Monthly Archives: September 2009

CONSIDER BROAD APPEAL OF HSAS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTES

Just as employers that match employees’ 401(k) plan contributions see higher employee participation in the plan, employers that contribute to employees’ health savings accounts (HSAs) are more likely to see eligible employees open an HSA. An examination by UnitedHealthcare of HSA-eligible participants found that when an employer made an HSA contribution on its employees’ behalf,… Read more »

EMPLOYERS CAN HELP EMPLOYEES TO AVOID BEING ON THE RECEIVING END OF MEDICAL MISTAKES

The cost of preventable medical errors exceeds $17 billion annually, with nearly half of these expenditures representing direct health care costs. Medical errors, by some estimates, are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. In addition to health care expenses and the costs associated with untimely mortality, the cost of medical mistakes… Read more »

Form of the Month

PRE-TERMINATION CHECKLIST (PDF) Before asking “if I can fire them” review this checklist! (HR That Works Users can access this form in Word format by logging on to the site).

EMPLOYMENT LAW ATTORNEYS PUSHING THE EDGE

The National Employer Lawyers Association (NELA) files what they call “amicus” briefs, in which they weigh in on a particular cutting-edge issue. The most recent report identified some of these concerns: Maintaining the right to bring class action wage and hour claims. Protecting employees for being fired for cooperation with an employer’s internal sexual harassment… Read more »

LEDBETTER ACT CREATES EXPANDED EMPLOYER EXPOSURE FOR UNEQUAL PAY CLAIMS

After the Supreme Court ruled against Lilly Ledbetter, the Congress got busy passing the Ledbetter Act. With a Democratic majority and president, it was passed into law this year. Section III of the Ledbetter Act amends Title VII as follows: For purposes of this section, an unlawful employment practice occurs, with respect to discrimination in… Read more »

SO WHO’S RETIRING NOW?

According to the 19th Annual Retirement Confidence Survey published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (www.ebri.org), a record low 13% of Americans say they’re confident that they have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. The percentage of those feeling confident about retirement has tumbled by half in the past two years. In light of… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: TRENDS IMPACTING THE FUTURE OF HR

Are you planning ahead for what’s coming your way? If you’re a human resource executive, or at least responsible for this role, you should be aware of these trends and have a plan to manage them: An aging workforce – Do you have a plan to keep your current employees well trained so they don’t… Read more »

DON’T FALL PREY TO LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE FALLACIES

If you’ve decided to purchase Long-Term Care insurance (LTCI), good for you. There’s no question that LTCI can help protect your family’s finances by covering the exorbitant costs of long-term care if and when necessary. However, because LTCI is such an important and sometimes costly purchase, it’s vital that you do your research and buy… Read more »