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Gas utility seeks OK to fund life insurance, disability via captive

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 07, 2015 - 2:04pm CST

A St. Louis-based utility company has asked the U.S. Labor Department for permission to use its South Carolina captive insurer to fund life insurance and long-term disability risks.

Employers continue to stumble on FMLA issues

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 06, 2015 - 9:18am CST

A Family Medical Leave Act case in which an allegedly abusive employee was terminated three days after he submitted FMLA paperwork illustrates the need for FMLA training, says an expert.

Slip and fall leads to disability pension, health insurance for police officer

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 25, 2015 - 12:50pm CST

The Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of an injured police officer seeking health insurance benefits after receiving his line-of-duty disability pension.

French woman granted disability for Wi-Fi allergy

Published September 01, 2015 - 5:14pm CST

With the ubiquity of wireless connections, this ruling is nothing for employers to sneeze at.

Dangerous workers put employers in tough position

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 01, 2015 - 10:43am CST

On-air shooting of TV crew in Virginia by a former colleague puts a new focus on how employers handle difficult employees.

Deaf worker whose job offer was rescinded wins bias appeal

By: Donna Mahoney

Published August 24, 2015 - 2:54pm CST

Deaf employees are allowed to use alternate alerting devices to perform their job, says an appeals court that reversed a ruling Monday in favor of a deaf job applicant who had a job offer rescinded after being offered the position.

Game of laser tag leads to workers comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 19, 2015 - 2:01pm CST

A North Carolina man who injured his knee playing laser tag during a mandatory company conference is entitled to workers comp benefits, a North Carolina appellate court has ruled.

Complex return-to-work problems solved through integrated approach

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 16, 2015 - 6:00am CST

SAN FRANCISCO — Stay-at-work and return-to-work programs have historically been associated with workers compensation, but including employees with nonoccupational injuries can help companies better manage the costs of worker absence, experts say.

Employers still grappling with disability law after 25 years

By: Judy Greenwald

Published August 16, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has given employers headaches that include litigation, but the law also has provided guidance on the fair treatment of disabled workers in its 25 years of existence.

ADA Amendments Act brings back substance, effect of original ADA

By: Judy Greenwald

Published August 16, 2015 - 6:00am CST

While the Americans with Disabilities Act has celebrated its 25th anniversary, in some respects it is only 6 years old, the age of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.

ADA at 25

Published August 11, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Along with amendments and court rulings, the ADA has helped eliminate barriers to work, public accommodations and even the Internet for the disabled. Here is a look at some key moments in the act. View the gallery

Knowledge-based workers have unique disability concerns

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 05, 2015 - 2:39pm CST

SAN FRANCISCO — Behavioral health claims present unique challenges in knowledge-based industries such as technology firms, experts said during the Disability Management Employer Coalition’s 2015 conference in San Francisco.

Employers urged to accommodate workers' chronic conditions

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 04, 2015 - 12:09pm CST

SAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to workers with chronic conditions, employers should focus on providing accommodations and support rather than managing a disease.

Alternative light duty programs tackle return-to-work challenges

Published August 02, 2015 - 6:00am CST

What happens when employers aren't able to accommodate injured workers who have been cleared for light duty assignments? We find out how alternative programs are helping some employers manage return-to-work challenges.

Wendy's employee cribbing daughter's ID arrested for workers comp fraud

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 23, 2015 - 12:31pm CST

An injured Wendy's restaurant employee claiming to be her own daughter has been arrested for workers compensation fraud among other felony charges, the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation Enforcement Division said.

EEOC charges Wal-Mart over disability bias against worker with bone cancer

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 06, 2015 - 3:17pm CST

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is charging Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with disability discrimination and harassment for allegedly refusing to set up a chair for an associate suffering from bone cancer.

WWE seeks dismissal of brain injury case

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 02, 2015 - 2:04pm CST

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has filed a complaint to dismiss a group of lawsuits by former professional wrestlers alleging traumatic brain injuries.

Construction bears more opioid-related costs than other industries

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 29, 2015 - 2:43pm CST

The cost of opioid use is greater for injured construction workers than for injured workers in other industries, according to a new analysis by insurer CNA Financial Corp.

EEOC to mark 50 years with progress report

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 29, 2015 - 2:24pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday said it plans to hold a meeting about “subtle forms” of discrimination later this week to mark its 50th anniversary.

Dismissal of breast cancer survivor's ADA lawsuit upheld

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 29, 2015 - 2:08pm CST

An appeals court has upheld dismissal of a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit filed on behalf of a breast cancer survivor who was fired from her law firm job because she could not lift more than 20 pounds.

Give employees time to clarify medical leave requests

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 23, 2015 - 2:55pm CST

A Pennsylvania health care institution should have asked an employee to resubmit her vaguely worded medical certification as required by law before terminating her for improperly taking days off, says an appeals court in reinstating a Family Medical Leave Act case filed by the fired worker.

Web-related bias rules up in the air

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Companies are in limbo as they wait for long-delayed rules on Web accessibility and enforcement actions continue.

Disability bias suits surge even before Web push

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

There were 4,436 public accommodation discrimination lawsuits filed in 2014, a 63% increase over 2013, according to an analysis of federal case filings by Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P.

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Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST


Proactive approach can get employees back to work faster

By: Karen Pallarito

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Disability insurance fills the income gap when catastrophe strikes, but it also provides a safety net when employees take time off work due to common health conditions, childbirth and life’s mishaps.

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