Monthly Archives: May 2014

Increasingly, Employees Want Help With Their Older Family Members

Increasingly, Employees Want Help With Their Older Family Members

Source – Employee Benefit News: Four Calls For Medical Help From Employees

According to Pew Research, nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child.

“As employees widen their definition of family, they expect employers to do the same,” reports Grand Rounds, a company that delivers world class outcomes to patients by connecting them with the top medical specialists in the country.

A Grand Rounds’ Employee Benefit Expectation survey emphasizes the high value employees place on plans that can extend to newer shapes of families including aging parents. (See last slide “Extend to the Aging”)

Well over half of employee respondents would be more likely to stay with employer (or select a position with an employer) if free access to expert medical opinion was offered. I believe the drop in turnover costs would be welcome, as would an increase in the number of candidates with which to choose for positions within the company.

On a scale of 1-10 (1 – least likely; 10 – most likely) where do you stand in terms of staying with an employer offering expert medical opinions to employees at no cost? How likely would it be that you would consider employment with such a company as a career candidate?

Minnesota Gets It? Almost…

News from the Twin Cities this week. A proposed bill in Minnesota would add “familial status” and “family caregiver” as protected classes under the state’s Human Rights Act for the purposes of employment. One goal of the bill is to protect family caregivers from discrimination, such as not giving a family caregiver a promotion because of their responsibilities at home.

So yeah, that part’s good. Until you realize not a word was said about eldercare. Ummmm…please see my comments and add your own: