Some say members of the medical community develop expensive treatment plans before they even diagnose an injured worker.
Standard commercial property insurance policies will often cover vandalism but not theft. Sometimes it’s difficult to weed out what damages qualify as vandalism and what qualifies as theft.
If you are planning to rent out a room or your entire house to make a little extra money, there are three things you need to understand about your homeowners insurance policy:
Automotive insurance company Allstate says it’s waiting to see if a an uptick in crashes will continue before it decides whether to increase its rates again. Auto insurance rates increased 5.3% under the Allstate brand in 2015, which is the largest increase the company has seen in 10 years. According to executives, rates were increased after the auto insurance company was hit with more frequent and severe crashes.
Anthem Inc.’s $5.1 billion 401 (k) plan is one of the largest in the United States with more than 59,000 participants.
In a first of its kind settlement, Lyft Inc., a ride-share provider, has agreed to pay $12.25 million in damages, and will change how it treats its California drivers. Lyft will no longer be able to terminate drivers at will but must have specific reasons to“deactivate” a driver.  The settlement does not resolve the issue of whether ride-share companies should treat their drivers as independent contractors or as employees, which would entitle them to minimum wage, reimbursement of expenses, overtime, and other benefits.
James L. Moss claims he was unlawfully denied  total disability benefits under two insurance policies governed by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Moss suffers from osteoarthritis and alleges that his condition prevents him from performing urological surgery.
Viacom recently released details that show an 85% drop in compensation for 92 year old executive chairman Sumner Redstone. The ailing Redstone leads the multibillion dollar companies Viacom and CBS Corp. Shareholders believe executives and board members haven’t been upfront about his health and competence.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers sued several bars nationwide accusing them of violating federal law by failing to pay for copyrighted music. The ASCAP typically files about 40-100 similar complaints each year to push bars and other establishments to pay licensing fees that largely go to songwriters. Bars that use copyrighted music must also pay a fee to Broadcast Music Inc. who regulates how often the music is played.
When Dale Arnold chose not to participate in a work-sponsored health assessment, his employer the Wisconsin plastic maker Flambeau pulled his insurance. Flambeau (like many other companies) uses a wellness program to cut insurance costs by promoting good health habits among its employees but has gone a step further by entirely denying healthcare to those that do not wish to take part in the program. Health and wellness programs have been shown to save companies hundreds of dollars each year, and most companies offer workers rewards as incentive to buy into health and wellness.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has temporarily withdrawn its proposed slips, trips and falls rule from the White House review process.The agency published a proposal addressing these hazards in 1990 and has rewritten it twice to reflect changes in technology. It is suspected that OSHA may go harder on employees who violate issues in a future proposal. Read full story here:
A Psychiatric unit nurse will not receive compensation for something a speaker said during a training seminar. Nurse William Ireton claims that a trauma-seminar led by Barbara Lang caused him psychological injuries when he was told to “image how it would feel.” Ireton claims he was not paid to “imagine how it would feel” and suffered psychological injury and depression in result of the exercise. The Chancery Court for McMinn County decided Mr.
The Occupational Safety and Health administration has ordered a New York trucking company to pay a fired employee more than $45000 in lost wages. An OSHA investigation found that company owner Robert Brindi violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act that protects employees who file complaints about unsafe commercial motor vehicles. The driver notified the company that his truck had several problems including ineffective brakes, no turn signal, and a broken windshield. He requested repairs but was refused.
Northern District Federal Judge Michael Mills granted summary judgment for the plaintiff in a police excessive force case, Cooper v. Brown and City of Horn Lake. According to the complaint, Brown pulled Cooper over for suspected DUI . After getting out of the car, Cooper ran, but not very far and sat near an air conditioning unit.
Ambrea Fairchild sued her former employer, All American Check Cashing, after the company allegedly violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) Inc. firing her for being pregnant and for refusing to pay her overtime.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will determine if restrictions on the use of property constitute a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Zoning changes engaged in 1975 bared development on a lot owned by the Murr siblings, but the siblings have also
As technology advances sometimes it can be difficult for the laws to keep up. A new issue involving  non exempt employees who use their smartphones after regular working hours may be lurking in the shadows during the revision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) in 2016. In the case Allen vs. City of Chicago a police officer sued  for unpaid overtime as a result form answering work related texts, emails, and calls from his cell phone while off duty.
The Fifth Circuit Court affirmed the District Court’s summary judgment for defendants after it found that the plaintiffs, Robert and Helen Allen, failed to disclose their personal injury claims during their Chapter 13 bankruptcy which was proceeding concurrently with their personal injury suit. The Court ruled that the suit should be barred by judicial estoppel. Judicial estoppel is a common law doctrine that prevents a party from asserting inconsistent positions in litigation.
Daniel Lawrence Whitney also known as Larry the Cable Guy has filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Gulfport against a gas station in Diamondhead, MS. The comedian and his company believe that the gas station’s name “Giterdone” is a trademark infringement upon Larry’s famous catchphrase "Git 'er done." The lawsuit notes that Whitney’s company owns 23 U.S. trademark registrations of the the phrase "Git 'er done" and that Whitney’s representatives have already sent the gas station two cease-and-desist letters which were ignored.
The U.S Department of Labour has charged a Connecticut based company for wrongfully terminating two employees after they filed complaints with OSHA. The employees filed complaints against Eastern Awning Systems Inc. after they became ill while working in the plant’s powder coat room. The plant was then inspected and cited for inhalation hazards and lack of adequate ventilation. The owner and president of the company Stephen Lukos fired the two employees while the inspection was underway.