Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Don’t Confuse Email with Social Media in the Workplace

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There is a quite a bit (rightfully) being written about the challenges of addressing social media related employment actions (hiring / firing); I’ve written some of these myself. But there may be a key distinction between how an employer could … Continue reading →

What Risks Will Emerge in 2014?

Shark Fin Emerging

Each year, we ask our subject matter experts what risks they're keeping an eye on for the months ahead. Here are the ten emerging risks our bloggers are anticipating for 2014. Which do you think will actually emerge as a concrete threat this year? Continue reading →

Your Boss is Monitoring Your Work Emails – And May be Required to Act on Them

Monitoring Employee

Courts have generally treated a firm’s computers and information, or communication stored on them, as the employer’s property. It was therefore somewhat perplexing to see the apparent surprise and consternation at the news that a major American university had accessed … Continue reading →

After 20 Years, is FMLA Easier to Administer? Not Since the DOMA Decision.

Baby With Two Mommies

The U.S. Family and Leave Act (FMLA) has been part of the workplace for over 20 years now and you would think that it would be easier for HR to administer.  But that is not the case. There are confusing … Continue reading →

The EEOC Goes Trolling


In what appears to be a first for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Commission used a mass email to 1,330 current and former employees of a company under an age discrimination investigation in order to solicit assistance in … Continue reading →

Proposed OSHA Rule Change Could Mean Big Changes For How Some Employers Must Report Injuries

Accident Report

A proposed rule change announced by OSHA November 7 could be the first significant changes to the recordkeeping system since the introduction of the OSHA 300 log in 2001.  If adopted, the proposed rule would be a major change in … Continue reading →

U.S. Workplace Injury and Illness Data – Good News for Workers?


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employer-reported injuries and illnesses have good news for American workers. Which states fared best and why. Continue reading →

Are Private Health Insurance Exchanges Viable or Just a Cost-Shifting Scheme?

Private Exchanges: An Elaborate Cost-Shifting Mechanism?

Yes, the public exchange system may have stumbled out of the gate, but the private exchange system has its issues, too, and we’re not talking about technology “glitches.” We’re talking about their fundamental design and the fact many private exchange … Continue reading →

North American Insurance Buyers Facing Improved Market Conditions

Marketplace Realities: 2014

Property insurance rates are coming down, and the upward rate pressure on many other lines of business is easing. This is the word from Willis North America’s Marketplace Realities, the longstanding semiannual publication predicting price movement and key trends for … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2013

Scariest Risks

Halloween season always puts us in a dark frame of mind here at WillisWire, reflecting not on ghosts and goblins but on all the scary risks we help our clients prepare for.  This year, 18 of our bloggers submitted the … Continue reading →