Category Archives: Employee Benefits / Employment Law

Employee Engagement During the Holiday Season


It’s that time of year again – THE HOLIDAYS! In the United States, the holiday season begins around Thanksgiving at the end of November and runs roughly through New Year’s Day in January. Family celebrations, shopping, gifts…and a lot of … Continue reading →

PPACA Update: Extensions are Over, Penalties Await Late Filers


Most employers that sponsor group medical plans (all applicable large employers and those smaller employers that self-fund their plans) have a new reporting obligation for 2016 under the PPACA. The IRS means it this time — no more delays. It’s … Continue reading →

The Construction Talent Shortage: A Risk In Need of Management

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I spoke to three construction CEOs this week and each of them confided separately that their number one concern right now is finding qualified people to do the construction that’s picked up as the Great Recession shrinks in the rearview … Continue reading →

Survey Reveals Growth and Strength in Workplace Wellness


Wellness programs appear to be more entrenched in employer strategies. The 2015 Willis Health and Productivity Study surveyed more than 700 employers across the United States to find out how broad and how deep they were going with their wellness … Continue reading →

Employers Be Prepared – Updates to the Overtime Exemptions are Changing

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UPDATE:  Employers across the country are still holding their breath, particularly as salary budgeting for 2016 is coming due. Continue reading →

Survey: More Employers Are Embracing Value on Investment for Wellness Programs But Medical Cost Concerns Loom Greater Than Ever

Health and Wellness Survey: ROI vs VOI

According to the recently-released 2015 Willis Health and Productivity Survey, this year will be remembered as a watershed year for employer-sponsored health and wellness programs. Organizations continue to evaluate the need to implement and/or enhance their health and wellness programs … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2015

Scariest Risks of 2015

As Halloween approaches and darkness falls earlier every day, we at WillisWire find ourselves reflecting not on make-believe monsters but on the frightening real risks our clients faced during the year. Thirteen of our bloggers submitted what they thought were … Continue reading →

The Cadillac Tax is Politically Unpopular – So is Repeal a “Done” Deal?


Willis is a member of the Alliance to Fight the 40 – the reference is to the 40% excise tax on so-called “Cadillac” plans that is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Alliance used that … Continue reading →

Understanding the Impact of Pharmacy Costs and How to Cushion the Blow

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In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have shifted gears: from developing drugs that treat common or more prevalent diseases, to spending billions to develop drugs that combat or even cure cancer or rare diseases. This includes drugs for chronic conditions such … Continue reading →

Is it Bullying or is it Harassment? A Liability Either Way


Most human resources practitioners have heard the complaint, “I am being harassed,” and are trained to know what to do when it happens. Generally, it is up to HR or legal counsel to determine if the complaint is truly a … Continue reading →