Spending on Wellness Increasing, But Many Employees Aren’t Taking Advantage

Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) conducted a survey showing that many organizations have expanded their health and wellness programs, but some employees have not capitalized accordingly, contributing to millions of unclaimed benefits.

The survey predicts that employers will shell out, on average, $693 per employee in wellness benefits in 2015, up from $594 in 2014. The projected 2015 average for organizations whose workforce ranges between 5,000 and 20,000 employees is $661, an increase from $493 in 2014. For companies with more than 20,000 employees, the average rose from $717 in 2014 to $878 in 2015.

Despite this increase, not all employees are maximizing the benefits from these programs. Only 47 percent earned their full incentive amount and 26 percent earned a partial amount in 2014. These figures suggest millions of dollars in unclaimed incentives. The implication is that companies must motivate more employees to take advantage of wellness programs, and do so in full.

For more details, read the NBGH press release.

US Senate Approves Paid Sick Leave Amendment to FY 2016 Budget Resolution

United States senators voted 61-39 in favor of an amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution for FY 2016. The amendment would allow the chairman of the Senate budget committee to “improve workplace benefits and reduce health care costs, which may include measures to allow Americans to earn paid sick time”

Before the vote, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said that up to 43 million U.S. workers do not get paid sick leave, and that the amendment would enable them to earn seven paid sick days per year. This, she continued, would help families obtain some much-needed economic stability and enhance productivity.

The amendment is in line with the Healthy Families Act (S. 497) introduced in February 2015.

Read the amendment (look for amendment no. 798) or the press release from Senator Murray’s website

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Distracted Driving Among Teens: “Even Worse than We Thought”

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that distracted driving accounts for about 60 percent of moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times higher than previous official estimates.

The study analyzed 1,700 videos of crashes recorded through in-vehicle event recorders. Looking at the six seconds before the crash, researchers discovered that:

  • 58 percent involved distracted driving
  • 89 percent were road-departure crashes
  • 76 percent were rear-end crashes

The most common types of distraction were:

  • Interacting with one or more passengers
  • Cell phone use
  • Looking at something in the vehicle
  • Looking at something outside the vehicle
  • Singing/moving to music
  • Grooming
  • Reaching for an object

Researchers also noted that for crashes involving cell phones the teen drivers were not looking at the road for an average of 4.1 seconds out of the final six seconds. Cell phone use also prevented teen drivers from reacting in over 50 percent of the crashes, meaning that they did not hit the brakes or steer away as they crashed.

For more information, read the AAA press release or download the 71-page report.

Updating Prevention Guidelines for Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Service

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its “Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers.” It covers research on workplace violence done over the last ten years, including new studies on its causes, risk factors, and preventive measures.

According to OSHA, there were over 23,000 reported incidents of workplace violence in 2013, 70 percent of which occurred in healthcare and social services.

Outlining best practices, the revised guidelines examine the nature and key components of a workplace violence program. It stresses the importance of management commitment and worker participation; and describes how to conduct worksite analysis, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, safety and health training, and recordkeeping and program evaluation.

Download the revised guidelines.

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