Employee Benefits

August 29, 2022

Summer safety tips to avoid work injuries

No matter the time of year, when business owners think about the common risks involved with owning a business, the safety of their employees should always be top of mind. However, the summertime can bring unique hazards, with its soaring temperatures, busy travel times and potential for strong storms. In the summer, it’s important that employers take...

August 15, 2022

Why wellness doesn’t always work

During the pandemic, as mental health outcomes have gotten steadily worse for many employees, organizations have offered a wide variety of programs and benefits in order to make workers feel better. But they haven’t always worked terribly well, according to a new study that attempted to quantify the best ways to boost wellness. The Returns On...

Could changes be coming for the workers’ comp space?

It’s been quite a couple of years for the insurance industry, with the impacts of COVID-19, inflation, and fundamental changes to the labor market taking their toll. Despite all this, however, the workers’ compensation system is booming – it remains one of the most profitable segments of the US property and casualty insurance industry. According...

July 27, 2022

For an Edge on Office Leasing, Get Health Conscious

A research note out of Marcus & Millichap on the office market claims there are “bifurcated fundamentals.” Central business district (CBD) offices are seeing faster climbing vacancy rates than those in suburbs, so preliminary second quarter data suggests. What’s causing the unhealthy disparity? Concerns about health. “This is in part due to the increased emphasis...

July 20, 2022

New Mental Health Crisis Dialing Code Launched July 16

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline) launched nationwide on July 16. Similar to dialing 911 for medical emergencies, people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis can call or text 988 and be connected immediately to trained counselors who will listen, provide support and connect them to resources if necessary. The three-digit dialing code is...

July 12, 2022

The Hybrid Workplace is Here to Stay

One of the largest changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic to the workplace was the popularization of remote work. Industries that previously operated solely from offices realized almost overnight that they could operate without everyone under a single roof. With the pandemic on the wane and restrictions being eased, many workers have expressed interest...

July 5, 2022

Proposed Overtime Rule Expected in October 2022

In its recent spring regulatory agenda, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its plans to issue a proposed overtime rule in October 2022. According to the agency’s regulatory agenda, this proposed rule is expected to address how to implement the exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA)...

June 29, 2022

Is Your Health Plan Damaging Your Workers’ Financial Health & Undermining Your Wellness Efforts?

Other than wages, an employer’s largest human capital expense is typically its healthcare plan.  As the costs of healthcare continue to rise, employers consistently look to and implement a number of different plan design and cost shifting options, including High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs).  At the same time, and in part responsive to the rising...

June 23, 2022

Inflation is Taking a Bite Out of Employees’ Salaries — Here’s How Employers Can Help

After fighting to survive a yearslong pandemic and a national labor shortage, employers and employees have been served up one more helping of hardship on their financial plate: inflation. The Consumer Price Index rose nearly 8% this year — a 40-year high for inflation in the United States. Since inflation measures the increase in the...

June 22, 2022

5 Safety Blind Spots in the Workplace

There are many kinds of safety blind spots. Mastery Training Services published a white paper highlighting some of these. Safety Plans. Employers should not assume a workplace is safe, even if injury rates are low. Safety plans and frequently updating these plans can help employers and workers prepare for all situations, even common hazards. Slips, trips and...