News BriefsReview a summary of news, trends and industry information from trusted sources. From the May 2015 issue of CeridianVoice.  

 

 

 

May News Briefs

EEOC releases proposed wellness program amendments to ADA regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its proposed regulations setting forth their interpretation of the term “voluntary” under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, employers are generally barred from making disability-related inquiries to employees or requiring employees to undergo medical examinations. There is an exception to this prohibition, however, for disability-related inquiries and medical examinations that are “voluntary.” Read more at EBN and EEOC.Gov.

Poll finds few consumers making decisions based on health care quality, price information

A poll recently released from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that, despite the government’s efforts to make health information more available, two out of three people say it is still difficult to know how much specific doctors or hospitals charge for medical treatments. For the one in five people who said they had seen specific cost or quality information about a hospital, insurer or doctor, the poll found that this information rarely makes a difference – only about six percent of people ever used quality information when making a health decision. Read more at Kaiser Health News.

Towers Watson 2015 Emerging Trends in Health Care Survey

A Towers Watson survey found that 84 percent of employers predict changes to their health care benefit program for full-time employees. Respondents revealed four major areas that will influence their health care strategies: managing costs, adding value, improving employee engagement and leveraging new options. Read more at TowersWatson.com.

Job satisfaction on the rise

According to a SHRM report, more U.S. workers feel good about their jobs today than they have in the past five years since the recession. The top contributors to job satisfaction included respectful treatment of all employees at all levels, trust between employees and senior management, benefits and pay. Read more at SHRM.org.

Employees interested in adding cancer screenings to wellness initiatives

Employee engagement with wellness initiatives has not had the staying power employers have hoped for. Less than half of consumers report staying engaged in their wellness program throughout the entire year; however, helping employees find personal relevance in their health data can help, in addition to providing guidance on interpreting what that data means. Moreover, research is finding that a growing number of employees are seeking cancer screenings as part of wellness programs. Read more at EBN.