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The Zika Virus: What Employers Should Not Do
As concern grows over the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease linked to birth defects in certain regions, forbidding travel or requiring quarantines and medical evaluations could be the wrong approach.

SHRM: Proposed Rule Could Discourage Spouses from Participating in Wellness Programs
An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proposed rule will make providing incentives for spouses to participate in wellness assessments more difficult, according to comments from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Wellness Linked with Corporate Performance
A “compelling correlation” was found between companies that deliver strong financial returns and those that have documented, best-practice wellness programs.

SHRM Survey: Ways to Reduce Smoking at Work
Workplace policies continue to address smoking habits at work and are now more likely to include restrictions on vaping, a new SHRM survey report reveals.

Time to Set Limits on Wellness Screenings?
When a wellness program vendor offers screenings that go beyond basics such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, HR managers should start asking questions.

Court: Employers Can Tie Insurance to Screenings
In EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc., a federal judge ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and held that an employer could require participation in health screenings as a condition of health plan enrollment.

Wellness Programs Expand Beyond Physical Health Hoistic approaches to promoting employee health, happiness and engagement are gaining momentum in 2016.

HR Tips for Supporting Employees with Cancer
When an employee is diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard to know how to react. Here’s what HR professionals should consider so that, when needed, they can offer assistance.

GINA and Wellness Programs: It’s Not that Bad
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) allows inducements for certain health information from employees’ spouses (but not their children).

When Managers Won’t Walk the Talk During Flu Season
Failing to set a good example—by staying home when sick, and taking time to recover—may encourage employees to come to work sick.


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Complying with the EEOC’s Proposed Wellness Regulations
Date: Archived
Tabatha George of the law firm Fisher & Phillips reviews of existing regulations for wellness programs, and discusses proposed EEOC regulations and the impact they will have on plan design. In addition, you will hear best practices for running a compliant wellness program.

Wellness: Miracle or Mirage?
Sponsor: Healthentic
Date: Archived
Author and consultant Al Lewis  looks at the myths and realities of wellness initiatives, as well as the future direction of wellness services. You'll learn strategies for measuring outcomes validly—without having to pay an actuary. You'll also hear strategies to inoculate your wellness initiatives against legal action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


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Doug LaymanWellness ROI Is Immeasurable
Doug Layman, executive VP at Gilsbar Inc., says current narrowly focused views of wellness ROI miss the true business value of this type of benefit. 

Alan MomeyerWellness Incentives
Alan Momeyer, VP of HR for Loews Corp., says the rewards are worth the risk of initially overpaying for wellness incentives—especially if you plan to modify payments at a later date.

Barbara SchaeferHealth Incentives
Union Pacific Corp. offers rewards that encourage employees to improve their health, says Barbara Schaefer, senior VP of HR.

Nancy BloughEffective Wellness Incentives
Nancy Blough, Executive VP of the American Health Data Institute, on ways to encourage participation in wellness plans.

Dan KrickThe Benefits of Wellness
Wellness programs benefit a company in financial and other ways, says Dan Krick, HR director at Lincoln Industries

Don PowellWellness for Dependents
To control health care costs, wellness programs must reach out to employees' spouses and children, says Don Powell, CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine.

Neil GordonWellness Efforts and Unions
Neil Gordon, M.D., chief medical and science officer for Nationwide Better Health, offers tips for effectively promoting wellness in a union environment. 

Mindy McGrathPoints-Based Wellness Programs
Awarding incentive points can boost participation in wellness programs and achieve lasting behavioral change, says Mindy McGrath, a VP with Maritz Inc.

Smoking CessationSmoking Cessation Programs
Companies that offer a package of benefits—rather than just one—are successfully helping employees to quit smoking.

Wellness Success Factors
Anthony Armando of Interactive Health explains considerations for successful wellness programs.

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