From the September 2014 issue of CeridianVoice.

September News Briefs

First Wellness Program Firing Suit Filed by U.S. Agency

Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems was sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for ultimately firing an employee who refused to participate in the company wellness program. The complaint is the first to challenge a wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more at SHRM.org.

Employers reevaluate health plans in preparation for expected increases to health care costs

Employers predict their health care costs will increase by 5.2 percent in 2015 if they continue using their current health plan structures. With minimal changes, the increase drops to 4 percent, according to a recent Towers Watson’s. Read more at Employee Benefits News.

Survey reveals top 5 workplace happiness factors

According to results from a Harris Poll, Americans are willing to give up certain benefits in order to find their ideal workplace. And while compensation and job security were important, the survey found other factors were almost as important. The top five factors in job happiness were:

  1. Compensation (22 percent)
  2. Field I’m passionate about (19 percent)
  3. Job security (15 percent)
  4. Company work environment/culture (13 percent)
  5. Working with people I like (10 percent)

Read more about the survey results at Benefitspro.com.

Survey results highlight key factors for getting the employment deal right

Towers Watson recently released results from its 2014 Global Talent Management and Rewards Study, which examines employee reward programs and talent management best practices among companies around the world. Base pay and career advancement are top motivators for attracting and retaining employees. The survey found that only 33 percent of managers effectively discuss career development with their employees. Read more at Towers Watson.