Without 6-month parental leaves after the births of her two children, as well as a flexible work arrangement, attorney Lisa J. Pirozzolo says she wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as she has in her career at WilmerHale. “From my personal experience, I wouldn’t be here as a partner with the firm, if I had not had two parental leaves” and been able to work at home 2 days a week, she says.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have been around for decades, and your company likely has one. You may not pay much attention to it, but if you don’t, you may be missing an opportunity to really reap its maximum value.
Recently, the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) (businessgrouphealth.org) created a work group charged with a close examination of EAPs: what they are, what they should be, and how organizations can ensure they’re getting the maximum value from them. The work group was made up of mental and behavioral health professionals and professionals in EAP management. As a group, they learned how much EAP services are needed in the workplace, and how well these programs are actually performing. In producing their Employer’s Guide to Employee Assistance Programs, the group makes a number of recommendations that you can use to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your EAP buck.
In the last few years, the market has seen a shift toward the use of generic drugs. Your prescription drug plan probably encourages it, and so does the local drug store; you can get a 30-day supply of many generic drugs for just $4 at several of the big name pharmacies.
Most benefits professionals can state off the top of their heads the names of the highest-cost prescriptions covered by their plan. You know the ones: Nexium®, Lipitor®, Prevacid®, or some of the other brand-name drugs commonly prescribed for your employees.
There was a popular song in the 1970s telling listeners that the hardest word to say is “sorry.” You may agree with that, generally speaking. But for those who are less musically inclined, and those whose companies are suffering in the current bleak economy, different words likely come to mind: Words like “layoff,” “furlough,” or how about a two-word phrase, like “pay cut”?
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