As of mid-August, of the more than 12 lawsuits brought against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act four are of any significance, legal experts say.
Articles by Lisa Beyer
The promise of big health care savings for employers has yet to materialize. ‘Employers are not risk takers, and there’s the concern that if something bad happened to an employee in a distant country, they would be liable,’ says one benefits expert.
Besides health benefits and savings plans, large and small employers are finding catered meals, fitness classes and holiday presents for families work to retain key players and entice new workers to join.
The American with Disabilities Act Amendments took effect in January 2009, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines for the legislation were not issued until this past March. Coupled with health care reform rules, the implications for pregnant women and new moms in the workplace may be significant.
First introduced in 1982, insurance policies for pets have grown in popularity and are now offered by thousands of employers. It’s a benefit that costs nothing for employers, and requires little, if any, administration, while providing affordable group rates to employees.
Are benefits managers following blogs or social media to help them make informed decisions, and if so, which ones are they following? Which human resources bloggers do they trust and what kinds of information are they seeking?
Issues include developing new ways to deliver and manage health benefits and keeping current with legislation and administration requirements. Are employers keeping up, or waiting to see what unfolds?
The days of distributing paper insurance contracts and summary plan descriptions are dying out as virtual fairs and quirky videos inform employees and their families about their benefits options.
While workplace issues such as bedbugs, social media and background checks have been heavily covered in the mainstream and business media, a recent top 10 list indicates that HR frets about such day-to-day issues as FMLA, performance management, discipline and termination.
Rewarding employees goes beyond pay and benefits, especially in a tight economy where pay raises are still averaging 3 percent. ‘Rewarder’ companies, which are repairing cultures and striving to enhance cooperation at all levels, are outpacing their competition when it comes to engaging the workforce.