More workers are turning to phone-counseling services offered through their company’s employee assistance program (EAP), according to a new Blue Cross/Blue Shield study. The health plan says its EAP service received 23% more calls in 2006 than in 2005, even though membership numbers remained constant. Marital issues were the top reason for the employee calls, followed by job stress, depression and alcohol/ drug problems. Men accounted for 40% of the calls, up from one-third in prior years.
Thousands of employers have been snared in the IRS's all-out initiative to increase employment-tax audits—its first such initiative in 25 years. A main target: the tax treatment and reporting of employee fringe benefits....Click here to find out more.