“Top Cancer Doctors 2015” Includes 31 in Wisconsin

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The publisher of “America’s Top Doctors,” Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. recently released its 2015 list of the top cancer doctors in the U.S. The list is available in a 63 page supplement to the special health issue of Newsweek magazine published for the week of July 31 – August 7 and on the magazine’s website. Thirty-one Wisconsin-based physicians made the list, including specialists at UW Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Castle Connolly compiled the ...

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HR Award Winners Celebrated!

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Winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s inaugural HR Awards were celebrated last night at an awards program held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. The HR Award program is intended to recognize the best human resources programs or practices that have had a positive impact on employees and the overall organization. More than 200 people attended the event, which included a cocktail reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony.

The many individuals and companies that were nominated for the awards were judged ...

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EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Rules

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 20 that addresses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employee wellness programs. To read the EEOC’s proposed rules in full, click here.

As past Mueller QAAS blog posts have detailed, the EEOC has been at odds with some employers about how incentives can be used to persuade employees to participate in wellness programs. Last ...

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Combating Mental Health Stigma

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Even though it is estimated that nearly one in five adults in the U.S. will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, there remains significant stigma around this type of health condition. In fact, a 2014 survey of employers by the Disability Management Employer Coalition found that stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health issues in the workplace has never been higher. In 2012, 7% of employer respondents believed stigma surrounding mental health disorders was ...

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Gamification of Work and Wellness

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The concept behind “gamification,” the process of turning a typically mundane activity into an engaging game, is not new. As far back as the 1970s, management consultants have promoted “fun at work” techniques to improve employee morale, teamwork, and productivity. What is relatively new, however, is using technology to track and monitor employee behavior both on the job and away from work.

For work-related activities, web-based services such as Bunchball, Badgeville, and IActionable ...

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EEOC Wellness Lawsuits Highlight Tension Between ACA, ADA

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Between August and October 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed three lawsuits against employers in Minnesota and Wisconsin over their workplace wellness programs. The EEOC claims that the programs violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while the employers argue that their practices are specifically authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Employers and HR professionals are watching the cases closely because workplace wellness programs are increasingly common, and the rules surrounding them are unclear. A 2014 Mercer ...

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Large Employers Team Up to Support Wellness

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Some of the largest employers in the United States have partnered on an initiative to reduce healthcare costs and urge other companies to adopt wellness programs.  Members of this coalition include Verizon, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, and Johnson & Johnson.  These large companies provide employer-sponsored health insurance for as many as 150 million people.

The recommendations from these employers, titled ” Building Better Health: Innovative Strategies from America’s Business Leaders” emphasize health screenings, weight and nutrition counseling, chronic disease management, and ...

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Wisconsin Company Sued by EEOC for Wellness Violations

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The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against Manitowoc, WI based Orion Energy Systems Inc.for instituting a wellness program that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The suit claims that Orion asked health plan enrollees to participate in a medical examination as part of its wellness program.  An employee that refused to participate in the wellness program was required to pay 100% of the premium for health insurance and was eventually terminated for objecting to ...

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