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The Expanding Ranks of the Disabled
New guidelines from the American Medical Association consider obesity to be a disease, which means many more working Americans could now be classified as disabled. That may make HR departments responsible for obese employees in a whole new way.
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DOL Expands the Scope of FMLA
Family members of veterans and regular armed forces deployed in a foreign country will likely be able to take Family and Medical Leave Act leave. The Department of Labor's final regulations will also likely mandate employers of airline-flight crews to count their standby hours in FMLA leave calculations.
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The Dwindling Disability Trust
With the government's disability insurance fund headed for exhaustion, is it time to "go Dutch" between employers and the federal government?
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Top Employee Benefit Consultant Winners of 2012

Human Resource Executive® and its sister publication, Risk & Insurance®, profile the best of the best in the area of employee-benefits consulting.
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Battling Fatigue
Fatigue -- described as a decreased state of alertness -- may impair a worker's safety, health and productivity, costing employers billions of dollars each year.
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Changing Behavior
This article accompanies Game Change.
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Preventing Needless Disability
Why do some workers find themselves permanently disabled when medical evidence suggests they should be able to recover from their injuries? Understanding neuroscience may offer a solution.
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Battling Fatigue
Fatigued employees are more prone to increased accidents and decreased productivity. How well are your employees sleeping? Employers seeking to reduce their workers' comp costs may want to find out.
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OFCCP Sets Sights On Disabled Workers
Federal contractors and subcontractors beware: The Department of Labor is taking aim at your effectiveness in hiring individuals with disabilities.
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Disability Outreach
Creative recruitment programs help employers build diversity into their organizations by taking advantage of the under-used talents of disabled workers. HR should also make sure collaborative discussions are held with the recruiter, hiring manager and candidate about long-term career goals and whether accommodations will be necessary to smooth that career path.
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Benefits Column

Tech giant Apple's long-anticipated introduction of its smartwatch threw wearable devices and smartwatches into the headlines again. While there is a lure to how the data these trackers capture can be used in employer-based health initiatives, at least one expert says there are also cautions regarding their use.
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