Either the Labor Department found the only 1,649 employers (91 percent of the 1,812 worksites surveyed) who “find it easy to comply with” the FMLA, the Labor Department is putting some major spin on its survey results, or my read on FMLA administration is way off.Read More
While part-time workers make up 23 percent of the total workforce, only 15 percent of them are eligible for health coverage, survey reveals.Read More
Revisiting the company's investment plan statement should be the first order of business, and then start building your paper trail to ward off IRS inquiries.Read More
Steep prices of specialty drugs—such as Humira or Enbrel, which can cost more than $14,000 annually—are prompting employers to focus on managing the expense. But the question is how. “There are lots of cogs in this wheel and that complicates the management of these drugs,” says Cheryl Larson, vice president of the Midwest Business Group on Health.Read More
The American Heart Association and American Cancer Society are among the groups providing guidance on how organizations can design outcomes-based incentives programs that don't discriminate against employees.
For companies considering healthy programs, it's important to create a wellness culture, one executive says. “If you're doing it just to attack claims, don't do it. It won't succeed.”
Officials said the proposed rules on wellness programs are designed to give employers greater flexibility to design programs that will positively affect their employees' overall health while providing individuals with enhanced protections against discriminatory practices.
Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been slow since its passage in March 2010. That will change starting in January when more regulations and requirements begin kicking in. Here is a list:Read More
One organization's data shows that health-related productivity losses cost U.S. employers $227 billion annually. Whirlpool officials are striving to reduce one component, called presenteeism, by providing employees with better mental and physical support at the work site.
Companies are finding that team wellness challenges work better to create behavior change than individual incentives. But team challenges have their limits, too.