"Seen But Not Heard" and other #HR News for March 4, 2015

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Seen But Not Heard

Sheryl Sandberg reopens discussion about suppressing women’s voices at work

By Dana Wilkie  3/3/2015

The question of how to coach women whose voices are suppressed at work  is not new—but the resurgence of interest in the topic may be.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, in a January 2015 op-ed she co-wrote for the New York Times, reignited discussion about the tightrope women walk when they try to speak up at work—during meetings, to a boss or maybe just at a happy hour with colleagues. To continue reading this article, please click here.

Be Wary of Too-Frequent FMLA Medical Recertification

By Allen Smith  3/3/2015

Employers have the right to request medical recertification in certain situations when employees are on intermittent leave. But a recertification request sometimes can be more trouble than it is worth, according to management attorneys. To continue reading this article, please click here.

Private Company Incentives Face Transparency Hurdles

Equity vs. cash is a key issue for privately held firms

By Joanne Sammer  3/3/2015

When it comes to finding the right mix of incentives and metrics to drive executive and employee performance, privately held companies face unique challenges. Questions about extending ownership through equity-based incentives, regulatory concerns and information sharing are just some of the issues they need to consider.  To continue reading this article, please click here.

After Mental Health Absence, Some Face Stigma

Formal return-to-work policies aid employers and employees

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  3/2/2015

Stigma associated with mental health problems is still an issue. For the first time since 2006, the nonprofit Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) found stigma is not decreasing among employers, and in some cases it is increasing, according to the DMEC’s recently released 2014 Behavioral Risk Survey report. To continue reading this article, please click here.

Employers Spend More of Health Budgets on Drugs

2015 is “an excellent time to negotiate aggressive renewals” and conduct competitive bidding

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  3/2/2015

Among U.S. employers providing health benefits, 77 percent spent 16 percent or more of their total health care budget on prescription drugs for their employees in 2014 (up from 71 percent in 2013), with nearly 5 percent of employers spending more than 30 percent on prescription drugs (up from 2.3 percent), according to the fifth annual Prescription Drug Benefit Survey by Buck Consultants at Xerox. To continue reading this article, please click here.