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Wellness Programs Adapted for Workers' Comp

November 3, 2011
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One consultant adds that employers also should optimize employee use of established wellness offerings, such as weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs that otherwise may be underutilized.
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Appeals Court Finds Retaliation Claim Against UPS Valid, but Judgment ‘Excessive'

October 26, 2011
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The court said a $2 million judgment against the parcel service in the case was 'excessive,' because the company's actions only caused monetary harm to Keith Jones, a former UPS package car driver and plaintiff in Jones vs. United Parcel Service Inc.
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New Tool Gauges Cost Benefits When Hiring Disabled Workers

October 25, 2011
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The tool focuses on three federal tax incentive programs: the Work Opportunity Credit, which can provide a maximum $2,400 tax credit; the Disabled Access Credit, which helps small businesses defray the cost of providing special equipment; and the Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction, which provides a deduction of up to $15,000 for the removal of architectural and transportation barriers to persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
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Health Reform May Outweigh Supreme Court's Light Employment Law Docket

October 14, 2011
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The high court, which went back to work Oct. 3, has so far received petitions to review four separate health reform cases, and the Justice Department is expected to ask the court to overturn an August decision in which the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law's individual mandate.
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Poor Economy Has Little Effect on Disability, Workers' Comp Benefits Programs

August 30, 2011
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Researchers for the San Francisco-based IBI said the survey’s results, released this week, undermined what previously would have been considered reasonable assumptions of the recession’s effects on employers’ claims experience.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Can We Do When an Employee Has Exhausted the Leave-of-Absence Time Allowed by Our Workers' Comp Policy?

August 29, 2011
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We have an employee who has been on workers' compensation for two years now—the claim is grandfathered under our old policy, but it's since changed. Now, when injured employees are on workers' compensation, they receive two-thirds of their pay and must use sick days and vacation to cover the remaining one-third. May we begin requiring the injured employee to use personal time? —Sick About This, benefits coordinator, mining/oil/gas, Illinois
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Workplace Regulations Provide Relief to Pregnant Women and Breastfeeding Moms

July 14, 2011
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The American with Disabilities Act Amendments took effect in January 2009, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines for the legislation were not issued until this past March. Coupled with health care reform rules, the implications for pregnant women and new moms in the workplace may be significant.
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Verizon Settles $20 Million Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

July 7, 2011
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The case is the largest disability discrimination settlement in a single lawsuit in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission history, according to the federal agency.
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Disabilities Protections Expanded

November 5, 2010
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Because of the ADA Amendments Act's more expansive definition of a 'disability,' employers should be aware that workers with cancer or other diseases that are inactive or in remission may still be considered disabled, in which case reasonable accommodations must be considered.
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