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Indiana Company to Pay $45K to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Office Concepts Inc., a Fort Wayne, Ind., office product and service store, will pay $45,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. EEOC’s suit charged that …

Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads to $190.5K Penalty for Illinois Employer

Federal safety officials say an Illinois company has been ordered to pay $190,547 in back wages and damages to a safety manager in a whistleblower case stemming from a Lansing, Ill., facility. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health …

Digital Benefit Advisors Acquires Minnesota’s Corporate Health Systems

Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA) a national employee benefits firm, has acquired Corporate Health Systems of Eden Prairie, Minn., expanding its footprint in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Corporate Health Systems’ executives, Mick Hawton and Al Hofstede, along with their 42-member benefits …

Minnesota, Wisconsin Wine Grape Crops Damaged in Cold Snap

Vintners in southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota are reeling from a weekend cold snap that ruined huge swaths of their grapes. Temperatures dipped below freezing in much of those areas late Saturday and early Sunday, wiping out grape shoots that …

Morrison Tapped to Head Ohio’s Workers’ Comp Fund

Gov. John Kasich has appointed the chief legal officer to Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers as the agency’s new leader. Sarah Morrison takes over as administrator and CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation from Steve Buehrer. She …

Federal Funding for Ohio Flood Control Plan in Jeopardy

Officials in northwest Ohio may be forced to abandon a flood control project or pay for it with local money as federal funding for the plan is in jeopardy. A review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in recent …

Minnesota Still Wary About Impact of North Dakota Flood Project

Proponents of a proposed $2.1 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project in North Dakota will have to do a better job of addressing concerns about how it would affect farmers and other residents upstream before Minnesota will issue the permits the …

Buckeye State Mutual Insurance Appoints Brooks as EVP, COO

Buckeye State Mutual Insurance Co. (BSMIC), headquartered in Piqua, Ohio, has appointed John Brooks executive vice president and chief operations officer (COO). Brooks joined Buckeye in August of 2001 as assistant vice president of Claims and was later appointed to …

Minnesota Workers’ Compensation: A No-Fault System

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system in Minnesota: the employee does not need to prove negligence on the part of the employer to establish liability and the employer cannot use negligence on the part of the employee as a defense …

Kansas Insurance Dept. Adds Chat Feature to Interact with Agents, Consumers

A new interactive online chat feature on the Kansas Insurance Department’s website gives consumers and insurance agents another way to gather insurance information easily, the department announced. “This new feature allows an online user to quickly gather information from our …

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