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There are those exceptional employees whose dedication to your organization is unwavering, no matter what personal challenges they face. Even in the midst of a life-threatening illness like cancer, these individuals will do whatever it takes to remain productive in their roles. But that doesn’t mean they can do it on their own. Assessing the […]

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Coming up with a list of all the necessary requirements for an employee to perform a job might not sound too difficult. Take, for example, an employee who works in manufacturing. Heavy lifting is likely an important part of the job, and belongs in the job description. But, how much do they have to lift […]

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I have written recently about two difficult and complicated issues facing employers today: alcohol and opioid abuse. The hope is that increased awareness of the issues involved when an employee struggles with substance abuse will increase the chances that he or she can receive treatment and successfully return to their job and a healthy, more […]

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The death of a spouse or partner can be more debilitating than any physical condition. Many of us cannot even imagine how we would resume our daily lives after suffering such a significant loss. Understandably, individuals who lose a spouse often succumb to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other behavioral health conditions. In these […]

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve posted about what paid family leave benefits are and how they could be a fit for your organization. One of the biggest changes coming in the paid family leave space is New York’s upcoming implementation of a mandatory program. As of January 1, 2018, any private employer in New […]

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As the debate over a national paid family leave law (PFL) plays out in Washington, many states and organizations have already established their own PFL policies. While it is more common in certain industries, companies across many sectors are following the PFL trend. But how do you know if adding PFL benefits are right for […]

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Today’s “average” American family is evolving. There are fewer households with a full-time stay-at-home parent than in years past. Men are more active as family caregivers.1 And more families are caring for both children and aging parents.2 Yet the U.S. does not have a national paid family leave (PFL) program to support this changing workplace […]

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Recently, a survey we conducted found 53% of employees were too scared to bring up their health condition with a manager, while only 29% said the same of working with HR.1 On the other hand, 73% of employees felt that HR knew how to support them, while only 61% said the same of their managers.1 […]

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Talking to an employee about his or her health condition in the workplace can be tricky. I often hear from managers that this is one of the hardest parts of their job. While it can be a difficult task, I would argue that it’s one of the most important. As an HR manager or senior […]

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Did you know that depression is two to three times more prevalent in individuals with physical disorders?1 If an employee has a serious physical illness or injury, he or she may be at risk for comorbidity, the presence of dual health conditions. As we’ve previously noted, the stress of a personal trauma or health condition […]

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