Is Healthcare Spending Beginning to Stabilize?
By Michael J. O'Brien
Despite continuing to grow at double-digit levels in 2012, two reports predict the rate of healthcare spending by employers will begin to stabilize or slow next year. But at least one expert warns: Don't be fooled by the headlines.
Check-up, Change and Choice
By Tracy Watts and Sharon Cunninghis
There are both challenges and opportunities in the new era of healthcare reform, experts say, so employers should continue to monitor the situation closely. Beginning in the fall of 2013, employee communication and enrollment should include information about subsidies, exchanges, Medicaid and enrollment options.
Rooting Out Domestic Violence
By Bob Calandra
A recently released study has found that many employee-assistance programs do not have a policy that would specifically help identify individuals who abuse -- or have the potential to abuse -- their intimate partners.
Supervisor Liability and FMLA Leave
By Mark McGraw
In the case of Haybarger vs. Lawrence County Adult Probation and Parole
, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals recognized for the first time that a supervisor at a private employer may be held individually liable for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Healthcare: Cash Comes In, Jobs Go Out
By Kristen B. Frasch
A survey by ADP shows companies of all sizes are choosing to outsource benefits administration because of the ever-increasing compliance complexity of, not just healthcare reform, but other benefits-related acts as well.
Free Online Resources
By Carol Patton
An interactive weight-loss program.
Online and Beneficial
By Carol Patton
Benefit portals and websites now include a variety of online tools to help employees shape up.
Make Workplace Wellness Work
By Dave Miller
Creating competition within an organization may make it easier for employees to get healthy and stay fit. And studies show that those employees are more productive, call in sick less often and visit the doctor less frequently.
Is the Price Right?
By Peter Rousmaniere
The rise of high-deductible plans is leading more organizations to demand "price transparency" from their healthcare providers.
By WorkersComp Forum of Risk & Insurance®
Fatigue -- described as a decreased state of alertness -- may impair a worker's safety, health and productivity, costing employers billions of dollars each year.
What Comes Next?
By Andrew R. McIlvaine, Senior Editor
Lots of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of being required by law to purchase health insurance. And sometime soon -- probably later this month -- the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word on the matter when it announces its ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
By Marlene Prost
In an effort to help employees better understand their benefit options -- and make them partners in the effort to control costs -- some companies are making serious changes to their benefits-communication strategies.