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Published June 10, 2016 - 9:25am CST

A look at the mental health of Swiss executives and a recent hire at JLT Re are among Business Insurance's top 10 most read features.

Florida disability benefits cap struck down in 'Westphal' case

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 09, 2016 - 2:18pm CST

A time limit on temporary comp benefits “deprives" severely injured workers "at a critical time” in their recovery, Florida's high court ruled.

Chipotle prevails in suit by worker fired over bad drug reaction

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 07, 2016 - 2:32pm CST

A restaurant worker who was fired while under the influence of anxiety medication cannot successfully charge her former employer.

RIMS sounds alarm on latest OSHA injury-reporting rules

By: Donna Mahoney

Published May 26, 2016 - 3:50pm CST

The new electronic recordkeeping rule issued by OSHA has drawn concern from the risk management community, the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. said Thursday.

FDA approves first implant to treat opioid addiction

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 26, 2016 - 2:54pm CST

The matchstick-sized implant is less susceptible to abuse or the illicit resale that plagues existing oral therapies for narcotic dependence.

Remote rehab tools could cut comp costs

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 25, 2016 - 4:33pm CST

A mix of remote and in-person physical therapy visits could lower costs for workers compensation payers while delivering the same results to injured workers as traditional care.

OSHA cites organic food company after employee loses fingertips

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published May 19, 2016 - 10:25am CST

U.S. subsidiary of Canada's Nature's Path Foods faces $118,000 in proposed fines.

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.

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