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Increasing HR's DOL-Audit Awareness
When it comes to audits of organizations' employee-benefit plans, a recent federal report shows there's much more work to be done, and experts say HR leaders can play a vital role in defending against threats to workers' nest eggs.
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EAP 2.0
Employee-assistance programs just aren't what they used to be -- and that's good news for both employers and workers.
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Coaching Millennials on Health
New research finds millennials more open than other generations to having their managers play an active role in encouraging them to get healthy. How can HR make the most of this opportunity?
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Wellness-Incentive Guidance on the Way
By Mark McGraw
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently proposed a rule designed to provide guidance on the legal use of financial incentives to encourage participation in wellness programs. Experts say employers largely welcome the direction, but must be aware of the changes the new regulations may bring.
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PTO Debate Takes Off
Now that Microsoft announced the vendors it works with must also provide paid-time off leave to their employees, experts predict the move may change the PTO landscape.
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Declining HSA Contributions Connected to ACA?
A recent survey finds employers are scaling back their contributions to employees' health-savings accounts, but experts differ over the effect the nation's new healthcare law has had on such accounts.
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HBLC 2015: Moving the Needle in Benefits
Speakers at this year's Health & Benefits Leadership Conference explore the challenges and opportunities facing wellness, retirement security and more.
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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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During the past quarter century, the Americans with Disabilities Act has had an unanticipated effect on employers and their accommodations of employees who became injured or ill.
In Times of Peril Jun 4, 2015
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