Caregiving Ranks High in Importance for Wellness Benefits - HR Daily Advisor

August 2, 2017

Caregiving ranks among the top 10 employee health and wellness benefits priorities for most employers, says a new survey by Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) in collaboration with AARP. Furthermore, among employers who say caregiving is not a top priority, most are aware of the issue but unable to address it. More than three-quarters of employers surveyed agree that caregiving will grow in importance to their companies over the next 5 years.

When the opioid epidemic comes to workplace, how should employers respond? - Crain's Health Pulse

July 26, 2017

As the country grapples with an opioid crisis, employers must design benefit packages that cover essential treatment options for addicts, industry executives said Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Northeast Business Group on Health.

Employers have gradually become more comfortable classifying substance-use disorders as medical conditions. A recent poll from the National Safety Council found 71% of U.S. human resources executives considered misuse of prescription drugs a disease.

“There’s still a stigma—don’t think it’s been solved,” said Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive of the business group. “But as more companies have become open to talking about mental health, more are talking about substance use.”

Caregiving benefits growing in popularity - Employee Benefit News

July 23, 2017

Paid leave continues to be a hot topic among employers. As large companies like Netflix and municipalities such as Nashville have strengthened their family leave benefits, caregiving perks also rank high on workers’ must-have list of benefits.

Caregiving is among the top 10 employee health and wellness benefits priorities for most employers, according to a new survey by Northeast Business Group on Health and AARP, and most employers agree that in the next five years, caregiving is going to become an increasingly important issue among employees.

Employers can help caregiver employees through benefits - BenefitsPRO

July 21, 2017

A growing number of employers are becoming aware that workers are providing greater hands-on support to aging parents and other family members — and that employers can help through employee benefits, according to the report, “Caregiving Growing in Importance to Employers,” by the Northeast Business Group on Health in collaboration with AARP.

NEBGH surveyed benefits managers from 129 U.S. employers and found that two-thirds (66 percent) agree that during the next five years, caregiving will become an increasingly important issue to their workers. Nearly half (45 percent) say caregiving benefits are within their top 10 priorities for employee health and benefit issues, while 12 percent say it’s within their top five priorities.

However, 32 percent say they are unable to address the issue, and 11 percent say it’s not even on their radar.

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Caregiving's Impact Growing in Importance to Employers, Says Northeast Business Group on Health

July 20, 2017

Caregiving ranks among the top ten employee health and wellness benefits priorities for most employers, says a new survey by Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) in collaboration with AARP. Furthermore, among employers who say caregiving is not a top priority, most are aware of the issue but unable to address it. More than three-quarters of employers surveyed agree that caregiving will grow in importance to their companies over the next five years.