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Blurring the Line between Working and Working Out
Office employees injured at their treadmill desks pose workers' comp risks. Those risks have to be weighed along with the potential benefits of such desks, which may help control health premiums by creating a healthier workforce.
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Alzheimer's On the Rise
As employees put off retirement, the ranks of those suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease will likely grow. Yet most HR leaders have failed to prepare their organizations for this eventuality.
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Patterns in Narcotics Prescribing
A new report that compares the use of pain medications among injured workers in 17 large states points to the wide variations in the use of narcotics -- and coincides with one state's new rules that may help solve some of the growing concerns about opioid use in the workers' comp system.
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ADAAA FAQs
This accompanies Back to Work.
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Tech Overhaul Aids RTW Process
In the cash-strapped world of public-sector workers' comp claims processing and return-to-work procedures, adding technology can provide plenty of return on investment.

This article accompanies Back to Work.
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ADAAA Answers
This accompanies Back to Work.
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ADAAA Q&A
This accompanies Back to Work.
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Back to Work
According to a recent survey, two-thirds of respondents do not have any formal, non-occupational return-to-work program, but some companies are finding they can reduce costs and employee turnover by linking RTW programs with short-term disability programs.
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A Dynamic Duo For Managing Lost Work Time
Employers that combine end-to-end disability management with absence management can reduce costs, boost productivity, and fortify employee trust and engagement.

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Bird Flu Takes Off
Bird flu is making a comeback -- in a big way.
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Linking ADA Compliance to Corporate Culture
The recent settlement by Starbucks Coffee Co. for unlawfully firing a Texas woman with dwarfism brings up the importance of not just failing to reasonably accommodate a disabled individual but to ensure that such decisions are appropriate within the company's culture.
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Job Rotation not Without Risks
Job-rotation practices have come into vogue recently as employers seek to not only reduce repetitive injury costs, but also enrich the work experience and increase productivity. While generally favorable experiences have been reported, employers should understand certain pitfalls to guard against before undertaking any such program.
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The High Cost of Sleeplessness
Insomnia is creating expense and danger for employees and employers alike, and it's up to HR leaders to train their own staffs, as well as all managers, on ways to deal with it. Communicating information on EAPs, providing some quiet areas for power naps and offering suggestions on ways to de-stress and relax at home are some options.
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Linking ADA Compliance to Corporate Culture
HR leaders may want to consider not just narrow legal issues when determining whether to reasonably accommodate a disabled individual, but how their ultimate decision will impact the company's culture. That was one of the lessons following the firing of a woman with dwarfism.
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Disability Flexibility
Flexible-work arrangements for disabled workers offer employers plenty of benefits, including ways to update and improve their disability-management and return-to-work programs.
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Recent Legislative Developments Most Worrisome to HR
Employment attorneys look at some of the current -- and potential -- federal laws that have affected HR leaders and their organizations.

This article accompanies What's Keeping You Up Now?
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Subtleties Abound Regarding Injured Undocumented Workers
Regardless of whether a state allows undocumented workers to recover benefits, there are subtle issues that impact employers' exposure to workers' comp claims, such as light duty return-to-work.
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Benefits Column

Some employers -- those that understand today's health-and-benefits model isn't working -- are beginning to take a new approach, one that goes beyond insurance products and under-utilized programs to offer workers the real-life help they need, right when they need it.
Working with Wearables Sep 22, 2014
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