A New York Appellate court ruled that an injured worker's diabetes and obesity do not qualify as pre-existing conditions.Read More
If the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act were enacted, it would override DOMA's provisions regarding federal employees, but not its overarching definition of marriage for tax and Social Security purposes.Read More
The case of Merivic Inc. and Zurich North America v. Enrique Gutierrez involved a workers' comp claimant who had a ninth-grade education and a 'limited working knowledge' of English despite having lived in the United States for 34 years, according to the opinion.
On the doctors' advice to lose weight, Melinda McKenzie underwent unauthorized gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and eventually lost 241 pounds, records show. However, MCI denied authorization and payment for McKenzie's procedure.Read More
S.B. 863 was signed into law Sept. 18 and takes effect Jan. 1. It is expected to boost permanent disability benefits for injured workers while implementing several measures to help reduce comp costs for insurers and employers.Read More
If you are granting a leave to an employee as an accommodation, your best defense to a potential ADA claim is to open a dialogue with the employee about a return date, and prepare to be flexible.Read More
A trial court ruled that along with benefits for his physical injuries, Stephen Vowell was entitled to medical benefits for treatment of related severe depression.Read More
New data from Reed Group show that employees who go on Family and Medical Leave Act and then return to work are three times more likely to need additional time off – for themselves.Read More
Insurance giant Cigna Corp. partners with a New York health organization to put long-term disabled workers on the track to good health and re-entry into the workforce.