The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

As the legislative wrangling to avert a plunge over the federal budget’s fiscal cliff heated up late last year, the IRS released its list of the nation’s biggest tax breaks. Three of the top 10 involved employee benefits.

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When employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina don’t feel well, they can log onto the Internet and find out why. The company has partnered with Ameri­­can Well and Walgreens Take Care Health Systems to create a telehealth service for employees.

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Wonder what your organization’s staff is stressing over? For 28% of employees in a new Accountemps survey, it’s making a mistake at work.

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For the fourth year, Google tops the list of companies business students would most like to work for, according to “World’s Most Attractive Employers 2012” report. Students cited Google’s great benefits and culture of innovation.

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The Nebraska state government reduced employee health claims by $4.2 million over three years after introducing a wellness program that features 100% coverage of preventive health care and lower premiums. The effort led Nebraska to become the first state to win the C. Everett Koop National Health Award.

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Smart comp and benefits pros are resolving to make 2013 a year of thoughtful, deliberate change. Here are five important New Year’s resolutions to consider.

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As part of a social responsibility initiative, Marriott International is offering job- and life-skills training to young people with disabilities—and then helping them find jobs, often at Marriott hotels.

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The IRS has announced final regulations governing new fees—payable by health insurers and employer sponsors of self-insured health plans—that will help fund a new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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Stressors like workload, people issues, lack of work/life balance and job insecurity can cause a dip in productivity at work, according to ComPsych’s 2012 Stress Pulse survey.

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One of the biggest problems for an organization that employs contractors with specialties ranging from drywall to masonry is making sure they all get along. So Man­ganaro Midatlantic, a subcontracting company, is cross-training its tradesmen so each one understands the challenges the others have on the job.

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