Effective January 1, 2013, the maximum weekly payment for temporary disability and family leave insurance benefits increased from $572 to $584 per week; the maximum 2013 weekly unemployment benefit increased from $611 to $624; and the maximum weekly benefit for workers’ compensation increased from $810 to $826. The complete NJDOL news release, which includes a chart comparing the 2013 rates and eligibility criteria to the 2012 rates and criteria, is available here.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against an obese employee who claimed that his employer discriminated against him on the basis of his weight. According to the court, to qualify as an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person’s obesity must be the result of a physiological condition.
This morning, in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, the Supreme Court of the United States concluded that the recess appointments of former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members Sharon Block, Terence F. Flynn, and Richard F. Griffin, Jr. made on January 4, 2012, were unconstitutional. As a result, every decision issued by the Board between January 4, 2012, and July 30, 2013, is void.
In the ever-changing healthcare industry, one consistent trend has emerged in recent years—a shift from physicians being employed by physician-owned practices to physicians being employed by larger healthcare entities. In the event a physician employment relationship deteriorates, and because a difficult physician separation can have substantial consequences, healthcare entities and physicians may want to consider a number of factors and steps that could avoid time-consuming and expensive litigation.