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AARP Sues U.S. Over Rules for Wellness Programs – NYT
Employers have raced to offer workers a hefty financial incentive to sign up for programs meant to improve their health, submitting personal medical details in the process. But as these programs have spread, so has resistance from employees dubious about sharing that information with employers. Read more.
Tags: Healthcare Benefits, Wellness Programs
Women Work 39 Days a Year More Than Men – BBC News
Women work on average 50 minutes more a day than men, according to data from the WEF Global Gender Gap report. The report says the prevalence of unpaid work (child & eldercare) burdens many women … some economists suggest that investing in the currently unpaid workers who constitute the caring economy could contribute to economic growth … equating to nearly 13 million new jobs in the US alone. Read more.
Tags: Parental Leave, Jobs, Workforce
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Let Your Workers Rebel – HBR
Employee engagement is a problem. To fix it, encourage your workers to break rules and be themselves. We’ll show you who does it right and how you can too. Read more.
Tags: Employee Engagement
What’s More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much – NPR
Sounds, particularly those made by other humans, rank as the No. 1 distraction in the workplace. According to workplace design expert Alan Hedge at Cornell, 74 percent of workers say they face “many” instances of disturbances and distractions from noise. Read more.
Tags: Workplace Noise
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Did You Know
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in every four women and one in 10 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department of Labor reports that victims of domestic violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the U.S., resulting in a $1.8 billion loss in productivity for employers. Read more: When Domestic Violence Comes to Work (SHRM).
Term of the Week
EAP: An employer-sponsored program that is designed to assist employees whose job performance is being adversely affected by such personal stresses as substance abuse, addictions, marital problems, family troubles, and domestic violence. For every dollar invested in an EAP, employers save approximately $5 to $16. The average annual cost for an EAP ranges from $12 to $20 per employee. Source: US Department of Labor.
Vendor M&A And Partnership News
A sampling of this week’s mergers and acquisitions announcements from around the human resource marketplace – and other partnerships. Latest news here.
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