Author Archives: Jennifer Moesch

Employee Sponsored Coverage Mandate for Birth Control Under Fire

Even before Donald Trump set foot in the oval office, he’s had his eye on health reform, but broader efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare) have fallen short. Now, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHHS), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the […]

Why You No Longer Have to Worry About That Pesky Overtime Rule

A federal court recently determined that the Obama-era changes to the Department of Labor overtime rule represented an overstep of the agency’s power and, in some aspects, was even unlawful!  To back up, Congress enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) in 1938 to ensure that “employees engaged in commerce receive not less than the […]

How to Accommodate Employees with Food Allergies

Daycares, schools, airlines and even public parks have in recent years taken steps to ban known food allergens, such as peanuts, in order to keep those with allergies safe. But what do you do if you have a person in your office that has a food allergen? Well, technically, having a food allergy may be […]

ADHD has to be Accommodated Under ADA, State Agency Rules

When it comes to matters of accommodating individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), most companies will tell you that just about every ailment and condition is covered. But what about attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Recently, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), a state agency that has the […]

New Study Highlights What Employees Want from their HR Department

A newly released survey of employees suggests that their number one request of their HR execs is increased communication. The study, aptly titled “What Every Employee Wants From Their HR Team” included the responses of more than 1200 employees, categorized by whether they were in-office, remote or in non-desk roles. “Regardless of of their work […]

How to Prevent Pre-Burnout

We’ve all been warned about the perils of employee  burnout, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t occur overnight. Instead, it happens in a series of stages, which also means that it can oftentimes be reversed if caught early enough. HR Grapevine dubs this pre-burnout stage as a brownout. In the brownout phases, people […]

How to Support Employees Through Grief

They say that in life there are only two certainties: Death and taxes. While most companies have a slew of procedures and protocol in place for dealing with taxes, very few have a standard operating procedure for helping employees deal with the loss of a loved one, besides perhaps ordering some flowers and granting them […]

How Pre Employment Screening Creates A Safer Workplace

Creating a safe working environment is the main objective for business owners. Some industries are naturally more stressful than others, which puts their employees at a higher risk for injury and mental illness. Among them are health care, utilities, oil and gas production, and construction. Work environments that place high physical demands on employees are […]

Why Payroll Outsourcing Is Beneficial to a Company

More businesses are choosing to outsource their payroll needs to focus attention on the core functions of their business. Non-core functions do not directly affect the success of a business. Payroll and administrative activities are considered non-core activities, which is why business owners are encouraged to outsource them. Business managers understand the importance of streamlining […]

Three Strategies to Reduce Turnover Among Hourly Wage Workers

When it comes to retaining employees, we often focus on salaried workers and all the perks we can offer in order to keep buns in seats. However, recent research suggests that the turnover rate among hourly workers is a staggering 49 percent among hourly wage workers – which is particularly troubling when you consider that […]

One in Four Employees Don’t Use their Dental Benefits, Do You?

Results of a new study suggest that one in four employees who have dental insurance aren’t using their benefits due to concerns about cost. Specifically, the study found that the employees had forgone routine dental cleanings and check-ups in the past 12 months – even though these services are generally covered by dental insurance – […]