Learn about today's top trends in employee benefits, risk management, HR and other areas that impact your bottom line. We not only discuss the top trends but also include supporting materials and resources to help your organization succeed.
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D&O liability can have many — and sometimes unexpected — causes. This article will help you know what to look out for and manage your risk.
Employee financial well-being can impact your bottom line now more than ever — studies show it reduces stress, improves health and can have a positive ripple effect across your organization.
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Many employers don't realize how educating employees about healthcare can help improve wellness, boost productivity and reduce health plan costs. This article will provide some simple steps for enhancing your wellness program.
Caregiving is having a tremendous impact on employee health, touching many of the other health dimensions — quite possibly all of them. Caregiving for a loved one is a very important aspect of our lifecycle but it comes with great demands that need to be addressed — especially in the workplace.
Perhaps your organization is starting to plan its annual summer picnic to recognize and reward employees. And since we’re in the upper Midwest, home to 16 of the top 20 drunkest cities in America, inevitably someone will suggest alcohol to be served. “We’ve always had booze, what could go wrong?” they may ask if you start to question whether this is a good idea. In turn, you ask, “Yeah, what am I worried about?” Consider these possibilities.
This article has been updated to include an important clarification about jurisdiction for state plans. Following a review of the requirements put in place in 2016 regarding the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” regulation, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has taken action to correct an error that was made with regard to implementing the final rule. This is particularly relevant for our Minnesota clients.
Workplace flexibility — are you all in, not having it, or on the fence (but feel like you are being pulled down)? It’s no secret that the modern workforce values flexible work arrangements, but do employers have to conform to the wishes and demands of this younger generation? No — but, you might want to consider flexible work options if doing so can maximize employee performance, increase overall productivity, and decrease turnover, all while saving the company money.
Your employees need to know about the chemicals they are working with or exposed to, hazards associated with each chemical and how to protect themselves. Although many employees work with potentially hazardous materials on a regular basis, they can maintain a safe working environment if they use chemicals as they were intended and follow necessary safety precautions. An effective hazard communication program is designed to teach everyone how to safely handle and work with the chemicals they encounter every day.
Last September, the Wisconsin legislature updated the definition of "domestic partner" via the budget bill. While the intention of the modification to the definition was to stop allowing domestic partner health coverage for state employees now that the state recognizes same sex marriage, it resulted in some unintended consequences. Moving forward, if you have Wisconsin employees asking for WFMLA for domestic partners or their family members, you need to ask new questions.
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