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Benefits cost big bucks for Uncle Sam

The tax-favored status of employer-provided health and retirement benefits costs the federal government far more than the biggest personal income-tax deduction.

Does post-traumatic stress disorder qualify for workers’ comp benefits?

Q. I’ve heard that the first responders we employ can receive workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. Is that true?

Fired harasser can’t collect unemployment

If you have a robust harassment policy that prohibits even a single incident of unwanted touching, rest assured that a fired harasser won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits.

No unemployment comp after bizarre threats

Workers who are fired for willful misconduct are not eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Breaking a rule against making threats or committing violence generally meets the requirement of willful misconduct as long as the employee knew or should have known about the rule.

Federal court nixes Trump’s ‘association health plans’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled March 28 that a Trump administration effort to facilitate bare-bones health plans was an illegal violation of the Affordable Care Act and ERISA, the law that governs employee benefits.

Employers back ACA rule on pre-existing conditions

Employers of all sizes overwhelmingly support preserving the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for health insurance plans to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to a new survey by the Mercer consulting firm.

Gig economy: Is that an employer or just software?

A court has affirmed that an online company that connects workers with potential clients is not an employer for unemployment compensation benefit purposes.

Snapshot: Large employers increasingly exclude out-of-network coverage

Many large employers have either entirely stopped covering out-of-network health claims or are seriously considering it.

Does working a gig job rule out unemployment benefits?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of an unemployed worker who was denied unemployment compensation insurance benefits because he became an Uber driver after he was laid off.

Cost of an easily learned lesson: $7.4 million

One of the most avoidable lawsuits in many years has finally settled, leaving an important lesson for employers: If you plan to break the law, do not announce your intentions in front of a roomful of employees who will be harmed by your decision.