Tag: health

Get Your Team Physically Active Virtually

Of all the impacts a massive shift to remote work has had on employees and workplace culture, physical activity probably doesn’t top the list in most people’s minds; but there can be noticeable changes in an employee’s productivity, engagement and overall mental state based on changes in their level of activity, and while reducing the […]

Employee’s COBRA Rights Forfeited Due to Employer’s Plan Termination

COBRA’s protection only arises upon the occurrence of a “qualifying event.” In other words, COBRA is triggered any time an employee or a dependent loses group health plan coverage. For COBRA to apply, there must be a loss of coverage caused by one of the specific statutory events: termination or reduction in hours of employment, […]

FSA

New Law Allows Employers to Make Temporary Changes to FSAs

On December 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act into law. It makes temporary changes to rules governing health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and allows employers that sponsor the plans to provide employees with more time to use the benefits. Here […]

Former VP of HR at Playboy Discusses Progressive HR and Transparency

Not all workplaces are created equal, but that doesn’t mean equality can’t be the focus at every workplace. In this issue of “Faces of HR,” I interview an HR professional who has navigated drastically different workplaces, from Playboy Enterprises to Cars.com to her current role at ActiveCampaign. All along, her focus has been on HR […]

engagement

3 Ways HR Departments and Public Health Officers Can Join Forces

If the pandemic has taught businesses one thing, it is the importance of adaptability and community. Our ability to change and respond to new challenges has been put to the test nearly monthly, as new business protocols and safety measures become the new normal. Most importantly, this pandemic has also taught us—as individuals, businesses, organizations, […]

How One Company Supports Employees with Mental Health Issues

Mental health awareness seems to be at an all-time high among employers. Articles, webinars, and online HR events have all focused on this important issue. But where does that leave the countless employees out there right now suffering from a wave of mental health concerns? I recently spoke about the issue with Betty Thompson, EVP […]

skills

Closing the Skills Gap Starts with Enablement

The growing skills gap, despite many other important concerns this year, is something leaders should pay serious attention to. Increased job automation, disrupted talent availability, and the rapid shift to a more digital workforce have led to an abrupt need for companies to support continuous reskilling. Staying competitive in the near future and beyond means […]

Medicare

Want to Require Medicare Enrollment? Size Matters

Q. Can we make it mandatory for employees to enroll in Medicare upon turning age 65 even if they don’t plan on retiring and continue using the group medical plan? If so, how must this be communicated to employees approaching Medicare eligibility?