Comp & Benefits


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    Illinois bans step therapy, health plan prior authorization for emergency mental health care

    The law aims to address healthcare affordability and access issues, but it could result in higher drug spending for some employer plans, an attorney told HR Dive.

    By July 19, 2024
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    Q&A

    The key to talking about mental health: ‘Make sure people feel comfortable.’

    Skanska USA says its outreach programs in Ohio and Tennessee have had a real impact in removing the stigma around sensitive subjects.

    By Zachary Phillips • July 19, 2024
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    A deep dive into financial wellness

    Employee financial wellness may trending upward — but workers are still hoping for help from employers.

    By HR Dive staff
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    CFPB moves to apply lending laws to earned wage access

    The federal agency weighed in Thursday with a proposed rule to oversee the burgeoning earned wage access industry.

    By Lynne Marek • July 18, 2024
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    CFOs plan to raise salaries 3.9% in 2025: WTW

    U.S. companies are trimming salary increases as the labor market loosens, recovering from a pandemic period of high resignations, job hopping and wage gains.

    By Jim Tyson • July 17, 2024
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    NYC delivery worker earnings up 22%

    Decreases in consumer tips and total employment were more than offset by sharp rises in base pay, according to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • July 15, 2024
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    Employers say they’ll double down on healthcare benefits despite rising costs

    Companies are split on how to pay for the rising expense, but a slight plurality said in a Mercer survey it was unlikely they’d shift costs onto workers.

    By July 11, 2024
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    1 in 3 companies don’t have a pay equity strategy, survey shows

    Closing the pay gap has become an urgent priority as companies move to comply with new laws and attract and retain talent, a new report indicates.

    By Carolyn Crist • July 10, 2024
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    FTC slams pharmacy benefit managers in first report from ongoing investigation

    On Tuesday, regulators updated the public on their almost three-year-old inquiry into PBMs’ anticompetitive business practices. The report is not positive for the companies, which immediately criticized it as one-sided.

    By Rebecca Pifer • July 9, 2024
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    Even as it takes effect, DOL’s overtime rule could still face courts’ wrath

    One potential emerging threat to the rule is the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Chevron doctrine for evaluating agency regulations.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Opinion

    Mental health benefits at work are getting better. Here’s how we can go further.

    Congress must invest more and act soon to reauthorize telehealth extensions before it’s too late, argues the director of health policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    By Anna Vredenburgh • July 3, 2024
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    Balls Food Stores transfers company ownership to workers

    The Midwest chain said the move builds on its legacy of “creating a teammate-centric culture.”

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • July 3, 2024
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    How a district boosted recruitment, retention with affordable child care

    Louisa County Public Schools launched its Little Lions Learning Lab in 2019, charging educators and staff just $400 per child per month.

    By Anna Merod • June 28, 2024
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    Employer support for flexible work remains strong, SHRM survey indicates

    The organization also asked employers about menopause benefits for the first time in the history of its annual employee benefits survey.

    By June 27, 2024
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    Leaders face pressure to bring value to workers, survey finds

    “Human sustainability” may benefit both employees and businesses, according to a Deloitte and Workplace Intelligence survey.

    By Laurel Kalser • June 27, 2024
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    One-quarter of HR professionals feel uncomfortable using mental health benefits, SHRM researcher says

    A disconnect may exist between companies’ professed interest in worker well-being and what those in HR experience.

    By June 26, 2024
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    Bath & Body Works introduces employee tuition program

    The company’s new “Investing in You” program delivers a number of benefits, including an education reimbursement of up to $3,000 annually.

    By Kaarin Vembar • June 26, 2024
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    Appeals court upholds ACA’s preventive services mandate, but opens door to future challenges

    The 5th Circuit’s decision Friday is a win for those who receive health insurance through employers. However, it paves the way for future lawsuits from opponents of the ACA.

    By Rebecca Pifer • June 24, 2024
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    How eye care can make or break employee well-being

    Vision care has long been an in-demand employee benefit yet, in the last few years, it has not met employee expectations.

    June 24, 2024
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    Opinion

    Help employees save for retirement and pay back student loan debt — simultaneously

    As of January 1 this year, employers have a new way to help employees meet these challenges, writes Mary Moreland, executive vice president, human resources, at Abbott.

    By Mary Moreland • June 20, 2024
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    5 stories on the rise of wellness benefits

    Mental health and wellness benefits are among the top nontraditional strategies for employers, a recent HR Dive survey showed — likely a result of declining engagement and high burnout.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Employer’s lawsuit aims to hold Paylocity responsible for wage and hour settlements

    The company failed to properly program timekeeping and payroll software, California canned beverage maker DrinkPAK has alleged.

    By Laurel Kalser • June 18, 2024
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    Cardiovascular conditions now the second-highest reimbursement category, Sun Life says

    Cost of cardiovascular conditions is up 33% — “higher than we would expect given medical inflation,” the company said.

    By June 13, 2024
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    How to factor all genders into pay equity discussions

    Generally, discussions about pay equity focus on the gender pay gap between men and women but fail to consider those who identify as nonbinary and to address intersectionality.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Column // Happy Hour

    The most magical Zoom meeting on Earth: Remote workers share the most unique places they’ve logged in

    From “quiet vacationing” to becoming digital nomads, remote workers are leaving the kitchen table behind in favor of palm trees or Disney World.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Survey: Underrepresented employees show higher interest in actionable financial benefits

    The financial benefits typically offered by employers don’t enable employees to take immediate action on their financial pain points.

    June 10, 2024