Tag: benefits and compensation

Federal Appeals Court Finds Town’s Decision Not to Reappoint Employee on FMLA Leave Lawful

The town of Kingston didn’t violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or state disability discrimination laws when it decided not to reappoint an employee on FMLA leave to her position after her predetermined term expired, the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Massachusetts employers) recently ruled, upholding a lower court’s opinion. […]

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Debt Matters: Employers Are Missing a Key Benefit Need Among Workers

health care and retirement, like building emergency savings and repaying student debt. But are the new financial wellness benefits really helping workers avoid financial hardship? While retirement savings accounts and health insurance benefits are common offerings for full-time employees at large companies, and many employers have begun offering student loan repayment support in recent years, […]

Tips for Navigating Pay Raise Roller Coaster in 2022

The apparent lack of qualified workers has become a well-publicized conundrum during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can’t drive by a retail establishment without seeing a “help wanted” sign in the window. Theories abound about why jobs are going unfilled. It’s common to assume the answer is to offer higher pay rates. Although the variables in […]

Six Criteria for Evaluating a Self-Service Model for Voluntary Benefits

If you provide your employees with voluntary benefits, you’ve most likely considered offering them through face-to-face annual enrollment meetings or over the phone. While these enrollment methods may still be considered valid approaches, those traditional norms are changing. The pandemic has obviously impacted access to employees. In fact, a reported 50% of the workforce is […]

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Information Isn’t Enough: Why Employees Managing Chronic Conditions Experience Treatment-Related Burnout

Six in 10 Americans live with at least 1 chronic condition, such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. As an employer or HR manager, you’re undoubtedly aware that acute events related to these conditions can adversely affect employees’ health and work productivity. But did you also know that, as a result of managing chronic conditions, […]

Aligning Incentives

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of aligning employee incentives in order to optimize cooperation and collective action within an organization. Even the strongest leaders will struggle to achieve that cohesiveness if team members’ purpose doesn’t match. In this post, we discuss some strategies for tempering competing motivations and improving alignment. Holistic Incentives […]

Get Ready, Get Set, Pivot! Soft Benefits Requests on the Rise in 2022

Whether on the front line or in upper management, employees who span a wide range of industries are looking for benefits beyond traditional fringe benefits such as medical, dental, and vision. Those other benefits, known as soft benefits, include perks like remote work options and flex scheduling and are expected to increase in demand even […]

Former Employees Can’t Sue Employers Under Utah’s Mini-COBRA Statute

In Greek mythology, Panacea was the goddess of universal remedy. She supposedly had a potion of herbs to cure almost any ailment. From the fabled goddess, the English language has adopted the word “panacea” to mean a cure-all or solution to all problems. Often, filing a lawsuit is seen as the way to get all […]

Make Sure Your Parental Leave Policy Is Ready for Post-COVID-19 Baby Boom

Early during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was speculation about a baby boom in the coming months because couples were spending virtually all their time at home together, perhaps with too much “downtime.” An immediate boom ended up not occurring, according to a recent study by University of Michigan researchers. But, the slight pause in pregnancy and childbirths […]

Ruling Helps Employers Ending Union Pension Funding

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Michigan employers) recently issued a long-awaited decision about the appropriateness of interest rate assumptions used by union pension funds to calculate withdrawal liability. The court affirmed a district court’s opinion holding the Ohio Operating Engineers Pension Fund’s use of the “Segal Blend” violated the Employee Retirement […]