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The Age of Living Wage?

October 3, 2014
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The prevailing argument for boosting minimum wage is: It’s the right thing to do. That’s nice, but for a lot of organizations, it makes good business sense, too.
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What SCOTUS' Stock Drop Decision Means for ERISA

August 19, 2014
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The Supreme Court decision will likely lead to an increase in employer “stock drop” lawsuits under ERISA, but not necessarily more liability.


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Avoiding the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of Employment Law

February 4, 2014
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The so-called “Bermuda Triangle” of employment law is: workers’ compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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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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Illegal Immigrants Covered by Nebraska Workers' Comp System: Court

January 9, 2013
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Those courts concluded that denying workers comp benefits to illegal immigrants creates a financial incentive to hire them because it allows an employer to escape liability for worker injuries, giving that employer an unfair advantage over competitors who follow the law, Nebraska's high court said in its opinion.
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Ohio Supreme Court all but Eliminates the Intentional Tort Exception to Workers' Comp Claims

December 18, 2012
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How do you guard against these intentional tort cases? Train all of your employees about the importance of safety guards, and the dangers of toxic and hazardous substances. Inspect all equipment at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure that safety guards are in the proper place.
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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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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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California Department of Industrial Relations Provides Information on Workers' Compensation Reform

November 15, 2012
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California recently adopted workers' compensation reform laws that could help employers reduce their costs, but only if they understand how to take advantage of the changes.
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Sandy May Affect Workers' Compensation Premium Calculations

November 2, 2012
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NCCI Holdings Inc. Oct. 31 reminded workers' comp underwriters of employee classification code changes insurers may apply when inclement weather or disasters force employers to temporarily suspend operations or shift workers into new roles.
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