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Articles by Charlotte Huff

Volunteering on the Job Clock

August 30, 2010
Corporations that provide employees paid time off to volunteer typically pursue one of two routes: setting a designated volunteer day or providing a block of paid hours annually. Which approach works best depends upon the employees involved, as well as what company officials want to achieve through the volunteer initiative, experts say.
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Special Report on Health Benefits Butting In

August 19, 2010
More employers are hitting workers in the pocketbook by adopting financial penalties to curb risky health behaviors such as smoking or, conversely, using incentives to encourage healthy habits like losing weight. Experts say careful program design is key to avoiding legal and privacy issues.
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Shedding Pounds, Premium Dollars

August 19, 2010
Last year the Alabama State Employees' Insurance Board decided to try the carrot approach to encourage employees to undergo wellness screenings and obtain medical help. Now all employees who are screened receive a $25 monthly discount on their 2010 health insurance premiums.
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Measuring Health Risk Surveys vs. Screening

August 16, 2010
Hiring clinicians to check employee blood pressure and other risk factors is typically more costly than simply asking workers to fill out a survey. But is the additional cost and effort worth it? Researchers and other experts differ regarding which companies might benefit, and why.
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Laparoscopic Surgeries The Better Surgical Cut

May 5, 2010
In an analysis prior to the initiative, a Colorado Springs school district determined that its employees’ use of laparoscopy already had saved nearly $1 million over a two-year period. That savings translates to at least $6 per member per month for the district, which is self-funded.
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