The Source: Weekly Roundup – September 16th, 2019

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In this week's edition, we discuss the new regulations for gig workers in California, strategies for marijuana usage and testing in the workplace, tips for retaining women in technology, and much more! Click To Tweet

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California Passes Bill Strengthening Protections for Gig Workers

A new bill passed by the California Senate will make it tougher for companies to classify “gig workers” as independent contractors instead of as employees. Businesses dependent on these workers are firmly opposed and will likely have to completely transform their business models, while proponents of workplace rights all over the country are celebrating the legislation as a victory. Uber, Lyft and DoorDash have said that they will spend $90 million to back a ballot referendum in 2020 aimed at exempting them from the law. Read more details about the potentially far-reaching labor law ramifications of this bill in the New York Times.

Thriving in the New Work-Life World

MetLife has published their 17th annual U.S. Employee Benefits Trends Study, which dives into how employers can attract, engage and retain the best talent by helping employees thrive in work and in life. The primary insight found was that in the changing world of work, the one constant truth is that for organizations to thrive, employees must thrive too.

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Employers must focus on what will effectively help them create the most trusted, caring culture and thriving workforce. Read the full report and download a copy from MetLife.

Uninsured Rate Rose to 8.5 Percent in 2018

Despite a strong economy and a tight labor market, the uninsured rate increased in 2018 for the first time since 2009 from 7.9 percent to 8.5 percent. The percentage of children without insurance also rose, from 4.9 percent to 5.5 percent. The most obvious explanation for this are the efforts taken by the current administration and Congress to undermine the ACA, most notably with the repeal of the individual mandate at the end of 2017. Read more about the implications of this in BenefitsPro.

Looking Beyond Price Transparency to Get Employees Better Healthcare

Health care price transparency has come to the forefront in conversations about escalating health care costs as a big part of the problem, and there is a lot going at the legislative level working to address this. But some employers are taking matters into their own hands and using strategic approaches to improve transparency and education in employees as well, including network strategies with providers, simplicity through a one-stop technology solution, and personalization to drive behavior change in employees. Read the full analysis in Employee Benefit News.

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Addressing Marijuana Usage and Testing in the Workplace

Recreational cannabis legislation is changing all across the country, and employers are faced with the new challenge of how to address zero tolerance policies regarding marijuana and workplace drug testing. How is cannabis influencing safety and productivity on the job? Is your company at risk for a lawsuit if medical marijuana use doesn’t align with the organization’s zero-tolerance drug policy? How can you develop a defensible policy that is logical and effective? Explore the pros and cons of common drug testing policies on the United Benefit Advisors blog.

5 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Women in Tech

The tech industry is still woefully male-dominated – the National Center for Women and Information Technology reports that women made up just 26 percent of professional computing occupations in 2018. This number presents a challenge for hiring managers who want to prioritize diversity and inclusivity.

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But it’s not just an issue for the recruitment team; it’s up to all management within the industry to make a conscious effort to fight these statistics. HR Technologist highlights five tips not just for recruiting women in tech, but retaining them as well. Check it out here.

The Week at PlanSource: Have a Happy OE!

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Thought Of The Week

Employees state that their number one source of stress is personal finances. Regardless of age or life-stage, a focus on finances tops the list as the biggest concern employees have day to day. MetLife, 2019

Are you aware of your workforce’s top sources of financial stress?

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