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Lactation Discrimination Is not Sex Discrimination: Judge

February 10, 2012
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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to say discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII, according to the EEOC.
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Aetna Accuses New York Doctors of Overcharging Patients

February 7, 2012
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The insurance company's lawsuit takes aim at the practice called 'balance billing,' which wallops some customers with fees big enough to buy a house.
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules

February 2, 2012
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The pro football league is named as a defendant in 21 suits that allege the league negligently misled at least several hundred players about the dangers of concussions and other head injuries.
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Amendments to FMLA's Military Leave Provisions Proposed

February 1, 2012
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The Labor Department said the proposal released Jan. 30 implements amendments to the military leave provisions of the FMLA made by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010.
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Employer Must Pay Workers' Compensation for Concurrent Job: Court

January 20, 2012
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William Thomas worked as a light equipment operator for the Warren County Department of Public Works when he was injured in 2009. Court records show that Thomas also was employed by a janitorial service at that time.
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Pregnant Worker Protected by FMLA Despite Timing of Leave Request: Court

January 13, 2012
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Although the woman had previously been considered a 'top employee,' after learning of her pregnancy 'Brookdale began harassing her, causing stress and other complications in her pregnancy.'
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Top 5 Workplace Injury Causes Make Up 72 Percent of Direct Workers' Comp Costs: Analysis

January 10, 2012
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Overexertion—or injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying—costs businesses $12.5 billon in direct annual expenses and accounts for more than 25 percent of the national burden, according to Liberty Mutual's Workplace Safety Index.
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Court: Comp Benefits Due to Restaurant Manager Despite Being Smoker

January 6, 2012
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Edmondo Bemis—who smoked for 30 years according to the appellate court's ruling—eventually filed for workers' comp benefits, claiming that his work injury worsened until he needed the surgery and that he was totally disabled.
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Law Barring Legal Immigrants from Massachusetts Health Care Program Unconstitutional

January 6, 2012
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The U.S. Census Bureau reported in September that at 5 percent—averaged over 2009 and 2010—Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate of any U.S. state.
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