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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.

UP CLOSE: Terri Rhodes

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.

Disability tab shifting to workers

By: Karen Pallarito

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Cost-conscious employers offer voluntary coverage, other incentives to aid employees on short- and long-term leaves.

Drug overdose death puts onus on workers comp payers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Workers compensation payers should monitor the drugs injured workers take as a result of a California Supreme Court ruling that an injury needs only to be a contributing cause in a compensable death.

United Airlines pays $1 million to settle disabled-workers suit

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 15, 2015 - 1:34pm CST

In a case the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider, United Airlines Inc. has reached a $1 million settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a case that involved the issue of accommodating disabled employees.

Specialty insurer buys accident and health agency

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 12, 2015 - 11:31am CST

Property/casualty and professional liability insurer Philadelphia Insurance Cos. on Friday said it has acquired Larchmont, New York-based managing general agent The Allen J. Flood Cos. Inc.

Workers comp claims pour in from Baltimore riots

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 11, 2015 - 1:38pm CST

Baltimore city workers have filed 169 workers compensation claims for injuries sustained during the civil unrest that began in April, according to media reports.

Workers comp claim longevity, not cost, points to review

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 10, 2015 - 1:28pm CST

DALLAS — Claim reviews are one of the most common claims management strategies, but they're only beneficial if employers know which claims to review.

Bill would clean up Medicare-related workers comp claims process

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 05, 2015 - 2:09pm CST

Legislation introduced Thursday aims to improve the administration of Medicare in cases involving workers compensation settlements and provide an avenue to appeal determinations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

One-eyed oil rig worker wins disability ruling

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 05, 2015 - 12:41pm CST

A federal judge has ordered an oil drilling company to pay $245,600 to an Alaskan oil rig worker who is blind in one eye for refusing to hire him, following an eight-day trial, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday.

Retired postal worker loses disability bias case

By: Sheena Harrison

Published June 02, 2015 - 12:19pm CST

The U.S. Postal Service did not violate the federal Rehabilitation Act when it prevented an injured employee from returning to work until she could pass a series of physical examinations, a federal court has ruled.

Disabled corrections officer pleads guilty to workers comp fraud, larceny

By: Sheena Harrison

Published June 01, 2015 - 11:49am CST

A Massachusetts correctional officer who ran car dealerships while receiving workers comp and other injury-related benefits has been ordered to pay more than $305,000 in restitution and serve five years of probation.

Workplace productivity group names new CEO

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 29, 2015 - 9:01am CST

The Disability Management Employer Coalition said on Friday that Terri L. Rhodes has rejoined the organization to serve as its new CEO.

Shift to on-demand workforce exposes gaps in disability insurance

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 24, 2015 - 6:00am CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers compensation needs to evolve to keep up with today's growing on-demand economy, experts urge.

Opioid addiction suit puts workers comp payers on alert

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 21, 2015 - 10:47am CST

Experts urge workers compensation payers to take steps to avoid overprescribing or doctor shopping following a state Supreme Court's decision allowing patients to sue physicians and pharmacies for contributing to their addiction to opioids.

Earlier cash settlement doesn't reduce workers comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 19, 2015 - 2:22pm CST

An employer can’t receive credit for the full amount of a lump-sum workers compensation settlement to lower the amount of benefits due to a former employee whose case was reopened, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled.

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