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Doctor who overprescribed opioids gets up to life in prison

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 05, 2016 - 1:54pm CST

The fate of Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng serves as a stark warning to doctors tempted to engage in irresponsible painkiller prescribing practices.

HHS seeks to modify stringent privacy rules on substance-abuse treatment records

By: Joseph Conn, Modern Healthcare

Published February 05, 2016 - 12:57pm CST

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to revise a stringent federal rule governing the privacy of medical records of drug, alcohol abuse and many behavioral health patients.

Domicile regulators get final say on funding risks through captives

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 05, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Under various statutory limitations, some risks are uninsurable.

Lawyers warn of speaking freely to health and safety inspectors

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 04, 2016 - 4:11pm CST

Canadian employers and supervisors should rethink voluntarily giving statements to regulatory health and safety inspectors investigating workplace accidents given that such voluntary statements can be used against them in criminal proceedings, according to some legal experts.

Captive experts urge regulators to clarify ExPro process

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 03, 2016 - 2:50pm CST

Though three dozen employers have won approval to fund benefit risks through their captives, there's no simple way to navigate the process.

Illinois roofing contractor cited for fall hazards

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 03, 2016 - 2:14pm CST

An Illinois roofing contractor is facing $115,500 in proposed fines from federal regulators for exposing its workers to fall hazards.

Employer cited for poor training, safety in worker's fireworks death

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 03, 2016 - 1:45pm CST

OSHA proposes $42,000 in fines over explosion that killed employee taking inventory before Texas pyrotechnics show.

U.S. businesses on their own when facing foreign cyber attacks

By: Gavin Souter

Published February 03, 2016 - 10:14am CST

Privacy laws stand in way when hackers in China, Russia, North Korea and Iran look to steal intellectual property from companies here.

Ohio manufacturer receives OSHA citations after worker falls 40 feet

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published February 02, 2016 - 1:24pm CST

Employee broke several bones in mishap while maintaining a crane, the second serious accident at TimkenSteel in a year.

Hearing for Tennessee workers comp opt-out bill canceled

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 02, 2016 - 12:34pm CST

A Tennessee House of Representatives subcommittee hearing for a bill that would allow private employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system has been canceled.

EEOC's data collection proposal could spike litigation against employers

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 02, 2016 - 10:58am CST

Agency points out continued wage gap that has the typical woman making 21% less than the typical man, a percentage that grows dramatically for minorities.

Lumber firm fined $13.2 million for illegal importation of flooring

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 01, 2016 - 3:09pm CST

Department of Justice says flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators left "a trail of corrupt transactions and habitat destruction."

13 indicted in multimillion-dollar comp claim fraud scheme

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 29, 2016 - 2:44pm CST

It's “one of the largest workers' compensation health care insurance bribery schemes ever uncovered in San Diego County.”

EEOC proposes tracking of payroll data to detect discrimination patterns

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 29, 2016 - 2:32pm CST

More than 50 years after pay discrimination was made illegal, the EEOC has announced plans to collect salary data to determine whether or not employers are playing by the rules.

Congress to probe software 'back door' exposure, possible U.S. involvement

By: Thomson Reuters

Published January 29, 2016 - 10:31am CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc. software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday.

IRS proposes revised defined benefit plan rules

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published January 29, 2016 - 9:14am CST

Sponsors of defined benefit plans closed to new employees were cautiously encouraged by proposed rules Thursday from the IRS that would make it easier to comply with non-discrimination testing.

Data privacy bill in Congress, trans-Atlantic deal elusive

By: Thomson Reuters

Published January 28, 2016 - 2:44pm CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. Senate panel approved measures on Thursday that were causing concern in Europe among negotiators hammering out a new trans-Atlantic pact on electronic data transfer, an issue for many companies such as Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

Firm settles bias charge over forklift operator requirements

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 28, 2016 - 1:21pm CST

A Pennsylvania paper company has agreed to pay $180,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission disability discrimination lawsuit

Bank of England insurance supervisor says E.U. capital rules off to smooth start

By: Thomson Reuters

Published January 27, 2016 - 12:34pm CST

(Reuters) — The introduction of new European Union rules forcing insurers to hold enough capital to protect policyholders has gone well though some tweaks will be needed, Britain's top insurance regulator said on Wednesday.

Class action securities lawsuits up in 2015, second report says

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 26, 2016 - 2:35pm CST

Although the numbers differ, a second survey in as many days says the number of federal class action securities lawsuits filed last year was at its highest level since 2008.

Appeals court ruling seen strengthening cases for transgender employees

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 26, 2016 - 12:36pm CST

The reinstatement of a transgender auto mechanic's sex discrimination case could be a sign of things to come.

Mine safety agency steps up efforts after deadly January

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published January 25, 2016 - 2:18pm CST

2015 may have been the safest year in mining history, but this year got off to a tragic and inauspicious start.

Number of securities class action cases reaches highest level since 2008

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 25, 2016 - 2:09pm CST

Last year, securities class action cases totaled 234, which was an 8% increase over 2014's 216 and 6% higher than the average rate of the preceding five years.

Schwan food maker to cooperate with OSHA, pay $100,000 in fines

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published January 25, 2016 - 10:28am CST

Food manufacturer Schwan's Global Supply has owned up to its inadequate safety and health procedures and earned praise from OSHA in the process.

New Jersey lawmakers make move for pension contribution stability

By: Robert Steyer, Pensions & Investments

Published January 25, 2016 - 10:26am CST

The New Jersey Legislature has taken the first step to place before voters in November a proposed constitutional amendment that would provide consistent state payments each year to the $79 billion New Jersey Pension Fund, Trenton.

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