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EEOC Proposed Rules Provide Long-Awaited Guidance for Wellness Programs

Susan M. Nash - in Column

For the past few years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has flexed its muscle by bringing legal actions to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against employers who sponsor certain types of wellness programs for their employees.…

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Best Practices: Incentive Design Strategies

Hayley Hines - in Column

Designing and launching incentives for a wellness program can be confusing and overwhelming. This information is provided to give employers an overview…

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Sit Up and Take Notice: Office Exercise Equipment Should Not Be Taken Lightly

Jonathan Edelheit, JD - in Features, Others

Sitting Ducks for Poor Health Is finding time to keep in shape a job in itself? Then, you might be a sitting duck for poor health. After all, experts…

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Investing in Employee Wellness – How You Can Achieve a 17:1 ROI

Erin Morrow - in Features, Others

By: Erin Morrow Determining the return on investment (ROI) of a wellness program can be difficult. Looking beyond the immediate healthcare costs and utilization will help any organization understand the broader value of its investment. Although solid projections…

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The Reality of Health & Welfare Plan Audits

Bobbi Kloss - in Column

If you are like me, an HR Director, my email in box gets filled on a daily basis with newsletters and legal alerts notifying me of all the mandates, clarifications of the mandates and changes to the mandates, coming from Washington on the Affordable Care Act…

Obamacare Under the Lens

The Impact of Obamacare on Corporate Wellness Programs

Greg Justice, MA - in Column

Healthcare in general has been an issue that has been widely discussed in recent years. When Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), took effect there were many people looking in different directions to see what the impact would be. Those companies that…

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Smart Prevention — Spend a Little, Save a Lot

Steve Mister - in Economics

Note to reader: This article is based on information from a Frost & Sullivan economic analysis, “Smart Prevention—Healthcare Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements.” The report was funded through a grant from the CRN…

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Weight Loss Programs – Shed the Pounds and Save Some Money

Jeff Hyman - in Economics

There aren’t many companies that couldn’t use an extra million dollars. If you run a company with a thousand employees, that’s how much you could be saving by instituting a corporate wellness program for your employees. Studies show that two-thirds of…

Wellness Programs under the ACA: What Employers Need to Know

Gary Cassidy - in News & Insights

Businesses clearly see the value in offering health and wellness plans. In fact, 80 percent of employers already offer health and wellness plans[i]. This begs an interesting question: If so many businesses see the value in these kinds of plans, why are only…

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‘Dangling the Carrot’ – Using Incentives to Achieve Corporate Health and Wellness Goals

Sue Blankenhagen - in Worksite Wellness

In recent years, human resource offices across North America have made it a priority to elevate their levels of corporate health and wellness. Companies are clearly recognizing that employee wellness programs benefit everyone, especially as healthcare costs…

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Wearables Set to Rejuvenate Corporate Wellness

Srinivasa Vanukuri - in News & Insights

Digital fitness trackers are the latest to make inroads into the employee wellness segment. Studies indicate that over 13 million such wearable activity-tracking devices will be streamlined into employee wellness programs by 2018. This figure hovered around…

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Employees who Smoke can Cost You: So How about Doing Something?

Kytle Frye - in Economics

In today’s business environment, with increasing government regulation and marked uncertainty, wise employers want to do whatever they can to be in a position to manage their costs and to increase employee productivity. With the passage of the Affordable…