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Posted April 22, 2013 by

34% of Employers Provide Insurance Discounts or Impose Penalties Upon Employees With Health Risk Factors

Amy Kaminski of Compdata Surveys

Amy Kaminski of Compdata Surveys

There have been a number of companies making headlines over the last year as details of various wellness initiatives have been leaked to the public. CVS Caremark being the latest, now requires each of their employees to receive health screenings to include weight, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure, or face a $50 per month penalty on their health insurance premiums. Although some may tout these measures as being drastic, they are becoming increasingly common for employers looking to combat the rising cost of healthcare. In fact, the Compdata Surveys Benefits USA 2012/2013 survey results found 34 percent of employers offering wellness programs either provide insurance discounts for employees participating in wellness programs or impose penalties on employees with risk factors, who aren’t taking action. That’s up from just 25.4 percent in 2009.

Twenty-eight percent of organizations report making medical premium contributions for employees who participate in their wellness programs, which is an increase from 16.7 percent reported three years ago. Health Savings Account and Health Reimbursement Account contributions are used by 27.6 percent of employers to reward employees for participating in wellness programs. Offering gift cards is employed by nearly 42 percent. (more…)

Posted January 09, 2013 by

8 Tips For Employers Who Want to Prevent Workers From Spreading the Flu

Middle aged, woman sick with flu sneezes into a tissue

Woman with flu sneezes into tissue. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

With three months remaining in what is already being called the worst flu season in a decade, employers around the country are undoubtedly feeling the financial impact of increased health care costs and widespread absenteeism.  Making matters worse, according to one workplace authority, is the tendency of employees concerned about job security to keep coming to the office despite their apparent illness.

“The economy is still on shaky ground and many workers continue to be worried about losing their jobs, despite the fact that annual layoffs are at the lowest level since the late 1990s.  In this environment, workers are reluctant to call in sick or even use vacation days.  Of course, this has significant negative consequences for the workplace, where the sick worker is not only performing at a reduced capacity but also likely to infect others,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. (more…)