Benefits

How Late Is Too Late for an FMLA Medical Certification?

If an employee fails to provide certification, the employer may deny the FMLA leave.

Under the FMLA, an employee requesting leave for a serious health condition must provide a medical certification for the leave upon request by the employer. The employee has 15 days to return the requested certification, unless it is not practicable to do so under the particular circumstances. If an employee fails to provide certification, the employer may deny the FMLA…

Southwest Soars in BrightScope Inc.’s 2011 List of Top 401(k) Plans

Companies on the list are continuing such trends as improving participation rates, increasing employer matches and lowering total plan costs.

Southwest Airlines took the No. 1 spot on BrightScope Inc.’s third annual year-end list of top 30 401(k) plans in 2011. Companies making the list are continuing the trends of improving participation rates, increasing employer matches and lowering total plan costs.

Improving Employees’ Financial Literacy

Experts agree that it’s tough getting participants to see the importance of investment advice.

While many employers offer some form of investment advice, a recent national survey shows that employees are slow to tap that expertise. One Minneapolis-based construction company has been able to better connect with employees by hosting a series of financial workshops.

10 Keys to a Sensible Overtime Policy

For organizations that use shifts and have extended-hours operations, overtime needs to be handled with care. Here are 10 tips for developing an overtime policy that will reduce the likelihood of safety, health and production problems.

For organizations that use shifts and have extended-hours operations, overtime needs to be handled with care. Here are 10 tips for developing an overtime policy that will reduce the likelihood of safety, health and production problems.

Do Employees Have the Right to Moonlight

Employers are within their rights to expect that employees show up for work ‘present, prompt and prepared.’ If a second or third job disrupts that, employers are within their legal rights to fire those workers. Here are some guidelines that could help keep moonlighting from disrupting your business.

SHRM, Democrats Tangle Over Paid-Sick-Days Bill

SHRM chief operating officer China Miner Gorman warned that the bill would foist new requirements on employers that could turn out to be as difficult and costly to administrate as the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The HR organization’s China Miner Gorman warns that the legislation mandating paid sick days would foist new requirements on employers that could turn out to be as difficult and costly to administer as the Family and Medical Leave Act—whose 200 pages of regulations she held up at the hearing.

Telling the Truth About Rewards Programs

When employees feel respected and appreciated for what they contribute, they are less likely to quit, or become so disaffected that they face firing.

Commentary: With his full-page ad defending a corporate rewards event, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has reminded those who have forgotten—or never knew—that in the free enterprise system, it is a best practice to give people rewards for reaching targeted financial goals.

PBM Transparency May Only Be Skin Deep

A number of employers and PBMs are beginning to see the focus on transparency as an image game, not a sincere effort.

Getting rebates is good, but some employers and pharmacy benefit managers say that the pharmacy benefits industry needs to unequivocally commit to acting on behalf of employers.