Wellness program design tips are offered in new ComPsych report

ComPsych has released its yearly aggregate report of health assessments across its book of business, including data from hundreds of thousands of employees of all ages, occupations, regions and industries. The report provides eight tips on wellness program design, messaging and promotions, as well as a snapshot of employee physical and emotional health. “Health assessment […]

FMLA’s limitations period was a statutory right that could not be waived by contract

Refusing to dismiss a fired employee’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims, a federal district court in Indiana first found that it was not barred by a six-month contractual limitations period because the longer two-year statutory period was an FMLA right that could not be waived. The court also found that the employee sufficiently pleaded her […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – August 25, 2017

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Failing to clarify maternity leave also FMLA leave results in triable issue on interference claim

Denying cross-motions for summary judgment on a discharged employee’s FMLA interference claims, a federal district court in New York found triable issues on whether her employer’s inadequate FMLA notices resulted in her inability to structure her leave for childbirth so as to successfully return to her job, particularly given her obvious confusion over whether maternity […]

Wellness programs boost employee health, productivity

Nearly 90 percent of companies in the United States use some form of employee wellness program—from gym memberships to health screenings to flu shots—all designed to improve health. But how do these wellness programs affect everyday employee productivity? Is it possible to do a job better as a result of feeling better on the job? […]

Large employers project health care benefit costs to surpass $14,000 per employee in 2018

Faced with another five percent increase in health care benefit costs, a growing number of large U.S. employers plan to focus more on how health care is delivered and paid for while still pursuing traditional methods of controlling costs such as cost sharing and plan design changes, according to an annual survey by the National […]

Executive order does not release employers from shared responsibility payments

The IRS has issued two information letters in response to inquiries about employer shared responsibility payments (ESRP) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letters, the IRS emphasizes that, despite a recent executive order issued by the Trump administration, Code Sec. 4980H still provides that, if an applicable large employer (generally, […]

Dispute over injured employee’s ‘resignation’ advances his FMLA claims

Reasoning that it was clearly disputed whether an employee voluntarily resigned while he was restricted from working due to an injured knee, a federal district court in Michigan refused to dismiss his FMLA interference and retaliation claims on summary judgment. The employee’s request for time off work, coupled with a doctor’s note from an occupational […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – August 18, 2017

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CMS issues Part D premiums for 2018

The average premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 will be $33.50 per month, which is a decrease from $34.70 in 2017, according to a projection from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “We are committed to making prescription drug plan premiums affordable so that seniors and people with […]