The National Football League and Workers’ Compensation

By | Sports Law Scoreboard | August 26, 2012
The National Football League and Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation is something of a wackadoodle system. Originally designed by Otto von Bismarck in Germany, it was designed to provide compensation to injured workers without clogging the courts with lawsuits where negligence or more would need to be proven. It works reasonably well and like politics and sausage, it is not pretty to watch being made. Years ago, applicants’ attorneys used to go out with the workers’ compensation judges for coffee or drinks on a regular basis.

Forbes – The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List 2012

Forbes – The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List 2012

Forbes has released its 2012 listing of the world’s most powerful women.   For the second year in a row, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel grabs the number on spot on the list, followed by US secretary of state Hilary Clinton then Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff. The high respected business publication refers to Merkel as the ‘“Iron Lady” of Europe, pointing out how she remains “lead player in the eurozone economic drama that continues to threaten global markets.”

New Studies Conclude That Legal and Compliance Risks Are a Big Concern

By | Good Risk Governance Pays | August 26, 2012
New Studies Conclude That Legal and Compliance Risks Are a Big Concern

A new study published by the Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting, Inc. and entitled “Legal Risks on the Radar” suggests that cyber security, operations and corporate reputation are top concerns for U.S. directors and general counsel. In this 12th annual Law and the Boardroom Study, researchers with the Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting, Inc. attribute globalization of U.S. businesses and an increased reliance on the internet for product delivery as driving forces behind what some describe as a more uncertain world.

Get Well, Soon: Eleventh Circuit Upholds Charges for Employees Who Refuse to Participate in Wellness Program

Get Well, Soon: Eleventh Circuit Upholds Charges for Employees Who Refuse to Participate in Wellness Program

The rising cost of health care has incentivized some employers to take a more proactive interest in the well-being of their employees. It is not at all unusual for employers to sponsor exercise or weight loss programs in an effort to support employees in developing healthy living habits.  Other companies have instituted broader “wellness” programs to help stabilize health care expenses for chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Harbor Freight Store Managers Don’t Have the Tools to Maintain a Collective Action

Harbor Freight Store Managers Don’t Have the Tools to Maintain a Collective Action

Can a group of retail store managers who were uniformly classified as exempt under the executive exemption, who worked under the same job description, and who were all subject to the same company policies maintain a collective action for the nonpayment of overtime?  According to a District Court in Kansas, that evidence alone is not sufficient to meet the “similarly situated” standard at the second stage of the certification process.

FDA Approval is Never Enough

By | TechHealth Perspectives | August 24, 2012
FDA Approval is Never Enough

The following may surprise some: FDA approval or clearance is never enough. Not if manufacturers want a commercially successful product. There is no doubt that addressing FDA issues is critical. But without data to show effectiveness, payers will not reimburse a particular product or technology—and even the most promising product will languish in the market without the appropriate coverage and reimbursement.