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Informed Employer: Dealing With the Potentially Dangerous Disabled Employee

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Appeals Court Revives Rules Protecting Home Health Workers' Wages
A federal appeals court revived Obama administration regulations that guarantee overtime and minimum wage protection to nearly two million home health care workers. The ruling was a victory for worker advocacy groups and labor unions that have long sought higher wages for domestic workers who help the elderly and disabled with everyday tasks such as bathing or taking medicine.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-08-21) Read the full article
NLRB Rejects Union for Northwestern University Football Players
In a unanimous decision, the National Labor Relations Board has rejected Northwestern University football players' petition to form a union by declining to assert jurisdiction in the case. The decision effectively overturns a 2014 ruling by an NLRB regional director that found the athletes meet the broad definitions of employees under federal law and thereby could form what would have been the nation's first student-athlete union.
(Source: NPR, 2015-08-17) Read the full article
States Working to Create Retirement Plans for Small Businesses
If you work for a small business that doesn't have a retirement plan, help is on the way. Roughly half of the U.S. states are working to create government-sponsored automatic individual retirement account (IRA) plans that would enroll workers without access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.
(Source: Reuters, 2015-08-13) Read the full article
25% of Employers Facing Double-Digit Health Plan Rate Increases
Nearly all employers -- nine in 10 -- say they're facing increases in the premiums they pay for employee health plans, with nearly 25 percent of employers seeing rate increases in the double digits, according to new research by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Not surprisingly, employers are increasingly requiring employees to shoulder a larger share of the expense in the form of higher deductibles to rein in spending, with Gallagher reporting 67 percent are cost-shifting to employees.
(Source: BenefitsPro, 2015-08-21) Read the full article
401(k) Participants Saw 30 Percent Decline in Fees Since 2000
401(k) participants paid an average expense ratio of 0.54 percent of assets for equity mutual funds in 2014, continuing a long-term downward slide, down 30 percent from 0.77 percent in 2000, according to a new Investment Company Institute report. Twelve percent of 401(k) mutual fund assets are still invested in high-cost funds, with fees of one percent or more, ICI found.
(Source: Forbes.com, 2015-08-20) Read the full article
Companies Beginning to Re-Assess Use of Performance Reviews
The way corporate America measures its employees' performance is being dismantled brick by brick. From the C-suite to the boardroom to the proverbial water cooler, the annual review is increasingly criticized as a negative, time-consuming and outdated way of sizing up your staff -- an end-of-the-year ordeal that instead of helping an employee get back on track can actually do the opposite.
(Source: SiliconValley.com, 2015-08-12) Read the full article
Firm Says Fantasy Football Costs Employers $16B, But a Good Idea
Fantasy football could cost employers up to $16 billion this season in wages paid to workers whose minds are on the NFL, not their jobs. But employers shouldn't crack down on this activity, advises Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consulting firm.
(Source: Denver Business Journal, 2015-08-19) Read the full article
Restaurants Try No-Tipping Policies as Minimum Wage Increases
Restaurant owners, customers and staff have long railed against the tyranny of tipping, but like a love affair gone bad, it has proved difficult to quit. Now, prompted by a spurt of new minimum wage proposals in major cities, an expanding number of restaurateurs are experimenting with no-tipping policies as a way to manage rising labor costs.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-08-23) Read the full article
 
 
 
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Dealing With the Potentially Dangerous Disabled Employee
Byron Myers

Many employers have been faced with a dilemma where something happens that raises concerns about whether an employee with a known or claimed disability may hurt someone. The employer must balance competing obligations (and potential liabilities) – maintaining a safe workplace for all employees and dealing with the employee with the disability.

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Ice Miller Employer Briefing Webinars

Ice Miller is proud to host quarterly webinars for employers, HR directors and in-house counsel to address important issues in the workplace. The next webinar on "Non-Compete Agreements: The Before and After" will be September 29, 2015 from 1 - 2 PM EST. Please register here.

 

Upcoming Indiana Human Resources Update
David Carr Jenifer Brown
 
Tara Sciscoe  

Ice Miller partners David Carr, Jenifer Brown and Tara Schulstad Sciscoe will be speaking at the Indiana Chamber’s Human Resources Update in French Lick on September 10-11.

 

2015 Medicare Reform
Ann Stewart

Attorneys resolving worker's compensation claims with Medicare beneficiaries have been required for many years to consider Medicare's interests before entering into a settlement agreement. Medicare has been, by law, "secondary" to other types of insurance and coverage, including liability insurance, group health insurance, and worker's compensation programs, insured or self-insured. Because of this, employers and insurers need to be aware of the various reporting requirements, recent regulatory guidelines and recently proposed changes to the MSP laws.

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