Category Archives: Employee Benefits / Employment Law

How to Develop a Sound Competency Model for Better Benefits and Outcomes


In my career at Willis Towers Watson I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of clients, from some of the largest on earth, to those with fewer than 2,500 employees. From private to public sector, retail to energy services. … Continue reading →

Failing (and Flailing) Co-ops: the Canary in the Mine?

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The Wall Street Journal is no fan of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or the ACA and as some brand it, Obamacare).  However, recent news about health insurers  pulling out of co-ops does rightly raise concerns about … Continue reading →

What Risks Will Emerge in 2016?

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Our world is advancing at a pace that invites innovation at breakneck speed, encouraging companies to jump into untested waters. Whether it is new, disruptive technologies – such as drones – or just a new way of doing business – such … Continue reading →

2016: The Year of Pay Equity Discrimination Claims

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The employment practices liability (EPL) landscape never disappoints when it comes to keeping employers on their toes. 2015 was no different. Continue reading →

How Digital Media Transforms the Way People and Organizations Work


Let’s start with the obvious:  If you’re reading this – you’re online. Maybe it’s a traditional workday, maybe it’s the weekend. Perhaps you’re a freelancer, working in the middle of the night for a project that’s needed for a client … Continue reading →

7 Ways to Integrate Leave Management Into Your Human Capital Strategy


How many times have you heard the term integration in the realm of leave management? We have tried to integrate our disability, wellness, condition management, workers compensation, safety and other leave programs with little success over the years. There always … Continue reading →

Unlimited Paid Time Off: Too Good to Be True?


Unlimited paid time off — or taking time off whenever you want to sounds like a great idea. But is it, and how does it impact employees and their employers? Continue reading →

Top 10 of 2015 – #5: ROI vs. VOI and the Business Value of a Healthier Working Population

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Employers today have three key business concerns: health risks across their workforce, medical costs and lost productivity. So the debate on employer return on investment (ROI) for wellness programs is louder than ever. Continue reading →

Top 10 of 2015 – #7: What Will the Overtime Changes Mean for US Employers?


Employers across the US have been anxiously (albeit nervously) awaiting specifics on updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as directed by President Obama in early 2014. The FLSA (also known as the Wage and Hour Law) regulates minimum … Continue reading →

Top 10 of 2015 – #8: Five Good Reasons to “Up” Your Workplace Wellness Game

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…And None of Them Are “To Decrease Medical Costs” The recent assumption that a dollar invested in wellness pays off three- to five-fold is giving way to a more enlightened (and credible) viewpoint that workplace wellness programs offer tremendous value … Continue reading →