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DOL Eyes Easing of Health-Plan Groups

A proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor that makes it easier for small businesses to join together to create health plans is eliciting mixed reactions from employers that are unsure of what this could mean for their health care costs.

HR Addresses Pay Wage Gap

Closing the wage gap for women and minorities is a goal that many employers support, but accomplishing it in their workplace is a daunting task that requires sifting through complex HR data. Starting this year, they will be required to…

Building a Sexism-Free Workplace

Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on national origin, sex and religion. Yet despite federal, state and municipal protections for workers, it remains a persistent problem,…

Advancing Pot Laws Put Employers in the Weeds

It was a banner year for marijuana-use advocates as a number of states passed laws in November that approved its medical or recreational use. It also creates new challenges for employers as they develop drug-free workplace policies. [caption id="attachment_24048" align="alignright"…

Minorities and Wellness

In 2002 Prudential Financial’s employee wellness program had a participation rate that many employers would envy, but when executives examined who was signing up, they discovered that African-Americans were greatly underrepresented. They developed a new communications strategy to get more…

Workplace Deaths Spike Despite Safety Upgrades

Workplace deaths and injuries are on the rise, having reached their highest levels since 2008, despite dramatic improvements in worker-safety practices over the past few decades. According to a recent study by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that…

A Transgender Transition in the Workplace

While legal campaigns targeting the rights of LGBT people seem to be mushrooming across the country, a growing number of employers are leading the way in supporting the rights of transgender people in the workplace. From Target Corp.’s recent announcement…

Building a Wellness Program 101

While large employers are leading the way in corporate wellness, smaller companies that have been struggling to catch up are getting some help from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which recently released a step-by-step guide to designing a successful wellness…