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Pre-existing Perspective: New York Court Rules Against Reimbursing Employer

February 11, 2013
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A New York Appellate court ruled that an injured worker's diabetes and obesity do not qualify as pre-existing conditions.
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Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits Would Cost Government $144M Over 10 Years

November 29, 2012
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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.
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Worker's Inability to Speak English Appropriately Considered in Disability Ruling: Court

November 21, 2012
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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.
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Court Rules Employer Does Not Need to Pay for Employee's Gastric Bypass

October 19, 2012
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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.
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California Workers' Compensation Reforms Will Cut Costs by $300M Annually: Fitch

September 21, 2012
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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.
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How Long is Too Long for a Medical Leave of Absence?

September 5, 2012
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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.
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Injured Worker Entitled to Benefits for Related Mental Illness: Court

August 28, 2012
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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.
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Study: Disability Claims After Intermittent FMLA Indicate That Caregivers Are Finding It Hard to Cope

August 17, 2012
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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.
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Program Helps Long-Term Disabled Workers Return to Work by Crossing Finish Line

July 17, 2012
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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.
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