- In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave Updated: May-25-15 2:34 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally.
- Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue Updated: May-23-15 8:36 am
WASHINGTON - A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.
- Senate amendment would change who polices public risk pools Updated: May-22-15 6:56 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The Secretary of State's office could lose its ability to oversee a public risk pool it's had issues with for years, if a last-minute amendment to the Senate budget remains in place.
- Effort to expand police mental health coverage progresses Updated: May-22-15 6:50 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A long-running effort to extend workers' compensation benefits to police officers who receive mental health injuries on the job cleared a key hurdle Friday after years of defeat in the General Assembly.
- Illinois Democrats vote down workers comp bill Updated: May-22-15 3:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats have sent another in a series of messages to Gov. Bruce Rauner by voting down elements of his pro-business agenda.
- Applications for US jobless aid up, but from very low level Updated: May-21-15 8:52 am
WASHINGTON - More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market.
- Study: Local lockups can be more pricey to run than thought Updated: May-21-15 12:10 am
NEW YORK - It turns out running a jail can be even more expensive than previously thought.
- Illinois House advances plan to change Cook County pensions Updated: May-20-15 6:25 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are again considering a plan to overhaul Cook County's pension system that could trim some workers' benefits, despite a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling striking down a statewide pension overhaul.
- Board approves adding deductibles to employee health plans Updated: May-19-15 6:21 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's insurance board voted Tuesday to add deductibles and increase out-of-pocket payments in state employees' health care plans in a move designed to save an estimated $85 million over the next two years.
- For many low-income workers, calling in sick is a luxury Updated: May-19-15 6:19 pm
NEW YORK - For Shannon Henderson, getting a cold or flu could be the difference between putting food on the table and going hungry.
- Maine's highest court upholds workers' comp fraud conviction Updated: May-19-15 12:39 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court is upholding the conviction of a northern Maine man convicted of collecting more than $50,000 in workers' compensation benefits while operating an engine repair business.
- Judge sets hearing in Boeing retirement settlement case Updated: May-18-15 4:26 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A federal judge has set a hearing over a proposed $90 million settlement in the lawsuit by former Boeing workers over retirement plan benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations.
- Head of Oklahoma workers' compensation agency to resign Updated: May-15-15 4:07 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The head of the new Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission says he's planning to step down following a tumultuous year in which the three-member panel was found to have repeatedly violated the state's Open Meeting Act.
- More Indiana cities offer transgender health benefits Updated: May-15-15 7:43 am
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - An initiative by the city of Bloomington has led to municipal employees in more than 30 Indiana cities and towns gaining access to transgender-inclusive health care benefits.
- Cuomo sides with NYC police, fire unions on disability pay Updated: May-14-15 11:28 pm
NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he stands behind police and fire unions in a fight to increase the benefits city uniformed workers will receive if they're seriously injured on the job.
- Bob Gilliland named chairman of Oklahoma worker's commission Updated: May-14-15 11:36 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has named Bob Gilliland of Oklahoma City as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission.
- 148 former lawmakers covered by state insurance plan Updated: May-14-15 11:05 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers.
- Illinois lawmakers skeptical about pension deal this spring Updated: May-13-15 6:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers expressed skepticism Wednesday that they'll be able to pass a new pension fix this spring, despite pressure from Gov. Bruce Rauner and major credit rating agencies to quickly replace a 2013 overhaul the state Supreme Court struck down.
- NYC mayor proposes pension increase to injured city workers Updated: May-13-15 6:46 pm
NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing changes to the benefits uniformed city workers will receive if they are injured on the job.
- Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Updated: May-12-15 2:06 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company.
- Bill would add gender parity in workers compensation claims Updated: May-11-15 5:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers have approved a bill that would update California's workers' compensation law so that medical problems primarily affecting women will no longer be considered pre-existing conditions in calculating compensation.
- Governor signs bill aiming to help domestic violence victims Updated: May-08-15 4:15 pm
HELENA, Montana - The governor signed legislation Friday to expand unemployment insurance benefits to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
- Rauner calls Supreme Court pension decision 'right and fair' Updated: May-08-15 3:34 pm
CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Illinois Supreme Court's decision striking down the state's public pension overhaul was "fair and right."
- Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers' comp Updated: May-05-15 7:46 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state's workers' compensation insurance program to reduce costs for employers.
- Budget to dominate final months of legislative session Updated: May-04-15 5:28 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - With two months left in the legislative session, Senate budget writers are focused on reworking the House's $11.2 billion two-year state spending plan.