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Another reason to track absenteeism: It can rule out unemployment benefits

If you want to terminate for attendance problems, make sure you consider only unexcused absences when making your decision.

Supreme Court hands win to injured workers

The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned a 30-year-old decision that prevented injured workers from receiving workers’ compensation benefits and also suing their employers for discrimination.

Workers’ comp: What happens in Texas stays in Texas

Employees claiming retaliation for making a workers’ compensation claim in Texas can’t make a federal case out of it. Such claims must be heard in state courts.

More covered by employer-sponsored health insurance

An improving economy and the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate may be behind a modest increase in the share of Americans with job-based health insurance in recent years, but the long-term trend remains a downward one.

Consumers rarely appeal denied insurance claims

People with health insurance only appeal a tiny share of denied insurance claims, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of recent claims data.

Minn. state legislature weighs health public option

A proposal to expand MinnesotaCare will face a more friendly reception in this year’s state legislature, but still may face an uphill battle.

Court tightens unemployment comp ‘quit rule’

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeals of Minnesota showed it is reluctant to give leeway under an unemployment compensation benefits rule that sometimes allows a worker receiving unemployment benefits to quit a new job if the worker deems it “unsuitable” to his skills and experience.

Blocking unemployment may not bar litigation

If you routinely allege misconduct to fight unemployment benefit claims in an effort to thwart subsequent litigation, you may want to reconsider your tactics.

Misinformation may result in back benefits

When employees get erroneous information about unemployment compensation eligibility and don’t file as a result, they may be eligible for back payments when they do file.

Ensure workers’ compensation appeal is received—not sent—within 30 days

According to a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision, the appeal must have actually been received by the chief administrative law judge and the Commissioner of Labor and Industry by 4:30 p.m. on a state business day within 30 days after the party was served with the compensation judge’s decision.