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August 8, 2019

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[Official Guidance]

DOL Seeks Public Comment on Changes to FMLA Forms

"On August 5, 2019, the [DOL] published a notice announcing a 60-day public comment period on proposed revisions to WHD’s optional-use FMLA forms. The goal in revising the forms is to increase compliance with the FMLA, improve customer service, and reduce the burden on the public by making the forms easier to understand and use."

  • WH-380-E Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition
  • WH-380-F Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member’s Serious Health Condition
  • WH-381 Notice of Eligibility of Rights & Responsibilities
  • WH-382 Designation Notice
  • WH-384 Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave
  • WH-385 Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Covered Servicemember -- for Military Family Leave
  • WH-385-V Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran for Military Caregiver Leave

Wage and Hour Division [WHD], U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

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Employer's Additional Notice Requirement for Requesting FMLA Leave Dooms Attempt to Dismiss Employee's Interference Claims

"[W]hat happens if the employer’s policy has different notice requirements for FMLA leave than for other time off? What if the FMLA requirements are more burdensome than the requirements for non-FMLA leave? ... The Court held that the requirements for requesting FMLA leave cannot be any more onerous than the requirements for requesting non-FMLA leave." [Moore v. GPS Hospitality Partners IV, LLC, No. 17-500 (S.D. Ala. Jun. 3, 2019)]

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Wellness and Rewards Program Study Demonstrates Improvements in Employee Health, Cost Savings, and Productivity

13 pages. "There was an increase in the percentage of members who reported healthier lifestyle choices and received clinical results showing a healthy range for different risk factors linked to chronic conditions.... Higher engagement in Go365 was linked to minimized cost increases in healthcare, as well as fewer emergency room visits and hospital admissions.... Higher engagement in Go365 was associated with fewer Unhealthy Days, which can reflect productivity, absenteeism, and presenteeism (when employees are physically present at work but not working at full performance)."

Humana Go365

Millennials: Raising the Bar for Wellbeing

"More than 60% of millennials feel that everyone is offered the same resources, and 62% agree to some extent that they have been offered irrelevant resources. If employers provided more relevant support, 85% said they would increase participation in health and wellbeing programs.... This younger generation would also be motivated to take health actions by extra vacation time (64%), wellness benefits like gym memberships (56%) and flexible work schedules (53%)."

Welltok

What You Should Expect from the Best Telemedicine Companies

"91% of employers currently offer telemedicine or plan to offer telemedicine starting in 2020.... Here is what employers should expect from a top telemedicine provider.  ... [1] Customized employee communications ... [2] High utilization ... [3] Proven ROI ... [4] Transparent costs ... [5] Physician quality."

First Stop Health

Health Care Is Gobbling Up Your Wages

"In 1999, the average health insurance coverage for a family consumed 14% of the average household income ...  By 2017, family coverage absorbed more than double that amount, to about 31% of take-home pay. Health insurance has hovered consistently around 31% of household income since 2012, as companies shifted their employees to plans that had steady premiums but higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs -- a strategy that has largely backfired."

Axios

Drug Pricing and Surprise Billing: Recent Actions and Outlook

"We expect a very active fall as House and Senate leadership attempt to find a path forward on drug pricing and surprise billing.... The drug pricing debate could be further complicated should the administration release the pending IPI Model proposed rule ... Also lurking in the background are potential court decisions around the [ACA] and a possible administration plan to replace the health law."

Akin Gump

Higher Ed Institutions Now Have More Options with the New HRA Regs

"The new regulations help universities by allowing them to use Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) to reimburse health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket health expenses for students in conjunction with any kind of individual health insurance, including fully insured student health coverage and individual health insurance purchased by students on or off a health insurance exchange."

Ogletree Deakins

Benefits in General

Benefits That Engaged Employees Want and Need

"[1] Employees want their employers to do more to support their financial health; [2] Access to quality behavioral health services at convenient locations correlates with employee wellbeing; and [3] Employees would like more opportunities for paid time off to volunteer in the community."

Grooms Benefit Solutions

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