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FMLA Redefines the Family Relationship
A recent update to the FMLA extends family and medical-leave rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages. So, what does this new definition of spouse mean for HR?
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Redirecting the Mental-Health Discussion
A recent study finds more than 60 percent of employers saying the stigma surrounding mental-health issues in the workplace has either stayed the same or increased in the past two years. What can HR do to help reverse this troubling trend?
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Dependent Care's Disappearing Act?
With its recent tax-reform plan, the White House is seeking to eliminate flexible spending accounts related to caring for children and aging parents, while also trying to broaden current limitations. Experts discuss the HR aspects of the proposed changes and how they would affect employees -- and their loved ones.
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Fair Play ... Or Not?
Employers debate the merits and challenges of changing domestic-benefits policy for employees living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
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Biometrics in the Workplace
While the use of biometrics continues to emerge in the workplace, at least one group is pushing back against its use: employees.
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Pressing for PBM Transparency
Recent recommendations from a Department of Labor federal advisory panel are giving a boost to the decade-long effort by corporate employee-health plans to get more information from pharmacy benefit managers.
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The ACA and the Bottom Line
Four years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, a new survey looks into how the healthcare law has affected organizations' budgets and employment strategies.
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Wellness and the Bottom Line
The results of a five-year study find that wellness plans need to include employee incentives and disease management in order to produce real savings at an organizational level.
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Low Grades for Benefits Education
With a new survey finding only a third of employees happy with the level of benefits education provided by their employers, experts offer ways HR leaders can better inform their workforces about making the best benefits choices for their needs.
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A New Trend in Wellness
When it comes to determining the return-on-investment from wellness, a growing number of companies appear to be looking at factors other than medical-cost reduction.
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Benefits Column

A conversation with employee-wellness expert Bob Merberg reveals that paid leave -- a topic President Obama brought up in his State of the Union in January as he pushed for passage of the Healthy Families Act -- is not only beneficial for workers and their families, but good for employers too.
A Matter of Dignity Jan 14, 2015
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