Tag: wellness

Maximize the Impact of Your Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have been around for decades, and your company likely has one. You may not pay much attention to it, but if you don’t, you may be missing an opportunity to really reap its maximum value. Recently, the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) (businessgrouphealth.org) created a work group charged with a […]

Leverage Social Tendencies to Encourage Wellness

“Corporate culture” is a term tossed around a lot. It’s easy to see why a particular corporate culture may be desirable. After all, it is often cited as the reason for low turnover and high participation in certain types of benefits and programs. You know what corporate culture means, even if you may be unable […]

Top 10 Benefits Trends in 2011

In a time of economic uncertainty, employers are looking for innovative ways to balance the needs of their workforce with the realities of the post-Healthcare Reform era. Kristen Allison, president of Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, a leading employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm based in Orange County, offers insight into today’s hottest trends set to […]

Publication of New ADA and GINA Regulations Delayed

By Burton J. Fishman In a prior notice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that its new Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) regulations would be issued this month and that new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations should be out in July. It now appears those dates were overly optimistic. In a public session […]

Health Plans: HIPAA Nondiscrimination Rules to Take Effect

On July 1, 2007, new rules take effect regarding group health plan compliance with the nondiscrimination provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and wellness programs in particular. The rules are effective on the first day of the plan year beginning on or after July 1, 2007. For calendar year plans, the […]

Employment Law Tip: Firm Up and Slim Down Your Workforce

In light of new evidence that overweight workers are costing U.S. businesses more, many employers may find new motivation to help their workers stay healthy and fit. If you’re not sure where to start or how to get a workplace wellness program up and running, consider the California 5 a Day—Be Active! Worksite Program, developed […]

Employment Law Tip: Avoiding Colds and Flu

The cooler weather that has arrived in many parts of the state has also ushered in cold and flu season—which could mean the beginning of high rates of absenteeism in the workplace. Here are some measures you and your employees can take to help keep everyone healthy and productive:

Employee Benefits: New Health Care Privacy Rules Released; How To Get Ready Now

After being flooded with more than 11,000 comments from the public about proposed changes to federal health care privacy rules, the government has now released new privacy regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Generally, the new rules require health plans and providers to take steps to safeguard an individual’s PHI, or […]