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June News Briefs

New overtime rule's impact on employee benefits

In addition to affecting the compensation of newly nonexempt employees, SHRM reports that the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule will likely also impact employee benefits. Effective on December 1, 2016, the DOL’s regulation doubles the salary threshold for overtime eligibility to $47, 476 a year from the current $23,660. This reclassification of workers from exempt to nonexempt could impact other benefits like paid time off, eligibility for life and disability insurance and health care coverage. Read more at SHRM.com

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finalizes wellness programs rules

On May 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finalized its draft wellness program rules. The highlight of the final ruling is a provision that allows employers to encourage wellness program participation and medical information sharing by rewarding or penalizing employees by 30 percent of the cost for individual health care coverage. The ruling also clarifies what wellness programs must do to comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and extends the ability of employers to seek health information from workers’ spouses. Read more at Kaiser Health News

Department of Labor releases employer guide on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

In an effort to clarify the requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Department of Labor has reduced a guide on the intricacies of this regulation. Using straight forward, every day language, the guide provides insights into employers' obligations under the law and guidance on how to handle the administrative details of the law. Access the guide on the Department of Labor website

Finding the magic formula for health incentives

New research from the University of Pennsylvania investigates the various incentive structures employers use to motivate employees to make positive changes to their health. Along with examining tactics for rewarding and penalizing employees for their health decisions, the report provides tips on how organization can create a culture of health to nurture long-lasting health changes. Read more at HR Executive