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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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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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Benefits Column

HR and employee-benefit leaders want to move beyond debates about physical wellness to discussions around a host of underlying issues.
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