July 3, 2011 |
Major employers across the country, eager to curb fast-rising healthcare costs, are opening their own state-of-the-art health centers where doctors and nurses provide medical care to workers often just steps from their desks. The cost-cutting strategy has been embraced by dozens of companies — typically large employers that are self-insured and pay their own medical claims, including Walt Disney Co., Qualcomm Inc. and American Express Co. Many of the health centers are full-service medical offices equipped with exam rooms, X-ray machines and pharmacies.
August 3, 2011 |
Nearly 18 months after passage of the national healthcare overhaul, American employers say they are providing health benefits for growing numbers of people as they extend coverage to their workers' adult children, a new survey finds. The federal healthcare law allows young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health plans. As a result, employers say they have seen an average 2% increase in insurance enrollments, with some saying the figure has jumped by 5% or more, according to the survey by benefits consulting firm Mercer.
April 10, 2012 |
Maryland recently gave a big "dislike" to employers asking for social media passwords, becoming the first state to pass a bill banning the practice. The state Senate and House last week passed their versions of the bill that prohibits bosses from “requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service through specified electronic communications devices; prohibiting an employer from taking, or threatening to take, specified disciplinary actions for an employee's refusal to disclose specified password and related information; prohibiting an employee from downloading specified information or data.” "We're really excited," said Melissa Goemann, legislative director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, of the bill's passage in an interview with the Baltimore Sun . "We just think this is a really positive development, because the technology for social media is expanding every year, and we think this sets a really good precedent for limiting how much your privacy can be exposed when you use these mediums.
September 11, 2012 |
Health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored coverage rose a moderate 4% this year, a national survey shows, but experts warn that rates may climb higher next year. Annual insurance premiums for families increased 4%, on average, to $15,745, according to the annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That was down from a 9% hike in 2011. Still, even modest increases in healthcare costs are difficult to absorb for many businesses and workers struggling to cope with a sluggish economy.
March 23, 2012 |
Facebook has now weighed in on the brewing controversy of employers requiring applicants to hand over their log-in information. Their reply: Hands off. Erin Egan, the company's chief privacy officer, posted a note Friday on Facebook explicitly stating the company's position:"As a user, you shouldn't be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn't have to...
May 10, 2012 |
California is one step closer to becoming one of the first states to ban companies from asking job seekers and workers for their user names and passwords on Facebook and other social networking websites. The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) that would make anything workers designate as private on social networks off limits to employers. The bill, which passed the Assembly without a dissenting vote, now goes to the California Senate.