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Apple more than 'innocent bystander' in e-book price fixing

Published July 01, 2015 - 11:11am CST

(Reuters) — A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge’s ruling that Apple Inc. had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department.

Insurers to get almost $8 billion in health care reform reimbursements

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 01, 2015 - 10:52am CST

The federal government will pay out nearly $8 billion in claims reimbursements to 437 health insurers under a reinsurance program created by the health care reform law.

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.

Domestic partner benefits could change in wake of same-sex ruling

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 26, 2015 - 2:45pm CST

The nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage could prompt some employers to drop health care and retirement benefits for their employees' domestic partners, experts say.

Key senator blasts Personnel Management Office chief over cyber breach

Published June 25, 2015 - 3:15pm CST

(Reuters) — The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said on Thursday the director of the Office of Personnel Management should not be allowed to stay in place to deal with the aftermath of a data breach by suspected Chinese hackers.

Lawmakers promise scrutiny of coal cleanup insurance requirement loophole

Published June 25, 2015 - 10:17am CST

(Reuters) — Lawmakers will examine whether a program that allows coal companies to forgo mine cleanup insurance could leave taxpayers with billion dollar costs, leading members of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources said on Wednesday.

Poultry processor fined over workers' repetitive injuries

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 23, 2015 - 11:39am CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Monday that the operators of a Delaware poultry plant face $38,000 in fines for musculoskeletal injuries suffered by its employees.

Attempts to reduce frivolous lawsuits losing out in Delaware

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 23, 2015 - 11:25am CST

Legislation that is awaiting the Delaware governor's signature removes a means of significantly reducing sometimes-frivolous litigation filed against company directors & officers.

North Carolina passes legislation to ease captive requirements

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 22, 2015 - 2:06pm CST

Legislation signed last week by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will allow the state insurance commissioner to determine the amount of capital and surplus needed for special-purpose captives.

Veteran arbitrator to review multiemployer pension plan cuts

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 17, 2015 - 1:53pm CST

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday named veteran attorney and arbitrator Ken Feinberg to review applications of financially troubled multiemployer pension plans to cut benefits promised to plan participants.

Fed talks with insurers proceed on new capital rules

Published June 16, 2015 - 3:59pm CST

(Reuters) — The Federal Reserve is considering a proposal for new nationwide insurance capital standards that would rely heavily on the current system of state-based regulations, according to a copy of the plan seen by Reuters and people familiar with the deliberations.

Texas captive insurance bills signed into law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 16, 2015 - 1:26pm CST

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation that will allow captive insurers to accept and cede risks to captive reinsurance pools or to an affiliated captive.

Risk managers entitled to broker fee information

By: Sarah Veysey

Published June 16, 2015 - 9:33am CST

LIVERPOOL, England — Risk managers must ensure they ask their brokers to inform them of all fees earned on their business, according to a panel of industry CEOs.

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.

AIG bailout ruled illegal, but no damages for Greenberg

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published June 15, 2015 - 12:47pm CST

The federal government acted illegally in the conditions it set for rescuing American International Group Inc. in 2008, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Nevada insurance commissioner resigns

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published June 15, 2015 - 12:03pm CST

Nevada Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper will resign his post effective July 2, the Nevada Division of Insurance said.

Federal law trumps Colorado medical marijuana protections

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 15, 2015 - 11:26am CST

Colorado workers who use medical marijuana and engage in other activities permitted by state law but not federal law are not protected by the state's “lawful activities statute,” the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

House rejects bill containing health premium subsidy provisions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 12, 2015 - 3:39pm CST

The House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly rejected a trade bill with provisions that would renew federal health insurance premium subsidies for employees who lost their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed.

EEOC workshop to focus on workplace retaliation

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 10, 2015 - 12:12pm CST

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has scheduled a public meeting on retaliation in the workplace for June 17.

Half of risk managers buying stand-alone cyber insurance

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 08, 2015 - 2:11pm CST

Slightly more than half of risk managers now purchase stand-alone cyber insurance policies, most carrying less than $20 million in coverage, according to a survey by the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. released Monday.

EEOC files third transgender-related lawsuit

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 08, 2015 - 1:59pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed its third lawsuit in which it charges a firm with sex discrimination based on its alleged mistreatment of a transgendered worker.

London ILS task force meets with U.K. Treasury

By: Sarah Veysey

Published June 08, 2015 - 9:13am CST

The task force established to help the U.K. government find ways to attract insurance-linked securities business to London has had its first meeting with the U.K. Treasury and will be looking at ways to make the United Kingdom more attractive to investors.

Federal agencies re-issue LGBT employment guidelines

By: Judy Greenwald

Published June 04, 2015 - 12:27pm CST

Four federal agencies have re-issued an updated guide on discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered federal workers.

Whistleblower reforms turn tide against employers

By: Louise Esola

Published May 31, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Recently finalized federal rules make it simpler for employees to file complaints when they raise workplace safety issues and are subjected to retaliation.

Employers wary of OSHA injury reporting rules

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 31, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A federal agency's efforts to ensure that workers are neither discouraged from reporting job-related injuries and illnesses nor disciplined if they do report them could upend some employers' safety programs and drug-free workplace policies.

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