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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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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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In the Dark
Although storing and sharing important information about benefits spending has become easier and more affordable through cloud technology, a new survey finds benefit managers at global companies remain in the dark about employee-benefit spending regarding core insurance plans.
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Class Appeal
Although Starbucks is getting a lot of attention for the new tuition-assistance program it offers employees, at least one other company offers even-more-generous educational benefits.
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Same-Sex Benefits
Don't look now, but same-sex benefits just went from "cutting edge" to "needed yesterday." As a result, employers across the country must make immediate -- and in some cases, retroactive -- changes on a number of fronts, including tax withholding and eligibility for employee benefits.
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If we want to attract and retain both older and younger workers, we must find ways to combine the real issues of people's lives with employee-benefits design.
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