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Tackling the next costly, politically fraught health coverage challenge

By: Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare

Published November 17, 2015 - 10:54am CST

A team of policy experts has gamed out what they concede is an imperfect set of options for tackling how Americans pay for long-term care, a massively expensive problem that the Affordable Care Act failed to solve.

OSHA cites two companies over temporary workers’ injuries

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published November 17, 2015 - 10:19am CST

A furniture manufacturer and staffing agency are facing $161,000 in possible fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Waitress with brain injury due workers comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 16, 2015 - 12:30pm CST

Server in South Dakota was injured while breaking up a New Year's Eve bar fight.

Suit challenges 'core' of Florida's workers comp system

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 12, 2015 - 10:14am CST

Florida Supreme Court takes a case that goes to the heart of the state's exclusive remedy provision.

Many employers not equipped to handle ADA compliance

By: Shelby Livingston

Published November 11, 2015 - 3:03pm CST

Many employers don’t have services in place to ensure total compliance with federal and state disability laws, a new report shows.

Worker hurt on lunch break eligible for comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 11, 2015 - 2:21pm CST

A worker whose chair collapsed while he was eating lunch is entitled to permanent total disability benefits, a Missouri court has ruled.

Traveling worker's car accident not compensable

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 10, 2015 - 11:40am CST

A state appeals court has ruled on a man who died from injuries he sustained in a car accident while out of town on business.

Injured workers in Texas returning to work faster

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 06, 2015 - 11:48am CST

Injured employees in Texas are returning to work sooner and sooner, according to a new study.

Judge rules AutoZone can't limit disability bias case to three stores

By: Judy Greenwald

Published November 04, 2015 - 2:21pm CST

A U.S. District Court judge has rejected an effort by auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. to limit a national disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to just three stores.

Worker who got mesothelioma 40 years after job caught in comp catch-22

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 04, 2015 - 1:58pm CST

A split court has ruled that workers comp was the exclusive remedy for a man who developed asbestos-related mesothelioma more than a decade after a deadline had run out for seeking occupational disease-related benefits.

Worker who retired soon after injury entitled to temporary total disability

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 02, 2015 - 2:06pm CST

In a case of bad timing, a worker who injured himself just weeks before his retirement opted not to seek new employment. Fortunately for him, a court ruling says he is still entitled to total disability benefits.

Constitutionality of workers comp medical review process upheld

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 29, 2015 - 1:56pm CST

An appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of California's requirement that treatment of an injured worker be approved by a claims adjuster unless a physician deems it medically unnecessary.

Man whose work injury not major cause of disability ruled eligible for comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 20, 2015 - 12:02pm CST

An Oregon man's repeated right wrist injuries became a workers compensation conundrum.

Week in pictures

Published October 16, 2015 - 7:57am CST

Disasters, past and present, top the Business Insurance week in pictures.

Report critical of workers comp opt-out laws unlikely to change minds

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 15, 2015 - 9:22am CST

A new report that examines the equity of alternatives to workers compensation is not likely to deter backers who support opt-out legislation, sources say.

Court rules worker who slipped and fell on ice should have seen it coming

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 14, 2015 - 10:43am CST

A New York Department of Public Safety worker who fell in an icy parking lot fails to win enhanced disability benefits or sympathy from an appellate court.

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.

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