Bribery scandal might spell end for N.C. police department | Ill. unions threaten lawsuit over proposed pension changes | Conn. shooting spurs discussion of expanded workers' comp benefits
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January 8, 2013
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Bus drivers in Fla. county draw criticism
Public-transit bus drivers in Florida's Broward County are the subject of numerous complaints alleging dangerous and aggressive driving, with one accident claim recently ending with a $73,005 settlement. The driver in that accident had been involved in 10 collisions with other drivers and had his license suspended five times during 12 years, according to his personnel file. Broward County forgives drivers' accidents after two years, and critics say the standards should be tougher. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/5)
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Bribery scandal might spell end for N.C. police department
Cherryville, N.C., is considering disbanding the Police Department after a bribery scandal led to the arrest of three officers. The City Council is compiling cost data and may decide soon. If the department is disbanded, the city plans to contract with Gaston County for law enforcement. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.)/The Associated Press (1/4)
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Workplace & Retirement
Ill. unions threaten lawsuit over proposed pension changes
Illinois lawmakers have revealed a proposal to address a $96 billion pension shortfall by increasing costs for workers, raising the retirement age and placing a cap on pensionable salaries. Unions representing public workers said they will sue if the plan is approved. Reuters (1/6)
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Conn. shooting spurs discussion of expanded workers' comp benefits
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., may prompt state lawmakers to consider legislation to expand workers' compensation benefits by including more mental-health cases, according to this article. "There is very limited ability for a police officer and a firefighter to receive psychological counseling" under the workers' comp system, said John Mastropietro, chairman of the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission. "Most, if not everyone, agrees that the circumstances which existed in the Newtown tragedy do not meet the requirements of the statute for even the psychological counseling." Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (1/2)
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Analysis: Health care law has provided rebates, boosted premiums
The Affordable Care Act led to health insurers giving $1.1 billion in customer rebates in 2011 under the medical loss ratio provision, Sarah Kliff writes. In addition, state regulators lowered or rejected more than 900 filings for rate increases in 2010, she writes. However, Aon Hewitt says the law's added requirements for benefits have played a part in increasing some premiums, particularly in the individual market, although large employers saw only a minor change. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (1/6)
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U. of Iowa plans to fight charges filed by ex-professor in Jordan
Former University of Iowa professor Malik Juweid, who now lives in Jordan, has filed criminal charges in that country against two administrators at the university. Juweid says then-medical school dean Paul Rothman and associate dean Lois Geist made death threats against him. A judge in a civil lawsuit that Juweid filed previously against university officials mentioned harassing behavior by Juweid and a "history of emotional challenges." Sioux City Journal (Iowa)/The Associated Press (1/5)
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Group: Feds should look into U. of Virginia accreditation warning
The U.S. Department of Education is being urged to investigate a warning from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges to the University of Virginia after the school's unsuccessful attempt to remove its president last year. The nonprofit American Council of Trustees and Alumni said that the accreditation association is overstepping its bounds in issuing the warning based on governance issues. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)/The Associated Press (1/2)
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Leadership & Management
Get personal to engage your team
John Bossong writes that when his 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3)
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News From Aon
2013 Reinsurance Market Outlook
Aon Benfield's 2013 Reinsurance Market Outlook -- Reinsurance Capacity Growth Continues to Outpace Demand report reveals that reinsurance capital reached $500 billion in 2012. The lack of significant reinsured losses from catastrophes in 2012 was a reasonable departure from the building view of a "new normal" higher level of global catastrophes. Read more.
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Aon Hewitt Washington Report
View the weekly Washington Report compiled by Aon Hewitt for legislative updates affecting the U.S. workforce and workplace.
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SmartQuote
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him."
-- Francis Bacon,
British author and statesman
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