Fallout From the Delay in Major Health Law Provision

By Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The Obama administration’s decision on June 2 to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act – the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage – postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable. Discussion: Delay in Obama’s Health Care Law But it could have a relatively small effect on the number of Americans who gain medical …

Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Employers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

Disturbing Trends in Kaiser Health Insurance Survey

Low-wage workers tend to pay more for less robust health insurance coverage, according to a new survey. For family health care plans, employees at lower-wage companies paid an average of $700 more per year, despite the typical policy for these workers being worth $1000 less than average.

Employers Want to Hang On to Boomer Workers

In another blow to conventional wisdom, a new survey finds many employers actively want older employees to keep working past 65. Only 4 percent of of the 412 employers recently polled by BMO Retirement Services said they think extended careers will be bad for their company. Nearly half said they think boomers delaying retirement will be a net positive for employers.

The High Cost of Caregiving

By Mary Hickey Caring for an older family member is costly to both families and employers – and it’s time for the workplace to develop policies to help people juggle the competing demands of work and caregiving responsibilities. That was the bottom-line message from Cheryl Matheis, senior vice president of policy for AARP, who was interviewed on National Public Radio this morning as part of an ongoing series on caregiving. “When people have to leave their jobs [to care for …

5 Things Caregiving Employees Should Know

Companies are beginning to realize that their eldercare programs-if they even have them-need to be ramped up to better accommodate caregiving employees.  And if they don’t, they should get cracking. According to Society for Human Resource Management, the number of employers offering eldercare referrals has taken a dive, from 22 percent in 2007 to 9 percent in 2011. That’s a problem. According to an AARP report, U.S. companies lose more than $33.6 billion a year in lost productivity from full-time …