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 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.”
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
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.
Protecting Disclosure of Trade Secrets Included in a Bid Responsive to a Governmental Request for Proposal
When confidential information or trade secrets are provided to a government agency in a bid for a public contract, they might wind up being disclosed to a competitor or others unless great care is taken by the bidder. Of course, all pages containing a trade secret should be designated as “confidential.”
Under Title VII, the EEOC has an obligation before filing suit to engage in conciliation in good faith with an employer that is the subject of the Commission’s investigation and good cause determination. This conciliation requirement is not a perfunctory task, or a mere box that needs to be checked before the EEOC can file a complaint in court.
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.
About a month ago, Illinois passed The Debtors’ Rights Act of 2012. The law limits the practice of issuing “body attachments,” orders allowing for the imprisonment of debtors who fail to appear in court. This simple change should help put an end to imprisoning helpless debtors in the state of Illinois.
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.