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EPLI: Study Shows Female Physicians Face Widespread Workplace Discrimination

Posted on: May 18, 2017 by Chris Murray

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) released the findings of a recent study of female physicians and physician mothers from online group, Physicians Moms Group. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was based on 5,782 survey responses, and found that 77.9% of female physicians and physician mothers experience some type of […] Read More

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EPLI Exposures for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on: April 27, 2017 by Chris Murray

All businesses face employment-related exposures, including the long-term care industry, with assisted living and skilled nursing facilities having specific characteristics common with many healthcare providers that present greater liability risks. These include high employee turnover, regulatory scrutiny over patient care that results in employee firings and legal disputes alleging wrongful termination, and a proactive litigation […] Read More

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Nov. Election Makes Marijuana Legal in More States, Brings Hazy Challenges for Employers

Posted on: December 15, 2016 by Gerry Dumke

The November election brought new measures that make recreational pot use legal in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada. It also legalized or expanded medical marijuana measures in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota. These new laws make marijuana legal in one form or another in 28 states. Yet marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, […] Read More

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Breaking Down EPLI Coverage Options for Your Clients

Posted on: July 14, 2016 by Chris Murray

This year is shaping up to be a challenging one in terms of labor law and employment practices – from changes to minimum wage and overtime protections to large-scale Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigations involving broad investigations into areas such as LGBT rights and pregnancy bias claims and increased scrutiny into social media policies. […] Read More

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EPLI: Proposed Wage and Hour Rules Being Contested

Posted on: April 22, 2016 by Chris Murray

As we discussed in previous articles, wage-and-hour disputes continue to be among the top issues in employment-related claims. In fact, during the federal fiscal year 2015, there were 8,781 cases filed, which is an 8% increase over 2014. There are a number of reasons for the uptick, including federal labor regulations, the fight for a […] Read More

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Potential EPLI Exposures: Wearables in the Workplace

Posted on: March 22, 2016 by Chris Murray

Apple Watches and Fitbits are fast-becoming tools in the workplace. Employers view these devices as a way to measure productivity and safety while insurers can use them to track workers’ health indicators and habits. In fact, some companies are already encouraging employees to wear fitness trackers as part of optional corporate wellness programs. Employees can […] Read More

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Retaliation Claims Continue to Be A Leading Employment Practices Issue

Posted on: February 24, 2016 by Caitlin Morgan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a breakdown of its workplace discrimination charges, which totaled 89,385 for 2015. Topping the list were retaliation charges, which increased by nearly 5%; disability charges increased by 6 percent over 2014, and represent the third-largest category of charges filed. In fact, the year-end data from the EEOC […] Read More

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EPLI: Employers Be Aware of Joint-Employer Standards in Wake of NLRB Ruling

Posted on: October 15, 2015 by Caitlin Morgan

In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a Silicon Valley recycling center was a “joint employer” along with the staffing agency that provided that facility’s workers. This ruling found that companies using workers hired by another business — including temp agencies, contractors and fast-food franchisees — are also responsible for labor violations. […] Read More

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Healthcare Facilities EPLI: The Risk of Harassment by Non-Employees

Posted on: August 27, 2015 by Caitlin Morgan

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) for healthcare facilities is designed to provide broad protection for the wide spectrum of employment allegations facing organizations operating in today’s employment environment. This includes allegations of workplace discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other workplace-related issues. Policies vary and can be customized to cover employees including any full-time, part-time, seasonal […] Read More

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EPLI: Wage and Hour Regulations Compliance

Posted on: July 27, 2015 by Caitlin Morgan

Wage and hour claims continue to be the biggest source of liability for employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This trend may be set to continue due to a number of factors including the current focus on minimum wage increases on the federal, state, and local level and tightening of the federal standards […] Read More

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