The statistics on type 2 diabetes are staggering but the condition that precedes it presents a window of opportunity for employers to have a real, positive impact on employee health.
Workforce science uses data gleaned from a number of sources pre-employment personality assessments, employer data (everything from how long a persons been in the job to how many vacation days theyve taken to where theyre located and who their manager is) and publicly available macroeconomic data from government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help determine which applicants are more likely to stay on the job, which in turn lowers attrition and recruiting costs.
Despite an improving economy, American employers continue to be cautious with pay increases for employees.
Many job seekers view seasonal retail positions as commodity jobs they dont necessarily care where they work because its short-term and the pay is similar wherever they go. For employers, that means they can encounter difficulty finding the best talent.
A recent technical release issued by the U.S. Department of Labor imposes severe dollar limits on employers wanting to make pre-tax contributions to the medical flexible spending accounts for eligible employees.
Over the next decade, the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase by 30%, and improvements in both detection and treatment have led cancer to become, in some cases, more of a chronic condition than a terminal illness.
Employers are spending more money to keep their employees healthy, even if it means sacrificing other benefits.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions vigorous zeal for employer compliance with the Americans with Disability Act is not showing any signs of letting up. As a result, legal advisers in the labor and employment field recommend that employers of all sizes conduct a thorough review of their policies and accommodations.
Garrett Fenton, an employee benefits specialist with D.C.-based legal firm Miller & Chevalier, says that the time is right for employers to double down and get their paperwork processed in anticipation of 2015s employer mandate for the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that, as applied to closely held corporations, Obamacares contraception mandate requiring employers to provide workers with no-cost access to contraception violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reaction to the case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was swift, although most legal experts believe it is not likely to have broad implications for the majority of employer-sponsored health care plans.
Multiple vendors providing best-of-breed solutions that are not integrated with each other present budgeting, deployment and management costs and challenges for benefit managers.
Still in their infancy, private exchanges present a tremendous opportunity to rein in health care spending and help HR deal with more pressing issues. But what makes a good one, and how are they growing?]
Public HR departments may need to tweak their traditional management and operational techniques to be more in line with the private sector, as tax revenues grow shorter and employees' needs become more complex.
There are few smiles as the ACAs effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences and complicate access for employees.
The National Business Group on Health this week recognized 63 U.S. employers for their continued efforts in promoting healthy work environments and encouraging employee wellness.