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U.S. Employment Discrimination Settlements, Cases Down from Last Year

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it “fought hard to overcome extraordinary fiscal constraints and operational challenges” during the 2014 fiscal year because of sequestration and the government shutdown. Yet the agency, which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment …

Small Business Insurance Market Primed for Consolidation

If heavy competition breeds consolidation, then the property/casualty small business insurance market is ripe for it in the coming years. Both large and small insurers devote lots of attention to the space, but no single company carries more than a …

More Americans Retiring Later Than They Expected

The “Great Recession” of 2008‒2009 took a toll on the retirement expectations of many Americans. According to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), there has been a nearly 23-percentage-point drop in workers retiring early or close to …

Safety Board Upholds FAA Regulation of Drones

The U.S. government’s ability to regulate drones was upheld today by a federal safety board, which overturned a judge’s decision that aviation regulations don’t apply to small unmanned aircraft. The National Transportation Safety Board, which decides appeals of aviation enforcement …

Facebook Readies Workplace Version

Facebook Inc. is testing a version of its social network that will let people communicate and collaborate at work, a person familiar with the matter said, taking on tools from Microsoft Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc. The product, which is in …

Aon Web Tool Aids Contractors Working in Multiple States

The Construction Services Group of Aon Risk Solutions has a new web-based tool to help clients navigate the risk challenges of pursuing work in multiple geographies. The Construction Risk Portal is a single website that currently houses two applications. The …

Victims Stymied in Access to Others’ Air Bag Liability Settlements

Confidential settlements over defective Takata Corp. air bags are sealing off relevant information that other victims could use to pursue injury claims. The accords make financial sense for the settling parties, but Takata and other defendants, including Honda Motor Co., …

Bicyclist Fatalities Rise As More Urban Workers Pedal to Work

The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward, particularly for certain subsets of the population, according to a by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). GHSA’s Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety notes that yearly bicyclist deaths …

CNA Names 2 Actuarial Vice Presidents

CNA Financial Corp. has appointed two new actuarial senior vice presidents. Mark Kaufman has been appointed senior vice president of Actuarial Pricing for Specialty Insurance. Kaufman will be responsible for the overall direction and general management of specialty pricing in …

Google Targeted in Independent Contractor Classification Dispute

Google was sued last week by a worker who claimed the company did not pay overtime, improperly classified him as an independent contractor then terminated him after he asked for more hours to be covered under his contract. The case, …

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