July 24, 2018 by Michael B. Stack
Interested stakeholders in workers’ compensation need to pay attention to the changing workforce as immigration continues to change the composition of the American workforce. This includes being mindful of immigration laws and making good faith efforts to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and the employment of individuals authorized to work within the United States. Notwithstanding these efforts, people without such proper documentation enter the workforce and become injured. This creates problems for employers and insurers that can add costs to a claim.
Understanding the Basics
The Immigration Reform and Control Act controls employment practices in the United States. Under this law, only American citizens or non-citizens with the proper work permits are allowed to perform work legally. However, employers continue to employ people without proper authorization – in some instances knowingly engaging in this type of employment practice.
A state’s workers’ compensation law defines eligibility for benefits. In many instances, one’s legal employment status does not serve as a bar to benefits after following a work injury. The issue of hiring someone not legally allowed to work in the United States is not going away. The only true way to deal with such issues is to make good faith efforts when verifying someone’s work status. The reality is even if an employer undertakes these efforts, people not legally allowed to work will continue to seek employment.
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Treating issues with mental health can be a daunting and very sensitive task for anyone that is suffering from any kind of mental illness — but the problem for many is that a lot of patients just don’t know where to start, according to David Ebersman.
That’s where Lyra Health hopes to help. The service works with employers to offer a tool to their employees that helps them securely and confidentially begin to understand what kind of treatment they need to seek if they feel like they are suffering from any mental health problems. Employers naturally have a stake in this as they want their employees to stay health, but the goal is to offer a sort of safe space where users can benefit from years of growth in pattern matching and data to help them figure out where to start. The company said it has raised $45 million in a new financing round including Tenaya Capital, Glynn Capital Partners, Crown Ventures, and Casdin Capital. Existing investors that include Greylock Partners, Venrock, and Providence Ventures also participated in the funding round.
“We felt it was important to build an offering that would be helpful to all of the people who work at these companies and are suffering from a mental health condition like depression, or anxiety, or substance abuse,” Ebersman said. “A lot of the people we want to help don’t know where they’re starting. Trying to build and market something narrowly to a subset of the audience requires the audience to know they’re in that subset. Trying to build something more welcoming and engaging for a broader set of conditions felt to us to be a realistic response to the fact that not everyone can self identify. Fortunately technology really helps us with this — we can build a secure and confidential place where an employee can go and answer some questions that relate to their symptoms, severity, treatment preferences and use technology to match them for the right care.” Continue reading Lyra Health raises $45M to create a smart network for treating mental health problems