Benefits

The Pulse on Health Care Pricing

With prices of medical procedures fluctuating wildly, companies are putting costs under the microscope.

With prices of medical procedures fluctuating wildly, companies are putting costs under the microscope

Failing to Communicate With Employees With Disabilities Is an Easy Way to Buy an ADA Lawsuit

Communication between an employer and a disabled employee is the key to avoiding problems under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Do not commit the cardinal ADA sin of having a failure to communicate.

Two Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the past two weeks illustrate the risk that employers take when they fail to talk to employees about possible accommodations. The EEOC brought suit against Kmart, claiming that the retailer refused to consider alternate per-employment drug testing other than urinalysis for an applicant with kidney issues….

More Companies Offer Pet Insurance as an Employee Benefit

Companies struggle to locate, attract, and retain the best employees. Thinking outside the box with employee benefits is one way to attract, and keep, good employees.

We love our pets. This year, it is estimated that we will spend more than $55 billion on them. More than $14 billion of that total will be for veterinary care alone. Vet bills are expensive, and often unplanned and unbudgeted. Given our emotional attachment to our pets, we pay them, regardless of the cost. To mitigate the unexpected nature…

FMLA Now Covers Same-Sex Spouses (Sort of)

This signals that we are thankfully moving down a path to where someday, thankfully, this issue will no longer be open to debate or discussion.

This signals that we are thankfully moving down a path to where someday, thankfully, this issue will no longer be open to debate or discussion.

Overturn of DOMA Opens Policy Options for Employers

The ruling’s impact may be greatest for smaller businesses that don’t have comprehensive coverage packages for LGBT workers.

The ruling’s impact may be greatest for smaller businesses that don’t have comprehensive coverage packages for LGBT workers.