Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Survey: Employers Appear Committed to Providing Medical Benefits, Despite Health Care Reform Concerns

Willis Health Care Reform Survey: WHAT STRATEGIES WILL YOUR ORGANIZATION IMPLEMENT OR PLAN TO IMPLEMENT IN RESPONSE TO HEALTH CARE REFORM?

Our 2014 Health Care Reform Survey suggest that, despite concerns over health care reform, organizations plan to continue employer-sponsored health plans. Continue reading →

New Rules Affect Race, Age and Sex Discrimination Claims Against Directors

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Some important reforms to the employment tribunal system in the UK were introduced on 6th April 2014. These include a new discretionary power for employment tribunals to impose a financial penalty on an employer if they find that it has … Continue reading →

Business Risk #1?

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Companies often say that their number one asset, their key differentiator, their most valuable resource is their people. It’s not just marketing talk. Companies spend anywhere from 40% to 75% of their operating budget on employees. If human capital is … Continue reading →

Got Ergonomics? Your Aging Workers Want to Know

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Age is not an independent risk factor for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as strains, overexertion, rotator cuff injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, etc.  Yet, older workers are more susceptible to MSDs because of decreased functional capacity, strength and flexibility.  … Continue reading →

Adapting to Climate Change: Disaster Planning

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As the business community in general prepares for a world with climate change, human resources departments also need to be involved in that planning.  Continue reading →

Special Report: Adapting to Climate Change

WillisWire Special Feature: Adapting to Climate Change

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group warns that no one on the planet will be untouched by the damaging effects of global warming in coming decades. While public policy and government intervention can … Continue reading →

Human Capital: The Hidden Risk to Your Business

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If given the chance, most of your employees would walk out the door at the first opportunity. Now more than ever, employees are disengaged at work. According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, easily three quarters of employees are … Continue reading →

NRLB Says No to “No Negativity”

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Forbid employees from ever bad-mouthing your company? This month’s decision by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) means you’d better think again. Continue reading →

In Pension Benefits, What Can an Employee “Reasonably Expect” From His Employer?

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The surprise answer to this question from the High Court: Perhaps more than the employer wants to offer. Anyway this was the question with which the English High Court recently had to grapple in a mammoth and no-doubt extremely expensive … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities: Predictions for the Season Ahead

Willis commercial rate predictions: 2014

Our new line-by-line price predictions for the insurance industry in North America coincide with the start of the baseball season, and along with baseball fans everywhere, we’re full of hope – in this case, that the marketplace will continue to … Continue reading →