President Gerald Ford had been in office less than a month when he put his signature on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 in a Labor Day White House ceremony. Since then, ERISA has been amended a number of times to strengthen its protections of American workers.
Regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog know that our most recent post was about a new study of workplace injury and disability conducted by researchers at the University of California and Boston University.
Milwaukee residents are understandably proud of the cultural diversity that is one of the strengths of our city. But we also understand that much work remains to ensure that everyone has the same rights and opportunities to succeed in America.
Life with a disability can be difficult enough. So often life is made more difficult and complicated by an insurer that denies long-term disability benefits.
There is an old saying that you get what you pay for. The adage applies to long-term disability insurance as well as to just about every other product and service a person can buy.
Life is difficult; much more so when illness or injury prevents a person from working. Some of the leading causes of long-term disability include arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue, back pain, heart disease, cancer, chronic pain and diabetes.
The age at which strokes are hitting people is dropping, according to a recent study. The average age at which people have a first stroke dropped by more than two years, researchers said.
It can be the result of a sudden onset of serious health problems or the erosion of fitness over an extended period. Regardless of how it comes about, long-term disability is a condition millions of Americans deal with every day.
The numbers are astounding: each year nearly 800,000 Americans suffer stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing a person every 4 minutes. And stroke is the number one cause of disability in the nation, says stroke.org.
The numbers might jump out and surprise some readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog, but here it is: 1 in 5 Americans are disabled.