Man denied life-saving surgery over 26-cent insurance dispute

Article Written by:  Eric Pfeiffer   Taken From:  Yahoo News  man seeking treatment for a life-threatening illness had his health further jeopardized when his employer and health insurance company tried to cancel his coverage over a 26-cent dispute. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports
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Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling means group benefits plans need to be revised

Article Written By: Matt Dunning  Taken From: Business Insurance In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s exclusion of same-sex marriages from recognition under federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court set in motion a wave of needed revisions to employers’ group benefit p
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Employee assistance programs should be measured by achievement of objectives

Midsize employers seeking to gauge the effectiveness of their employee assistance programs should focus on whether the EAP is achieving the objectives set when it was implemented. For example, if the employer instituted an EAP as part of a risk management program designed to reduce oc
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Same-Sex Spouses Can Face Barriers On Health Care Under Federal Law

Mike Bosia and Steven Obranovich, of Hardwick, Vt., were married three years ago after Vermont legalized same-sex marriage. As Bosia’s spouse, Obranovich is entitled to health insurance through Bosia’s employer, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. But that coverag
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Two Medical Conditions Can Equal One FMLA Serious Health Condition

Employers beware: Just when an employee gives you the left jab, look for the right hook.  The combination of the two, as far as the Family and Medical Leave Act is concerned, can knock employers out.  As reported by my colleague, Scott Cruz, last week, an employee may be able to add u
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Supreme Court’s FMLA Decision in Coleman May Spell Trouble for Healthcare Reform Law

In Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland, ___ U.S. ____ (No. 10-1016, Mar. 20, 2012), the Supreme Court held, in a 5-4 decision, that suits against states under the “self-care” provision of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are barred by sovereign immunity. The case turned on a co
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Court Allows HR Staffer’s Comment to Support FMLA Discrimination Claim

Top brass may have the last word when it comes to adverse actions. But even comments made by lower-level managers — including those in human resources — may be used to support the kind of discrimination claim that often follows in the highly emotional climate following a layoff. A rec
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Counting paid time off as FMLA leave? Tell employee you’re running them concurrently

When Congress passed the FMLA and guaranteed eligible employees up to 12 weeks unpaid leave to deal with serious health conditions, it never intended to punish employers that already provided generous paid time off. Read More..
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Abilene entities say paid maternity leave rare, but options are available

Scott Golding, executive director of the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission, knows the clinic’s policy of paying female employees six weeks of maternity leave is “pretty rare” these days. “But it’s just important for us to let them have that time,” G
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