To reduce health costs and boost productivity, Blue Shield of California has shaken things up with its ‘Wellvolution’ program. The company redesigned employee cafeterias and added ‘walkstations’ to some cubicles, enabling staffers to work out while they work. Like Blue Shield, some companies are becoming more creative with their wellness strategies.
Efforts to bar employment discrimination against gays on a national level date back to 1974, and the ENDA legislation itself has floundered in Congress since 1994. Opponents contend the act would create a more litigious workplace.
The latest version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is likely to include both sexual orientation and gender identity, unlike some past iterations of the federal bill. But including transgenders will make ENDA’s passage more uncertain.