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January 15, 2013

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Ky. may toughen penalties for public-transit crimes
    A measure that would toughen penalties against criminals who attack public-transit drivers and passengers has been introduced in Kentucky. "Many times our transit workers are so isolated in what they do. They're on a bus or in a taxi in many, many parts of our town with not much defense," Rep. Joni Jenkins says. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • Conn. to consider including PTSD in workers' comp laws
    Connecticut lawmakers say they plan to introduce a bill that would make state workers with post-traumatic stress disorder eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. The Board of Police Commissioners for Newtown, Conn., recently asked that the state change workers' comp laws to help officers who suffered emotionally after responding to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight-loss competitions at work have pros, cons
    Employee weight-loss competitions are a popular wellness tool for organizations because they are considered a path toward quick results and lower health care costs, but experts say they can encourage unhealthy eating and cause tension among team members. Cornell University professor John Cawley says programs that offer financial incentives work best but warns that employees tend to regain weight after the incentives stop. The Wall Street Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Education 
  • Colleges are touted as a means to strengthen Baltimore
    The University of Baltimore is among places of higher education that can act as city "anchors," helping prevent crime and derelict buildings and to create safer conditions for students and residents, experts say. "Institutions have come to the realization that their success, and their viability as a business, is inextricably tied to the success or failure of the communities in which they're based," says Ted Howard, a University of Maryland researcher. The Baltimore Sun (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Leadership & Management 
  • How anxiety can affect your judgment
    People who are anxious are more likely to take advice, but are less likely to be able to determine whether that advice is good or bad, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania. To avoid following bad advice, use your anxiousness to become excited about new possibilities. Also, try to refocus on "what can go right instead of what can go wrong," says Maurice Schweitzer, one of the researchers. USA Today/Gannett News Service (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • Regulatory guidance under the Affordable Care Act
    Aon Hewitt has created a Web portal giving clients access to a range of resources to help them navigate the new health care regulatory environment. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Santa Monica's return on investment
    Read how the city of Santa Monica used iVos, Aon eSolutions' claims administration software, to reduce claims costs by 35%. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
--Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette,
French novelist and performer


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