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Articles by Rebecca Vesely

Depression Leads in Top Risk Factors for Employer Health Spending

November 28, 2012
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Annual medical spending for an employee with depression is $2,185 higher, or 48 percent more, than for a worker without depression, according to a new study.
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Companies Aim to Improve Wellness of Telecommuting, Traveling Employees, Too

October 30, 2012
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Employers are tailoring wellness offerings to suit staffs that aren't in the office. Programs must be “highly timely, personalized and relevant,” an expert says.
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Tougher Law in Hawaii Aims to Protect Harassed Workers

October 30, 2012
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Although many employers are complying with Act 206, some 'felt that it didn't need to be required,' notes employer group attorney.
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Happy Holiday: More Executives Are Taking Vacation

October 9, 2012
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Completely unplugging from the office is still a challenge, although about 50 percent of CFOs in a recent survey said they didn't check in while checked out.
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Gay-Rights Advocates Urge Employers Not to Be in a Hurry to Drop Domestic-Partner Benefits

September 24, 2012
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Although same-sex marriage is legal in some states, 'It's not as straightforward as one might think,' says Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign. Opposite-sex and same-sex marriage are still not an 'apples-to-apples comparison,' she says.
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Shaping Up: Workplace Wellness in the '80s and Today

July 18, 2012
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To celebrate Workforce Management's 90th anniversary, we're running a series of articles looking at important workforce-related issues with a then-and-now theme. This installment examines wellness programs in the 1980s and today. In September, we will look at the 1990s and technology.
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Program Helps Long-Term Disabled Workers Return to Work by Crossing Finish Line

July 17, 2012
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Insurance giant Cigna Corp. partners with a New York health organization to put long-term disabled workers on the track to good health and re-entry into the workforce.
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Employers Can Do More to Help Workers Avoid Missteps When Choosing a Health Plan

June 19, 2012
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A new study by the Pacific Business Group on Health reveals that most workers don't understand the terminology used by health plans and aren't able to accurately figure out which plan will offer them the most benefits at the least cost.
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Emergency Alaska Preacher: The 'EAP' of the Last Frontier

May 8, 2012
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An oil and gas company operating in Alaska has an employee assistance program in place, but says such a plan might not be able to react quickly enough, given the remote setting. A firm offering in-house chaplain services is there to fill the void.
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