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UnumProvident Settles Probes, But Woes Persist

December 30, 2004
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The insurer says it will change its claims-handling practices.
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A Team Tackles Absence Costs

November 1, 2004
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Osram Sylvania’s risk manager and its manager of occupational health teamed up to integrate occupational and non-occupational absences, saving $800,000 the first year.
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Six Ways To Get Yourself Sued

October 29, 2004
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Return-to-work situations are the quicksand of the workplace. With no visible solid ground, a slight misstep can be fatal.
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Technology The Great Equalizer

May 29, 2004
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IBM has a long history of creating technology for the disabled.
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Social Security's New Deal for Disability

March 1, 2004
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The agency's troubled programs are undergoing a major overhaul. Employers could enjoy lower costs, and disabled workers could be more motivated to go back to work without risking the loss of medical coverage.
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Transitional Duty Pays Off For Everyone

November 26, 2003
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Companies find that giving workers modified duties beats a long stay on workers' comp, even if it means having them take jobs at local nonprofits.
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Workers' Compensation Savings Strategies

September 18, 2003
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Eric Oxfeld, of a Washington, D.C. foundation, says that "Preventing claims is always the most effective strategy."
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Unreasonable Accomodation

July 31, 2003
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Some courts say employers should favor disabled employees over more qualified coworkers. If they do so, trouble will surely follow.
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Nasty Business

June 28, 2003
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UnumProvident is defending itself against suits by angry workers whose benefits were terminated or rejected. Plaintiffs' attorneys argue that the terminations of benefits are designed to boost company profits. At first, the plaintiffs were just individual policyholders. But now, lawyers are bringing the fight to employers whose workers are covered by UnumProvident group policies.
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Courts Debate Rehiring Substance Abusers

May 2, 2003
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The Americans with Disabilities Act specifically excludes drug users from coverage. But can recovered addicts be considered disabled? That's what the Supreme Court will decide.
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