Archive for February, 2021

Wellness Programs: You Can’t Rush a Good Thing

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Early last year, the study Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) calling into question the effectiveness of employer run wellness programs. The study took place over a year and looked at the short term effects of wellness programming. It involved 4,000 employees at an organization with a wellness program and 29,000 at an organization that did not have a wellness program. Ultimately, the study found that these employees did personally benefit from the programs, increasing healthy habits, exercising more often, etc., but the…

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Onboarding Remotely: So Much More than Paperwork

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Onboarding remote employees can be challenging, especially if you are onboarding virtually for the first time. Over the past year, companies have had to very quickly adapt to virtual management, hiring, and on-boarding. While offices are starting to reopen, remote work has become popular and experts say it may be here to stay. Mastering virtual onboarding may be the key in helping to widen your recruiting pool and ensure that all employees remain connected and successful. Here are some tips experts offer to make your virtual onboarding seamless: Have a Plan.  Even more than in-person, virtual communication should be deliberate…

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Can Employers Require a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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As the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widespread across the country, employers are faced with the decision to require, or not require, employees to receive the vaccine. On December 16th, the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released guidance making it clear that employers may require the vaccine but will need to comply with the ADA and other protective legislation. In the guidance released, the CDC and EEOC stated that COVID-19 meets the definition of a “direct threat”, and therefore employers are able to do things like health screenings and require vaccines for…

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Flexible Spending Plans in 2021 and 2022

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In December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) to curb the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on millions of Americans. As a part of the CAA, temporary changes were made to expand the use of flexible spending accounts (FSAs) in 2021 and 2022. These new measures will allow employers to provide additional supports for employees who may face additional healthcare costs in the coming years. What’s changed? Carry Over.  Employers can now allow participants in health FSAs and/or dependent care FSAs to carry over balances from 2020 to 2021 and from 2021 to 2022. This includes…

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