HR Brief October 2018

HR Brief  October 2018

Don’t Shortchange Your Employees’ Financial Literacy

If you think your employees are prepared for retirement, think again.

Less than 40 percent of American workers feel like their savings are on track for retirement. In fact, 25 percent have no retirement savings at all, according to the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households.

HR Brief August 2018

Ageism: Are Your Employees Affected?

It turns out 60 percent of older employees feel discriminated against due to their age, according to a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

However, only 3 percent of those employees say they submitted a formal complaint about age discrimination. The EEOC report says this indicates underreporting of the issue.

Health Plan Enrollment Rules

Employers that sponsor group health plans have some different options available to them for designing their plans’ enrollment process. When it comes to enrollment, health plan sponsors should have rules in place regarding:

  • When employees can enroll in the health plan;

  • When employees’ elections for group health plan coverage take effect; and

  • What method is used for making elections. 

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees of covered employers with unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. For example, under the FMLA, eligible employees may take leave for their own serious health conditions, for the serious health conditions of family members, to bond with newborns or newly adopted children or for certain military family reasons.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Wellness Program Rules

Many employers offer workplace wellness programs as a way to help control health care costs, encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent disease. There a number of federal laws that impact the design of employer-sponsored wellness programs, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).