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Towers Watson says 2012 open enrollment to feature higher employee premiums, new hurdles for incentives, fewer plan options

September 8th, 2011

With open enrollment season about to begin, many employers remain committed to providing employee health care benefits. However, they will continue to shift costs to employees, consolidate plan choices, emphasize account-based plans and require employees to do more in order to receive incentives, according to experts at Towers Watson.
“Unlike the last few years when many [Read more...]

The Scooter Store violated ADA by refusing to give leave of absence to employee with knee injury, EEOC alleges

September 7th, 2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit alleging that The Scooter Store, a nationwide, Texas-based retailer, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused to accommodate an employee’s request for a temporary leave of absence due to a knee injury and then fired him from its store in Farmingdale, New York.
The [Read more...]

Study finds link between time off work for exercise and increased productivity

September 7th, 2011

Taking time out of the work week for an employee exercise program may lead to increased productivity –despite the reduction in work hours, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
In the study, one group of employees at a [Read more...]

Health reform’s rate review begins, final rule is amended

September 6th, 2011

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) has amended a final rule regarding the rate review program required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
On September 1, 2011, state-federal review of health insurance rate increases began under the final rule, and health insurers seeking to increase their rates by 10 percent [Read more...]

Survey of working adults shows U.S. employees willing to take pay cut for workplace flexibility

September 6th, 2011

Flexible work options are significantly important to working professionals today as a deciding factor when taking a job, according to an online survey conducted among 1,071 working adults by Mom Corps, a national flexible staffing firm. In addition,

More than two in five working adults (42 percent) are willing to give up some percentage of their [Read more...]