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Stories with subject: Employee benefits
  • Detroit strikes 2nd deal with its other retirees 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:10 am
  • DETROIT - The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, key deals that could accelerate the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, officials said Tuesday.

  • Court expands legal rights for injured workers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.

  • Ga. alters state employee health insurance program 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:50 pm
  • ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that it is looking to increase the number of companies participating in the State Health Benefit Plan and will offer more coverage options for state employees, including HMOs, beginning next year.

  • ND workers' comp agency sues over computer project 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:37 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's workers' compensation agency has sued a Chicago company over a failed $17 million computer system overhaul.

  • Report projects health care costs to dip slightly 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:55 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

  • High fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 9:39 am
  • WASHINGTON - It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

  • Workers' comp benefits OK'd for wounded manager 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:43 pm
  • OMAHA, Nebraska - An Omaha clothing store manager shot up to nine times in revenge for reporting an earlier robbery is entitled to compensation for drug and alcohol rehab and treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

  • Chicago area mayors lobby for city pension changes 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:48 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A day after the high-profile approval of Chicago pension overhaul, mayors from suburban DuPage County asked lawmakers Wednesday for help with their pension systems for police officers and firefighters, saying costs are spiraling out of control.

  • Fitch: Stable Chicago pensions 'many years away' 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:42 pm
  • CHICAGO - A major credit rating agency says an overhaul of two Chicago pension plans would prevent them from becoming insolvent, but long-term sustainability is "many years away."

  • Ariz. firefighters' widows file additional claims 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 3:19 pm
  • PRESCOTT, Arizona - Two Granite Mountain Hotshots' families are seeking to obtain additional death benefits from a state retirement system for public safety workers.

  • NY adopts measure to improve patient handling 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:01 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - New York is directing health officials and hospitals to identify best practices for safely handling patients in an effort to reduce rough lifting and better protect staff from back injuries.

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 8:06 am
  • WASHINGTON - Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession.

  • Moody's sees Chicago pension proposal as positive 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 7:41 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A leading credit rating agency called legislation to overhaul to Chicago's pension funds a "positive development," but said it won't solve all the city's problems - especially if assumptions for annual investment returns fall short.

  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police, fire funds 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:28 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - After addressing Illinois' own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state's cities, as mayors demand help with underfunded police and firefighter pensions before the growing cost "chokes" budgets and forces local tax increases.

  • Board restores some state worker health benefits 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 2:00 pm
  • CARSON CITY, Nevada - A state board has voted to restore to state workers some health benefits that were cut during the recession.

  • Miss. high court: Prisoner can get workers' comp 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 1:16 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers' compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled.

  • Mo. Senate passes bill cutting jobless benefits 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 12:41 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators have passed legislation that could lead to a reduction in jobless benefits for people laid off in the future.

  • Court: City doesn't owe retirees benefits 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:07 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - The city of Medford has won an appeal against a public works employee who said the city was obligated to provide him health insurance after he retired.

  • Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:01 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.

  • Senate panel approves Oklahoma pension change 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:45 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - A plan to eliminate the traditional pension benefit for newly hired workers and replace it with a 401(k)-style retirement plan has cleared a Senate panel.

  • Chicago among many Ill. cities in pension straits 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:41 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for fixing part of the nation's worst municipal pension crisis is now in the hands of state lawmakers - and it's likely just the first of many from cities across the state seeking legislative help for their employee retirement funds.

  • Woman sues Nebraska strip club over wages 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 2:49 pm
  • OMAHA, Nebraska - A Wisconsin woman is suing the eastern Nebraska strip club where she works, saying the owner has not paid her or other dancers an hourly wage or overtime in the three years she has been there.

  • Man pleads guilty to making false disability claim 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 8:59 pm
  • BALTIMORE - A former postal worker has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming he was disabled to get worker's compensation benefits.

  • Backers drop legislation on workers' comp benefits 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 1:28 pm
  • PHOENIX - Business-backed legislation to prohibit workers from filing lawsuits alleging they were unfairly denied workers' compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries is going nowhere at the Arizona Legislature.

  • High court to Orleans: pay $17M for NOFD pensions 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 8:16 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans must pay $17.5 million for its share of the fire department's retirement fund for 2010 through 2012, The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled.