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High court to decide whether health plans can recoup benefits

03/01/2001
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether health plans can sue to recover benefits from a person who also collects from another source. In the case, an insurance …

Having a good business reason trumps speculation

02/01/2001
After Gary Rowe had a kidney transplant, his medication was costing his employer more than $1,000 a month, and his supervisor frequently asked about his condition. When that supervisor had to …

Rein in workers’ compensation costs

02/01/2001
Workers’ compensation insurers are ex-pecting premium hikes this year, some as much as 20 percent. Here are some ways to keep your costs down: Clamp down on cheats. Experts …

Catch up on flurry of midnight regulations

02/01/2001
A blizzard of new regulations affecting businesses came out in the final days of the Clinton administration. The new ergonomic rules may be the most expensive in …

Return to work can speed recovery for injured employee

12/01/2000
Here’s more reason to get a solid return-to-work program in place: A new report says patients have better outcomes with their injuries if they are involved in their recovery and return …

You may have to pay for workers’ old ailments

10/01/2000
During her 30-year career as a dental hygienist, Kathleen Flor worked for many dentists. In 1990, a test for hepatitis C came back negative, even though she was treated …

Draw clear lines of liability when leasing your employees

09/01/2000
When Interwest Insulation needed help with its employee paperwork and complying with state laws, it signed an employee leasing agreement with …

Radical change to worker’s schedule lets him win unemployment benefits

09/01/2000
Philip Mauro was hired for a carpenter/foreman job with the understanding that his work had to coincide with his daughter’s day care hours, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and that …

Employers sue over tapping unemployment fund for family leave

08/01/2000
This month a U.S. Labor Department regulation is set to take effect allowing states to use unemployment insurance to pay employees who take leave for birth or adoption. But it faces …

Employee doesn’t need to show actual injury to earn workers’ comp

07/01/2000
When Patsy Evenson, a K-Mart manager, came to the aid of a wheelchair-bound man, she got his blood and feces on her hands. He had HIV, and she had sores on …