cos. Inc.

Asbestos bankruptcy trust transparency bill introduced in Senate

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published May 13, 2014 - 12:39pm CST

A bill designed to enhance transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trusts has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Disability claims for obesity, skin cancer 'skyrocketing': Cigna

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 09, 2014 - 1:00pm CST

There have been “skyrocketing increases” in obesity and skin cancer claims over the past two decades, according to a study by Cigna Corp.

Workers comp fee schedules don't guarantee savings: Study

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published April 29, 2014 - 3:16pm CST

Workers compensation physician fee schedules can help control costs, but a higher maximum reimbursable amount might lead providers to charge more for workers comp services than patients covered by group health plans.

Lawyer who represented workers appointed EEOC vice chair

By: Judy Greenwald

Published April 29, 2014 - 1:00pm CST

President Obama has appointed attorney Jenny R. Yang as vice chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Group home caregiver's age bias case reinstated on appeal

By: Judy Greenwald

Published April 28, 2014 - 3:24pm CST

An appeals court has reinstated an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a group home's caregiver, who contended a younger employee was treated more leniently in a case involving reporting of physical and sexual abuse against a disabled resident at their place of employment.

2013 disability premiums up 2%: Survey

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published April 28, 2014 - 2:37pm CST

In-force long-term and short-term disability premiums increased 2% in 2013 compared with 2012 — totaling nearly $14.1 billion — while sales premiums reached almost $2.4 billion, according to a new survey.

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.

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