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Dillard's to Pay $2 Million to Settle Class Action Disability Bias Lawsuit

December 19, 2012
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The settlement resolves a 2008 lawsuit filed against the Little Rock, Arkansas-based retailer for allegedly using a longstanding national policy and practice of requiring all employees to disclose personal and confidential medical information to obtain sick leave, the EEOC said in a statement Dec. 18.
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Group Benefits Costs to Rise at Slowest Rate in 11 Years: Study

December 19, 2012
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A survey of 123 insurers and benefits administrators, released Dec. 17, indicated that group health care plan cost increases through June 2013 will be between 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent lower than they were in the first half of this year.
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Domino's Pizza Founder Wants Exemption From Contraceptive Mandate

December 18, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services law requires most employers to provide cost-free coverage for birth control prescriptions, sterilization, preventative screenings and other forms of women's preventative care.
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Lockheed Martin Offers Lump-Sum Option to Some Former Employees

December 17, 2012
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When participants take lump sums and move out of a pension plan, employers can reduce certain fixed costs, such as the payment of sharply rising premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
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Court Reverses Ruling, Says UPS Worker Entitled to Trial on ADA Claim

December 17, 2012
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The complex case of Teresa Watts v. United Parcel Service Inc. has gone to trial three times and been appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati once before, according to the 6th Circuit's latest ruling.
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State Laws Concerning Guns in Company Parking Lots Likely to Resurface

December 17, 2012
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Employers in several states successfully fought off or stalled the implementation of such laws throughout 2012, often by arguing that employee safety, private property rights and workers' compensation costs are at stake.
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Workers' Compensation Sees Cost Spike in Third Quarter: Towers Watson

December 14, 2012
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Aggregate commercial insurance prices rose 6 percent during the third quarter of 2012, marking the seventh consecutive quarter that pricing for all commercial lines increased.
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HHS Approves Health Insurance Exchanges for Two More States, D.C.

December 14, 2012
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Kentucky and New York join the District of Columbia in receiving the latest approvals. In all, exchange applications filed by eight states, plus the District of Columbia, have received tentative regulatory approval.
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