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Stories with subject: Employee benefits
  • 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.

  • Assurant selling or closing health insurance division 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 1:37 pm

    MILWAUKEE - The parent company of Assurant Health said it will sell or shut down the insurer, which has struggled financially since the introduction of the federal Affordable Care Act.

  • North Dakota Legislature ends with measure unresolved 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 7:05 pm

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota Legislature ended its 2015 session Wednesday after spending a record amount of cash but leaving unresolved a measure that affects public employee benefits.

  • Genetic testing moves into world of employee health story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 8:41 pm

    Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug.

  • Bill seeks to expand coverage for Hawaii fertility law story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 12:44 am

    HONOLULU - A proposal in Hawaii's Legislature would expand a state mandate on fertility treatments to include same sex couples and single women, updating a law that now only offers such benefits to women who are married to men.

  • Ohio to make employers' worker's comp payments proactive 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 12:35 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new billing system will change how private businesses pay their workers' compensation premiums in Ohio.

  • Labor, advocates to honor workers who died on the job 
    Updated: Apr-26-15 10:22 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Organized labor is marking Workers Memorial Day by calling on the Connecticut legislature to pass bills intended to improve employee safety.

  • Commuters to get chance to weigh in on NJ Transit fares 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 9:53 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Commuters in New Jersey who take nearly 1 million trips on the state transit agency's trains, buses and light rail cars each week are facing a roughly 9 percent fare increase.

  • ND Senate rejects bill on insurance benefits in new plan 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 11:37 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota Senate on Thursday rejected a House bill meant to ensure that thousands of public employees receive the same health benefits when their insurance coverage switches to another company this summer. The vote was 46-0.

  • Suit: Michigan wrongly charging unemployment aid applicants 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 8:43 pm

    DETROIT - The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is violating the rights of applicants for jobless benefits by using an automated system to file unjustified fraud charges and penalties against them, a federal lawsuit alleges.

  • Minimum wage increase has business support, labor opposition 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 7:14 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada business and labor groups are split over a proposed measure that would raise the state's minimum wage but make it more difficult for workers to get overtime pay.

  • Lawsuit filed over changes to state worker insurance program 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 12:41 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A group of state employees and retirees is asking a judge to reverse changes made to their insurance program that cost many workers more out-of-pocket for lessened benefits.

  • Judge halts worker's comp claim for Ebola nurse Nina Pham 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 11:58 pm

    DALLAS - A Texas district judge on Monday put on hold a hospital operator's efforts to seek a worker's compensation claim for a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient to succumb to the deadly disease.

  • Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature 
    Updated: Apr-18-15 12:56 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.

  • New Jersey's bond rating takes another hit over pensions 
    Updated: Apr-17-15 7:25 pm

    New Jersey's bond rating was downgraded this week over the state's pension contribution shortfall, marking the ninth time since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010 that a major agency has lowered its rating for the state.

  • Jeans company subcontractors accused in $79M payroll fraud 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 3:00 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Sisters who run two apparel subcontractors were arrested along with their accountant in a scheme that authorities said Thursday involved underreporting the number of people they employed and $78.5 million in payroll to insurers and California agencies.

  • 46 pension fund managers awarded six-figure bonuses 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 12:52 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Forty-six of Wisconsin's pension fund managers and those who work directly with the state's investments will receive six-figure bonuses this year because of strong returns, data released Thursday by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board showed.

  • Panel reviews bill to alter pension fund, tackle liability 
    Updated: Apr-15-15 6:37 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Republican-backed bill that would significantly change the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System got a closer review Wednesday from a legislative money committee, as rooms nearly full of opponents looked on.

  • House votes to raise state employee retirement contributions 
    Updated: Apr-13-15 6:34 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - State employees are set to see an increase in how much they contribute to their retirement plans - a move lawmakers say would shore up the chronically underfunded Employee Retirement System of Texas.

  • Gastonia sees sharp rise in workers compensation claims 
    Updated: Apr-12-15 2:14 pm

    GASTONIA, North Carolina - Gastonia may have to tap into its savings account to pay for skyrocketing workers compensation claims.

  • Closer Look: Rauner further details legislative agenda 
    Updated: Apr-12-15 9:44 am

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun putting a finer point on his legislative agenda, telling voters, elected officials and newspaper editorial boards during a tour of Illinois last week that his business-friendly plan is vital to improving the state's economy.

  • Comptroller: Fees wipe out billions in city pension gains 
    Updated: Apr-09-15 6:52 am

    NEW YORK - An analysis by the New York City's comptroller has concluded the city's pension funds over the past 10 years paid over $2 billion in fees to money managers but got almost nothing in return.

  • Bill allows Oklahoma workers' comp panel to meet privately 
    Updated: Apr-07-15 6:28 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's three-member Workers' Compensation Commission would be able to conduct more of its business behind closed doors under a bill unanimously approved on Tuesday by a Senate committee.

  • Lack of English meant Puerto Ricans got disability benefits 
    Updated: Apr-07-15 6:01 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A federal audit has found that some Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory have received disability benefits in part because they could not speak English.