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Here’s to 2018 — Wellness, Harassment and Tax Reform’s Effect on Drug Prices

Will the EEOC’s wellness guidance get sorted out? Will harassment finally get its day in court? And then there’s soaring drug prices.

The author and her great aunt stand atop a peak in Slovenia that overlooks Bohinj Valley, part of Triglav National Park. A sojourn back to Slovenia awaits in 2018. It’s the end of 2017, which means I’ve thinking a lot about what I’m looking forward to in 2018. There are the personal thoughts, like my extended family’s pilgrimage to Slovenia,…

Seeking a New Normal in Family Benefits

One company does its due diligence and creates an enticing family friendly benefits package.

Having recently finished a feature for Workforce about paid family leave, I’ve been in a family-friendly benefits bubble for the past few months. That’s why I found a conversation with Daniel Polich and Katie Combs particularly interesting. Polich is a breast-feeding advocate at Aeroflow Healthcare, a medical device company in Asheville, North Carolina. Katie Combs is the chief culture officer…

2017: Year of the Comprehensive Paid Leave Laws

Employment law professionals outline the important paid family leave legislation that has been passed in the U.S. this year and the key dates employers must be aware of in 2018 and beyond.

Several state and local paid family and medical leave laws were enacted in 2017. The year 2017 brought the enactment of several significant state and local paid family and medical leave laws. These new laws do not always align with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or a company’s existing policies — even if the company’s existing policies are…

What the CVS-Aetna Deal Currently Means for Employers

The mega-deal could reshape the health care delivery landscape, according to industry experts.

CVS Health Corp. announced its intention to buy insurance giant Aetna for $69 billion, a move that has been touted as the largest health care deal in decades with the potential to reshape the nation’s health care industry. This deal, announced Dec. 3, is intended to create a one-stop health care provider for both employers and consumers in the individual…

Phased Retirement Largely Ignored Despite Flood of Retirees

With 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily, it would seem that flexible retirement would be a staple benefit within the workforce. It’s not.

Five years ago, top management at Herman Miller realized its workforce wasn’t getting any younger.  The Zeeland, Michigan-based office furniture company had a significant number of baby boomers and saw the potential for its talent to walk out the door at the same time. “We needed to create a process that benefited both sides of the equation,” said Tony Cortese,…

Employers Should Consider a Prescription Drug Use Policy to Avoid Lawsuits

If your workers are engaged in safety-sensitive duties, know if they are using prescription medications.

The issue of privacy has become a matter of paramount importance in modern life, particularly with regards to medical issues. Health care professionals and their assistants are constrained from revealing a person’s medical history and treatment without the express permission of their patients. However, in the workplace, liability can attach to an employer if an employee causes an accident, and…

Finding Agility in Employee Mobility

How flexible relocation packages are helping companies meet customer needs on a budget.

Busy HR professionals now have one more task to add to their to-do list — relocation manager. “When the economic crisis occurred, HR and relocation departments both took a hit,” said Melissa Seitz Medford, consulting services manager for TRC Global, an employee relocation company in Philadelphia. That caused many companies to merge the two teams, or to eliminate relocation experts…

Work Stress and the ADA

What are an employer’s obligations under the ADA to accommodate a mental health disorder when the thing inducing the stress and anxiety is the workplace?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about stress, and the anxiety it can cause. Stress-induced anxiety can cripple someone. According to the Anxiety and Depressions Association of America: 72 percent of people who have daily stress and anxiety say it interferes with their lives at least moderately. 40 percent experience persistent stress or excessive anxiety in their daily lives. 30 percent…

Benefits Round-Up: Domestic Abuse, Extra Vacation and Ingrained Health Attitudes

Difficult stories have been populating the business news space this past month, but there are some under-the-radar stories to note as well.

This month has been a rough month in the business news space, with sexual harassment in the spotlight and open enrollment stressing people out in both the individual and employer markets. I’m working on a separate post about open enrollment (feel free to contact me via email, twitter or the comment section below if you have valuable thoughts about open…