• ‘Tis the Season for Rising Health Care Costs – Managing Total Compensation Changes

    Header_RisingHealthCare_MainTess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    While everyone is out doing their holiday shopping and headed for parties, there’s an undercurrent of change coming that will affect nearly every American in 2016. Wages are up according to the most recent PayScale Wage Index findings, but these wages are going to have to be stretched even further because of rising health care costs. How will employers manage their total compensation strategy for the coming year in order to remain competitive?
  • Total Compensation Update: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for Contractors

    Header_Main_SickLeave Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Last month, President Barack Obama signed an executive order granting paid sick leave to federal contractors and subcontractors. This order officially goes into effect on January 1, 2017, but companies that employ government contractors are already taking steps to better manage their total compensation programs to accommodate this requirement. What can compensation administrators expect and how can they add value to the types of salary and benefits offered to some our nation’s hardest working people?
  • Will Compensation Remain Stagnant or Grow for 2015?

    Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    The latest PayScale Index data indicates a dismal 0.4 percent growth year over year as of the third quarter of 2015. The question remains, will compensation increases remain slow to no-go for the remaining quarter of the year?

  • “Play-or-pay” delay: what employers need to know

    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Following a recent announcement by the Treasury Department, employers have been provided another year (until 2015) before penalties under the employer “play-or-pay” mandate are addressed. Additionally, the mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements have also been delayed. Under the mandate, organizations with 50 or more full-time (those that work 30 or more hours a week) employees are required to minimum essential coverage.

  • Healthcare Reform: HR’s Golden Opportunity

    Don’t Be Shy: Take the Lead on Healthcare Reform

    Healthcare reform is a hot topic right now. I am not an expert on it, and you may not be either. But, if you are an HR professional, you need to get educated and prepare to take the lead on your company’s attempt to make sense of healthcare.

  • Employee Benefits Plans Communication

    Responsibility Rests on Both Sides in Health Benefits Communication

    A May 2011 case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Cigna v. Amara, centered on whether critical information about Cigna’s pension benefits were properly communicated in the company’s Summary Plan Description (SPD), a federally required summary of plan benefits that must be distributed to employees, retirees and beneficiaries. At the heart of the case is the employees’ contention that Cigna failed to fully and clearly disclose a change in its pension plan which, if employees had understood it, might have spurred them to retire or take another job.

  • The Top HR Changes Due to Healthcare Reform

    Fall Open Enrollment Season: Health Care Reform Starts to Take Effect

    October traditionally marks the beginning of health insurance open enrollment season, during which employees can review and change their health plan benefits. Employers that don’t require an “active” enrollment and/or that have not made substantive plan changes for some time may find that their employees pay scant attention, automatically selecting the plans they had the previous year without looking to see what’s new.

  • Develop an Employee Health Survey

    The First Step to Building a Cost-Effective Corporate Wellness Program

    An effective employee health survey is the important first step to developing a cost-effective corporate wellness program in any size company. If HR and/or senior management implement employee wellness program components without staff input, disappointing attendance and poor return on investment (ROI) may have a negative effect on any future health promotion efforts.
  • Activities to Reduce Employee Stress

    Take a Deep Breath and Start Improving Employee Productivity

    What can companies do that is free, shows quick results, and can have a long term beneficial impact on employee’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being? Simple - teach them breathing techniques and activities to reduce stress.
  • FLSA Requires Break Times for Nursing Mothers

    Breaks Now Required for Nursing Mothers

    If you are like most employers, you probably have not had time to consider the many new obligations imposed in the 2,000-plus pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Most of the provisions that substantially change how health care will be provided in this country do not take effect for several years, beginning in 2014.
  • An Employer Guide to Healthcare Reform

    An Employer’s View of Health Care Reform and What’s Next

    Governor Schwarzenegger calls it “a good law.”

    Attorneys General from several states claim it’s unconstitutional.

    Whatever you have to say about it, Health Care Reform legislation is changing the face of health care for employers, big and small. The following list will give you a head’s up regarding some of the big changes coming in the next two years, and what you need to know from an employer’s view of healthcare reform. As a general proposition, health care reform will eventually require most individuals to get health insurance or pay a penalty. But what is going to happen this year and the next?
  • Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

    Stretching Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

    Are your employees feeling stressed in the workplace? Hopefully, you are starting to lay the groundwork for a corporate wellness program but, in the meantime, your employees can access free stress management in the workplace articles and reliable website resources now.

  • Health Care Reform and Corporate Wellness

    On-Site Wellness Programs: Will They Be Hurt by Health Care Reform?

    Is your company’s wellness program going to be helped or hurt by the new health care act? It depends on your situation but it will most likely get a boost.

    The health care reform’s effect on employers will vary based on your company’s size, location, existing insurance and wellness plans, and how proactive your company will be to seek out and implement the bill’s benefits of more research, evaluation tools, and technical assistance. Delving deep into the 2,400 document entitled H.R. 3590 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you can find the following changes which may impact your company’s wellness programs.



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