Ways and Means Committee members hear about difficulties faced by family caregivers and how federal/state government agencies, employers, and others can help. A Congressional hearing last week highlighted the challenges faced by family caregivers and addressed how government programs and employers’ support might help. “Caring for Aging Americans,” held before the House Ways and Means Committee, featured caregivers, patient/elder advocates, industry leaders, and others. Read on for key insights from those who care for older Americans, both at home and in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities. … [Read more...] about Stakeholders Tell Congress about Family Caregiver Challenges and Possible Solutions
Paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws are gaining traction in several states. Whether or not PFML has come to your state, here are some key points to understand:
- If you have employees working in multiple states, you’ll need to know and account for laws that apply in each state.
- Have clear definitions of eligibility. Generally, state regs define it as a minimum number of hours worked for the previous four quarters. However, there are separate considerations for 1099 contractors.
- Take a fresh look at your short-term disability plan. This coverage complements PFML benefits by ensuring workers don’t take leave for periods of time without income protection.
- Determine if you will use the state’s plan or a private offering. Decide which benefits you want to offer employees while complying with state laws.
- Make sure you meet your compliance requirements. States typically post deadlines for and other information about these … [Read more...] about (FEATURED BRIEF) 8 Things to Know about Paid Family Leave Laws
A federal judge has overturned a Trump administration rule designed to allow individuals and organizations receiving federal funds to refuse performing certain healthcare services because of religious or moral objections. These services would have included abortion, sterilization, and assisted suicide. Among the details of the decision:
- The judge concluded that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lacked the rulemaking authority to create “significant portions” of the rule regarding “conscience provisions.” It was also determined that HHS’s penalty’s for violating one or more of the provisions, i.e., a loss of departmental funding, overstepped the agency’s authority.
- The judge called the rule “arbitrary and capricious” and said it didn’t respond to any documented problem.
- At the beginning of 2019, federal judges issued preliminary injunctions stopping two HHS rules aimed at allowing employers to opt out of the Affordable Care … [Read more...] about (11/15) Court Vacates Religious Exemption for Healthcare Workers
Consider trends and demographics to plan the perfect high-tech, highly personalized workspace in the new year. A new year often means an influx of high-tech and other innovations. But before you invest in change, take stock of the demographics facing your workplace and what technology and resources your employees want and need. While you can expect a wave of millennials who expect a cutting-edge workspace, you also will have more older employees putting off retirement and preferring the status quo. Read on to learn more about 2020 workplace demographics and what technology and tools will satisfy all of your workers, maximize productivity, and enhance your brand. … [Read more...] about What Is Your 2020 Vision?
From imaging to frailty assessments, innovations in machine learning hold great promise for improving healthcare. Yet some myths remain that hold organizational leaders, practitioners, caregivers, and others from embracing this technology. Understand these myths and the realities behind them:
- Myth 1: Machine learning can do much of what doctors (and other practitioners) do. Applications are designed to supplement, improve, enhance, or support the work of practitioners. For instance, machine learning algorithms have proven useful in making difficult diagnoses and identifying disease risks. Machine learning will never replace practitioners.
- Myth 2: Big data and brilliant data scientists are always a recipe for success. In fact, more data isn’t necessarily better. The key is having the right data and team members who can analyze this information and apply it effectively to specific patients and care settings.
- Myth 3: Successful algorithms will be … [Read more...] about (11/14) 3 Myths about Machine Learning in Health Care
While HHS is exploring options, childcare benefits are getting more attention and action on the state and local fronts. Many working families find it difficult to locate and afford child care that meets their needs, according to a recent blog by Eric D. Hargan, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a result, he said, “They often face tough choices in balancing work and caring for their children.” Hargan and others at HHS have been traveling the country and talking to employers and other stakeholders about this issue, but no immediate government action is in the works. Nonetheless, you can follow the lead of innovative employers to devise your own solutions. … [Read more...] about Feds Are Still Wrestling with Working Family Childcare Challenges
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), like other agencies in the current administration, is prioritizing deregulation and making processes less burdensome for business and industry leaders. Toward that end, watch for action on the following issues in 2020:
- Defending the new overtime rule. There is still much debate about changes to the federal Fair Labor Standard’s Act’s (FLSA) “white-collar” exemptions from overtime pay, and worker advocates say that the threshold still isn’t high enough.
- Expanding apprenticeship programs. A new rule would create a process to establish apprenticeship programs available to certified industry groups, schools, nonprofit organizations, and unions. These would be mostly free from regulatory oversight.
- Updating fluctuating workweek rules. DOL recently opened proposed updates for public comment. The comment period ends on December 5.
- Updating “regular rate” calculations. A proposed FLSA update would change the … [Read more...] about (11/13) 7 Labor Department Priorities for 2020
In the current competitive job market, you can lose top candidates if you’re not willing to negotiate beyond salary. In a new survey, nearly half (43%) of workers say they have lost interest in a position when the company wasn’t willing to negotiate perks beyond salary. Even though 21% say they’ve never negotiated after receiving a job offer, you should be prepared to have these conversations. It’s important to realize that if you’re not willing to negotiate with job candidates, you are in the minority and more likely to lose out to the competition. Nearly all (98%) of finance executives interviewed for this survey say that their companies are open to some back-and-forth with candidates on job offers. About two-thirds (63%) say they’re willing to talk about compensation. Elsewhere, … [Read more...] about Are You Ready To Win When Candidates Want to Bargain?
While tangible benefits such as 401(k) plans and health insurance are popular among employees, more ideological offerings are at the top of their wish lists. A new survey looked at what benefits employees want and found that they often wish for things they don’t really expect to get. At the same time, there are benefits they expect (and almost always get) that don’t really add much to job satisfaction. The survey authors said their findings suggest that “although there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for employee satisfaction, leaders need to have these conversations regularly in order to know what’s working and what’s not in their organization.” … [Read more...] about What ‘Delighters’ Deliver Engaged Employees?
Giving company morale a boost doesn’t have to put a big dent your budget. There are small but powerful things you can do to enhance employee engagement and satisfaction. These include:
- Giving employees a voice. Consider establishing an engagement committee that enable workers to plan special events, social activities, and even community service projects.
- Encourage friendly competition. Games or contests, such as tug-of-war or trivia contests, can let teams join together for fun, small prizes, and bragging rights.
- Promote healthy living. Offer nutritious snacks and have fun events such as “Fruit Fridays,” where there are free apples or oranges for employees.
- Get employees moving. Encourage employees to join a lunchtime walking or after-work running group and track their steps or mileage. Other fun events might include a mini-golf tournament, paper airplane contest, or dance party.
- Communicate clear goals. Display company goals … [Read more...] about (11/12) 7 Affordable Ways to Boost Morale