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How Long Is Too Long for an Unpaid Medical Leave of Absence? Not Two Weeks and a Day

February 27, 2013
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Think long and hard before you deny a request for unpaid time off for an employee's medical issue, and, when in doubt, call your employment counsel for a sanity check.
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FMLA Can Be Used as a Warning System to Prevent Costly Absences: Survey

February 26, 2013
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Employers may be able to use the Family and Medical Leave Act as an early warning system to prevent or minimize costs associated with disability absences. According to a recent report, paying attention to FMLA claims gives employers the chance to connect employees with employee assistance programs and other existing health benefits.
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Caring for Workers Who Care for Mom

February 21, 2013
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There are nearly 10 million adult children over 50 who are responsible for an aging parent, and that is costing companies up to $34 billion a year due to absenteeism and other issues affecting productivity.
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New-Look Health Risk Assessments Employ a Social Strategy

February 20, 2013
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One company is enticing insurers by blending the traditional HRA with social networking, mobile technology, games and behavioral psychology.
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Cancer Poses a Growing Challenge to Employers

February 14, 2013
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Care for cancer patients costs employers an estimated $264 billion a year in health care costs and lost productivity, although cancer strikes just 1.6 percent of the workforce.
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Working in Candy Land

February 14, 2013
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Bowls of sweets may be filled with the best of intentions, but it can take a vat full of self-restraint to keep from eating that second, third or even fourth peanut butter cup.
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Pre-existing Perspective: New York Court Rules Against Reimbursing Employer

February 11, 2013
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A New York Appellate court ruled that an injured worker's diabetes and obesity do not qualify as pre-existing conditions.
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Business Group Pushes for Health Prices

February 4, 2013
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With more employees enrolling in high-deductible health plans, a nonprofit business group endeavors to pull back the curtain on health costs. In a statement, the Catalyst for Payment Reform pushes for not only more information but also better cost-calculating tools for consumers.
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Education Is Key to an Ergonomically Sound Workplace

January 25, 2013
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Emphasizing ergonomic workspaces can lead to a healthier workforce, lower costs and a stronger business overall.
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