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Financial Wellness an Imperative for Healthy Employees

April 4, 2013
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A growing number of companies have discovered that they can build employees' loyalty, increase their productivity and improve their job satisfaction by providing programs that help them achieve financial wellness.
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Can You Hear Me Now? Unilateral Deafness Is Not an ADA Disability

April 3, 2013
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This case is significant because it proves the exception—that a subset of diagnosed medical conditions exists that does not qualify as an ADA-protected disability.
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More Employees Driven to Auto-Enroll for Retirement Plans

March 28, 2013
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While more workers are chipping in for their golden years, the level of contributions continues to lag. Experts say the current 3 percent doesn't cut it. Between 10 and 12 percent is more like it.
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More Employers Looking to Impose Wellness Program Nonparticipation Penalties in 2014

March 25, 2013
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Fifty-eight percent of employers are looking to impose penalties on employees who do not participate in health and wellness programs in the coming years, according to a survey published by Aon Hewitt.
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Accommodating Disabled Job Applicants is No Game

March 20, 2013
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If a job applicant needs an accommodation to complete the interview process, and it does not impose an undue burden, provide it. If it turns out that someone cannot perform the essential functions of the job even with an accommodation, you are within your rights to deny employment. You cannot make that determination, however, unless you consider them for the job first.
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Yes, They Worry: Nearly Half of U.S. Workers Uncertain About Retirement

March 19, 2013
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Despite the recovering U.S. economy, almost all American workers feel uncertain about their ability to live comfortably in retirement, according to a survey conducted by the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
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Paying Employees for Accrued Vacation Upon Termination—Yay or Nay?

March 18, 2013
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According to the court, the employee handbook clearly stated that accrued vacation is forfeited to an employee upon termination. To me, however, such as policy is draconian and overbearing. Instead, consider limiting vacation and other paid time off forfeitures to “for cause” terminations.
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Workforce Bags Second Straight Neal Award

March 15, 2013
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The magazine won a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Senior Writer Rita Pyrillis’ in-depth look at employer-sponsored health care.
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Majority of Employers Want to Improve Health Care Plan Efficiency, Reduce Costs: Survey

March 12, 2013
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Most employers plan to find ways to improve the efficiency of their health care plans rather than shift employees and retirees to insurance exchanges, according to a recent Towers Watson & Co. survey.
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