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Survey: Employers scaling back dependent coverage

Results of the 2014 Aon Hewitt Health Care Survey, which included 1,234 employers, reveals that just over one-fifth of businesses have already reduced the amount of money they’re willing to contribute toward dependent coverage. Further, an additional 50 percent plan to do so over the next five years. According to the survey, 10 percent of […]

Survey: Low-tech channels best for communicating employee benefits info

Results of Prudential’s Eighth Annual Study of Employee Benefits: Today and Beyond reveals that face-to-face meetings continue to be the most successful means to communicate benefits information to employees, despite an increased interest in digital communication methods. In the survey, 74% of the firms in the study reported having “great” or “moderate” success with seminars […]

In the news: Average American works 6-day work week

A recent Gallup poll suggests that the average American works just under 47 hours per week, which is just one hour shy of a “traditional” 6-day work week. In the survey, which was based on a random sample of 1,032 adults, 18% of poll respondents reported working 60+ hours per week, 21% reported working 50-59 […]

In the news: Can you fire a domestic abuser?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, chances are you’ve heard all about Baltimore Raven’s player Ray Rice’s recent domestic abuse issue and the subsequent handling – or mishandling, depending on how you see it – of his continued position within the National Football League. From a human resources perspective, […]

In the News: Federal Appeals Court amends ruling on telecommuting benefits

A federal appeals court has overturned a recent “historic” ruling under which a court stated that employers may have to prove an employee’s physical presence at work is essential before refusing a workers right to telecommute. In the initial case, EEOC vs Ford Motor Co., an employee with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) requested a telecommuting […]

In the News: SHRM debuts new certification program

The Society for Human Resource Management has released its new certification program, the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge. The certification, which was first announced in May, is designed to cover people, organization, workplace and strategy operations and also incorporate the knowledge required to perform specific HR activities, according to a September 11 statement from […]

Law & Order: Massachusetts enacts domestic violence leave act

Massachusetts recently became the first state to enact legislation that provides victims of physical or mental domestic violence leave from their work. While this law is only currently relevant in the one New England state, as with many employment laws, it could be only a matter of time before similar regulations are passed in your […]

In the News: Survey reveals top desires of millennial job seekers

A new survey led by employee success platform Achievers and student guidance platform ConnectEDU outlines what recent college graduates expect of the workplace and what companies in search of new talent should expect from them. According to a press release announcing the results, a whopping 72 percent of respondents are optimistic about their job prospects […]

In the News: Obamacare reporting requirements for ALEs in 2015

Who’d have thought that one of the most complicated facets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) would be figuring out which parts of the law actually apply to your business based on its size? Enter the IRS, who earlier this month issued additional guidance about how those full-time (FT) […]