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Lawyers Say Health Care Law Will Spur Employees to Sue Over Technical Issues

July 9, 2012
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At least four federal agencies (the IRS, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and even the Department of Housing and Urban Development) are writing hundreds of pages of regulations that will apply as health care reform is implemented over the next six years.
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Study: Obesity Affects Duration of Workers' Compensation Benefits

June 20, 2012
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The study's findings on the effect of obesity on indemnity duration are close to those reported in a 2007 Duke University Medical School study that found that obese workers file more claims, have higher medical costs, and miss more days due to job-related injuries than do their nonobese counterparts.
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Employee's Off-Duty Car-Crash Injuries Compensable: Court

May 30, 2012
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The Kentucky Supreme Court said Adan Mandujano's car accident was compensable because he was performing the 'necessary and inevitable' act of returning from a trip that Gaines-Gentry and Eaton had requested him to take.
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Medical Marijuana Use Not Protected by ADA: Appeals Court

May 23, 2012
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The lawsuit was brought by severely disabled plaintiffs who said conventional medications had not alleviated the pain caused by their impairments
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U.S. Workers Short on Long-Term Disability Coverage


May 15, 2012
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Despite employers' cutting back on providing benefits, few employees are purchasing such policies on their own, says new study.
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Obese Workers' Body Mass Data Aids Treatment

March 15, 2012
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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.
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Obesity Problems Weigh on Workers' Comp

March 8, 2012
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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.
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