Health care costs are steadily increasing, causing many employers to make adjustments to their company’s benefits offerings. Now, instead of offering employer-sponsored coverage, companies are turning to voluntary products to save money.
Issues and Trends
Employers often think employees coming back to work after a disability leave need to be 100 percent healthy to be productive. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking could cause employers to find themselves with an ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) complaint or in hot water with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). To avoid these circumstances, employers should understand how to comply with the ADAAA.
Recent statistics show that in addition to economic sluggishness and fewer jobs for American employees, the Great Recession also has contributed to an increased incidence of employee disability claims. Employers are doing more with less due to the economy, which, in turn, is taking a toll on employees. Larger workloads and longer hours often cause employees stress or even health issues.
In the current economy, every penny counts. Workplace productivity is now more essential than ever, especially because many companies have downsized workforces. As a result, employees are stretched thin and are being asked to do more with less.
With the 2008 enactment of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) to include a broad range of disabilities, most leaves of absence — or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases — need to be scrutinized for ADAAA compliance. While many employers think their obligations end after FMLA protection has been satisfied, ADAAA regulations may extend an employer’s obligations.
A stunning statistic: Today, households headed by adults younger than 35 have 68 percent less wealth than households headed by adults of the same age in 1984.