Category Archives: Employee Wellbeing

Title VII and Sex Discrimination…Where Will It End Up?

“Sex discrimination” – what does that mean? Sounds simple, right? Discrimination against an individual because of their sex. But what does “because of their sex” mean? And what exactly is protected pursuant to Title VII? Those are the questions that … Continue reading →

Following up: U.S. health care debate

With the July 28 defeat of health care reform legislation on the Senate floor, the ACA remains in effect. However, the political uncertainty surrounding the law continues. So, as policymakers determine their next steps, here are a few points for … Continue reading →

Employer priorities shaping demand for value-based care delivered by health systems

Health systems are facing a number of factors that are significantly changing the industry, including emerging consumerism, expanding use of technology, regulatory complexity and disruptive competition. Out of all of this, the issues with a fee-for-service model within health care … Continue reading →

Global survey: Cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight

The cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight, according to insurers responding to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey. The survey results, published this month, is the … Continue reading →

Employers take a variety of steps to stem health care cost increases and improve employee health

While the health care debate continues in Washington, U.S. employers recognize that no single change will radically transform the cost structure of health care programs. Instead, they are following a strategy of taking many concurrent steps to manage costs. According … Continue reading →

What we’re planning for SHRM17

In my 33 years as a rewards consultant, I’ve seen a gradual shift in HR from largely a transaction-based, tactical profession to one with experts who are focused on strategy. Practitioners today are far more tuned into – and savvy … Continue reading →

Top five compensation and benefits trends right now

There’s a lot going on in the world of compensation and benefits. We’ve seen some long-anticipated trends materialise, including the need for more flexible work arrangements and stronger health and wellness programs, to name a few. We expect to see … Continue reading →

Employers focus on improving quality and access for behavioral health services

Findings from the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Behavioral Health Survey illustrates that U.S. employers are focused on improving quality and access for their benefits programs aimed at reducing anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Key findings: Most U.S. employers say behavioral … Continue reading →

2017 Employee Health Care Conference: We can drive health care forward

The 2017 Employee Health Care Conferences in San Diego and New York City were record breaking – in attendance with more than 1,100 employers onsite, in the variety and depth of topics discussed, and in the optimistic and often innovative … Continue reading →

How behavioral economics can improve well-being

We are learning that we can use the way our brains are hardwired to help improve our health. Continue reading →