UnumProvident is defending itself against suits by angry workers whose benefits were terminated or rejected. Plaintiffs' attorneys argue that the terminations of benefits are designed to boost company profits. At first, the plaintiffs were just individual policyholders. But now, lawyers are bringing the fight to employers whose workers are covered by UnumProvident group policies.Read More
We are about to implement a wage classification in our manufacturing plant. We have started our employees at the same wage and raised them each year according to job performance, quality of work, and attendance. This new wage classification will make a major impact on many employees--some will make more money and some will make less. We want to add job complexity to the mix, but also willingness to learn and go the extra mile. Some of our employees have become stagnant and need an incentive to reach their potential. What would be the best way to inform the employees of this change and to put it into place?
A large body of examples of how organizations have modified hours, conducted training, and altered their facilities to reduce fatigue.Read More
Despite bad press, cash balance plans are experiencing a renaissance. Many companies are thinking about converting. FedEx and Delta are already there.Read More
Bob Nelson has sold more than 1.5 million books by telling companies how to make small rewards yield big loyalty and productivity bonuses. Critics scoff at a "baubles and trinkets" approach, but Nelson has plenty of believers.Read More
Consumer-driven health care expert Sander Domaszewicz answers questions from Workforce members.Read More
We need to do some downsizing in our organization but would like to give a raise to the remaining staff. Is there a way to do this without looking contradictory? What is the best way to explain this to the staff?
Benefit costs are ripping a hole in the bottom line, and many employers don't see a way out. But some executives find they can still achieve significant savings.Read More
Despite rigorous efforts to control costs and prevent accidents, employers still are seeing staggering premium increases. Here's why the costs keep climbing, and what some companies are doing about it.Read More
The plans include a variety of models designed to compel employees to take a more aggressive role in their health-care purchasing decisions. The idea is to make buying health care more like buying a car.Read More