Tag: benefits

Voluntary Benefits Can Help Employers Both Attract and Retain Employees

As a consultant who feels strongly about providing employees with both choice and value in their overall benefits package, I am heartened to see that employers increasingly see voluntary benefits as a means of enriching their core benefits plan by allowing employees to choose more personalized benefits.  However, it is important to focus on providing […]

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How to Enhance Your Healthcare Offerings in a Tight Labor Market

The post-pandemic race is on to attract new employees—and as HR and finance executives both know, the solution can’t always be higher wages. Fortunately, other factors still mean a lot to jobseekers in the revived economy. Casual Fridays and office snack bars may help, but as research shows, health insurance is still at or near […]

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Using Routine to Fight Procrastination

Few people can claim to be entirely immune from procrastination, whether in their personal or professional life. At one point or another, almost everyone falls into the habit of continually putting off unpleasant work or tasks. Attacking the Tendency to Procrastinate People procrastinate for a variety of reasons, such as the desire to avoid difficult […]

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Recruiting with a Well-Balanced Benefit Offering

When job candidates consider which position is best for them, benefits can be the factor that tips them from one company to another. As an indirect form of compensation, benefits fuel their quality of life. The responsibility of any good company is to provide fair, competitive, and livable benefit options. Therefore, it’s crucial that companies […]

Optimism Bias

Popular culture is awash with overt and subconscious messages instructing us to think positively. From children’s stories about the “Little Engine that Could” and his mantra of “I think I can. I think I can” to self-help books for adults professing the genuine, mystical power of positive thought, the message is clear: It’s positive to […]

Benefits Expert Shares Lessons of the Pandemic

We’ll likely spend the next 10 years understanding everything the pandemic has changed about work. One of the fields that saw rapid and constant change is employee benefits. But what, precisely, changed and why? What works now? What does not? Today’s “Faces of HR” guest spills the beans.

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New Employer Benefits for the Post-COVID World

The pandemic’s sweeping impacts shifted how, when, and where millions of people work. Firms that previously did not allow remote working under any circumstances changed their tune and offered flexible working options. As part of this broader change, companies also altered the benefits they offered to new hires and existing workers. As the pandemic fades […]

FMLA

Consequences for Failure to Recertify

An employee had to recertify his qualifying condition because of an established pattern of potential Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) misuse, but he failed to cooperate with the recertification process and didn’t provide the requested information. If he seeks FMLA protection for future absences, should we deny the request, or are we required to […]

3 DEI Practices Companies Can Implement Immediately

People are demanding more from their employers when it comes to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. After years of limited progress, is now the time for a breakthrough? With all the attention on DEI over the past year and growing momentum from employees, HR teams have their CEO’s ear. Now more than ever, […]

Employer’s Ambiguous Communications Lead to Trial in FMLA Case

Ambiguous and confusing communications by an employer and benefits administrator to an employee about her Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and short-term disability (STD) leave requests created issues of fact for a trial to decide, a federal district court in Columbus recently ruled. Facts Abby Knaup worked for Molina Healthcare of Ohio from April […]