Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Healthcare Benefits - A Major Problem Looking for Solutions

Or so it seems. And according to the WSJ's Career Journal, Companies Get Tough To Trim Cost of Benefits one way to do that is to look to those employees (or potential employees) who are apt to be over consumers of healthcare benefits. The targeted are the familiar, smokers, and the one that gets too close to many of us, the obese. (It may be much closer than you think, just check out the definitions of obesity found on the web.) And dinner with a Senior V.P. of HR last evening confirmed how important this issue is to employers. My friend talked glowingly of her insurance broker for healthcare who had recently obtained a renewal at a 5% increase, with no change in benefits.

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