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    Employers use federal law to deny benefits

    WASHINGTON - Dying of cancer, Thomas Amschwand did everything he was told to make sure his wife would collect on the life insurance policy he had through his employer.

    "He was obsessed with dotting every `i' and crossing every `t'," Melissa Amschwand-Bellinger recalled about her husband, who died in 2001 at age 30.

    But Spherion Corp., the temporary staffing company where Amschwand worked, told Amschwand-Bellinger she would not receive any of the $426,000 in benefits she believed she was due. When she went to court, Spherion succeeded in getting her lawsuit thrown out. The Supreme Court on June 27 refused to review the case.

    Amschwand-Bellinger received a refund of the few thousand dollars in insurance premiums she and her husband dutifully had paid. The total, she said, would not cover the costs of his funeral.

    The story has played out often under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Designed to protect employee benefits, the law has been used by employers as a shield against suits..........

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    Re: Employers use federal law to deny benefits

    Link?

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    Re: Employers use federal law to deny benefits

    That is an travesty.
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    Re: Employers use federal law to deny benefits

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2008034734_apbenefitbattles.html

    Yeah, that seems like it's pretty fucked no matter how you slice it.

    Spherion spokesman Kip Havel issued a brief statement when contacted by The Associated Press after the high court declined to review the case. "We are pleased the court has made its decision and the matter has finally been resolved," Havel said.
    As long as you're pleased though Kip I guess it's all good.

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