Everyone has encountered it. The colleague everyone knows is difficult to work with, the supervisor who barks at subordinates, the person who interrupts, scoffs at a colleague, or makes snide remarks. There is a desire to sweep this type of behavior under the rug or avert your gaze when you see it. Bullying affects an estimated 60 million American workers.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) creates a world of connected devices, it also opens up possibilities to reframe established business models to deliver more customer value and more profitability. This offers companies disruptive opportunities.
In Villarreal,the Court of Appeals reversed a 2015 decision of a three-judge panel of the court. A majority of the full court reached an opposite result from the panel and determined that the governing provision of the ADEA barring disparate impact age discrimination by employers does not permit job applicants to bring claims of age discrimination under the ADEA against prospective employers. Disparate impact claims would arise in situations where an employer’s policies and procedures lack a discriminatory intent and are purportedly neutral on their face, but nevertheless have a discriminatory effect.
Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Risk & Compliance, Employee Health Management, Employee Wellness, Safety Management, Employee Safety
Evidence shows that good physical condition, good mental health, and an absence of chronic illness correlate to low injury rates. Programs aimed at prevention, early detection, and managing conditions also improve safety. However, a growing body of research has found that companies that integrate health, wellness, safety, and benefits in a holistic approach can improve health, decrease injuries, and improve productivity by building a culture of workforce resilience.
Leadership, Human Resources, Benefits, Health Benefits, Risk & Compliance, Legal, Labor & Employment Practices
In a decision that adopts the minority position of two courts of appeals out of a total of eight that have ruled on the issue, the Supreme Court held that ERISA health benefit plans may not seek reimbursement from third-party settlements plan participants receive when the participant has spent the funds on nontraceable items. While the case in question concerned a health benefit plan, the implications for other types of ERISA plans, including pension and disability plans, is unclear.
Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Employee Communication
Governments and employers (including Google) are experimenting with nudging people into better decisions, including those shaping productivity, health, safety, and personal finances. In some cases, employers can see benefits from actions as simple as stocking smaller plates in company cafeterias and rephrasing reminders for employee flu shot clinics.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a significant decision interpreting the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The court decided on an issue of first impression that job applicants may bring disparate impact claims of age discrimination under the ADEA against prospective employers whose policies and procedures lack a discriminatory intent and are purportedly neutral on their face, but nevertheless have a discriminatory effect.