First Thursday, January 2016

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses the reasons why police and fire personnel have lower health care utilization than civilian employees. He also covers the following cases. Boston PD Rank-Ordered Promotions Held Discriminatory, Smith v. City of Boston, 2015 WL 7194554 (D. Mass. 2015) ‘Disrespectful Speech’ May Be Protected By Labor Laws, Borough of Carteret, 42 NJPER ¶ 66 (NJ PERC 2015) Court Rejects ‘Passive Inhalation’ Argument, Bennett v….

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Omaha Fire Union Running Own Health Plan A ‘Radical Shift’

The City of Omaha is preparing to get out of the business of providing health insurance for more than 600 of its employees. And the city’s fire union wants to get into the health insurance business. In the latest round of labor negotiations, the union went in trying to avoid health care cuts. To meet that goal, it proposed a change that’s unique for the City of Omaha: Run…

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Baltimore County Loses Appeal In Police Retiree Case

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – An appeals court has rejected a bid by the Baltimore County government to avoid reimbursing hundreds of police retirees who were overcharged for health insurance. The county paid more than $1.7 million in damages and interest to the Fraternal Order of Police this year under a court order. But it continued to appeal the order. In a ruling issued Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Special…

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