1. The Clock To Appeal A Benefit Denial May Be Ticking Faster Than You Think

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    In a unanimous opinion issued on Monday, December 16, the U.S. Supreme Court in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., sided with ERISA plans and their employer sponsors. The Court ruled that benefit plans subject to ERISA (i.e., most private healthcare and other benefit plans) can establish their own “reasonable” statute of limitations […]

  2. Obesity discrimination violates the ADA

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    Good article on obesity discrimination: Is obesity a disease, or merely a condition? December 16, 2013 12:00 AM   Daniel Marsula/Post-Gazette   Earlier this year, the American Medical Association announced it would be classifying obesity as a disease, citing an “overabundance of clinical evidence.” In approving its Resolution 420, the AMA compared obesity to lung […]

  3. Protection for Friends and Family Members Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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    Most people know that discriminating against people with disabilities is illegal. Few know that the law also protects those who associate with someone who has a disability. A provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people who are not themselves disabled but have a connection with someone who is. The law offers protection […]

  4. Have a non-compete? Things to consider when updating your online profile

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    Can your former employer sue you for violating your non-compete just for announcing your new job online? Well, one employer just did. Many businesses require their employees to sign broad non-compete and non-solicitation agreements (known as “restrictive covenants”; we’ll refer to both as “non-competes”) that seem to prevent departing employees from working in any job […]