Think For Yourself

You either choose your story for yourself or let others choose it for you. As Don Miguel Ruiz reminded us: we can become domesticated into our stories. This means that they’re often not of our own making. As I say, they are gifted to us. Often these stories are so familiar to us that we’re… Read more »

Benefits and the FMLA Leave

This question was recently asked of the ThinkHR Hotline team: What benefits must be continued while an employee is on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave? What should we do with an employee who is not making his share of the co-payments while out on leave? Their expert answer: Family and Medical Leave Act… Read more »

Uncle Sam Beefs Up Mental Health, Addiction Coverage

Federal regulations under the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) require insurance companies and health care providers to treat mental illness and addiction in the same way as physical ailments. That’s good news for everyone with health insurance. The ACA prohibits denying coverage or charging higher premiums to due pre-existing conditions, which include mental illness, while… Read more »

How Well Can Your Workers See?

Employers and employees aren’t seeing the health and productivity boosts of using their vision plans, especially with an aging workforce. According to Transitions Optical, Inc., nearly half of workers fail to take advantage of their vision benefit, either by not enrolling (24%) or not using their benefit to get an eye exam (32%). That’s unfortunate,… Read more »

Survey: Employers Neglecting Wellness Best Practices

In their efforts to control health care costs, most businesses offer their employees wellness programs, which often use incentives to boost participation. A recent nationwide study done by benefits software and solutions provider Bswift, found that more than half of employers that had been surveyed, are overlooking crucial practices that could increase worker involvement in… Read more »

Holiday Party Reminders & Religious Accommodation

Eggnog, latkes, old friends, parties – and a lot of beveraging! HR That Works wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! As the host of your company party, you have a legal obligation to make sure that attendees get home safe. Here’s our list of tips to help you meet this responsibility: Make party… Read more »

Stop the presses! New DOL overtime rule NOT taking effect on December 1st!

As reported here: http://www.hrdive.com/news/flsa-overtime-rule-blocked-preliminary-injunction-granted/431018/ and here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/22/503081151/federal-judge-blocks-obama-administrations-overtime-pay-rule a Texas court has granted a nationwide injunction barring the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule from taking effect on December 1st as expected. Employers are under no obligation to make any changes to either an employee’s compensation level, exempt classification, or timekeeping procedures as may have been… Read more »

Supervisor’s Comments Lead To Age Discrimination Suit

In a case that illustrates how a supervisor’s ill-advised comments can come back to haunt a company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently revived a discrimination case by an older employee who had been laid off. In Sharp v. Aker Plant Services Group, Inc., the plaintiff accused his employer of age… Read more »

Three Ways Successful Leaders Fight Disengagement

When Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and other excellent books, spent some time among West Point cadets, he came away with additional insights into the characteristics of successful leaders. Based on this experience, he wrote an article in Inc. magazine that describes a three-part formula for successful leadership in the workplace. Here’s an… Read more »

Employer Sponsored Disability Insurance: Meeting A Need

A recent study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) spotlights the value of employer sponsored disability coverage in helping meet the health and financial well-being of workers. According the Social Security Administration, one in every four employees will use their disability coverage at some point. Despite this need, the nationwide survey found that fewer… Read more »