Despite the fact that one in three U.S. adults is obese, claims adjusters often do not ask claimants about their height and weight during the initial intake process of a workers' comp claim, employers and consultants say.
Not only are obese workers comp claimants likely to miss more work days than healthy-weight co-workers with similar injuries, obese workers are likely to have higher medical costs and are more likely to become permanently disabled, research has shown.Read More
Testimony during the hearing showcased an employer's confusion over some of the act's rules.Read More
GINA, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in May 2008, protects job applicants, current and former employees, labor union members and apprentices and trainees from discrimination based on their genetic information.Read More
In its decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission et al., the nation's highest court said the ministerial exception bars only employment discrimination lawsuits.
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.
Under new federal regulations, laborers who build, repair or dismantle any recreational water vessel will no longer be covered by the Longshore Act, so long as they are covered under a state's workers comp law.
Contractors and subcontractors would have to reach 7 percent within each of their job groups rather than within its workforce as a whole.
As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Susan Hauser speaks with Lex Frieden about the origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Frieden is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The act was born partly out of his service as director of the National Council on the Handicapped (now the National Council on Disability) as well as his own experience of being denied admission to one university because he used a wheelchair. Read More