Workplace Gossip Can Be Toxic

office owrkers gossipingIt’s free. It doesn’t require complex equipment or high-level skills. And it’s one of the most insidious, lethal threats to any business. So what is “it?”

 

If you answered workplace gossip – or, more specifically, negative workplace gossip – you’re probably ahead of the game. That’s because many business owners are unaware of workplace gossip’s destructive potential. In fact, if left unchecked, gossip can: Continue reading

The Flu and Stress Connection

fluThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone who is 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination, preferably by October. (There are some people who should consult their doctor before getting immunized.)

 

Flu vaccinations – coupled with frequent hand-washing – serve as frontline flu-fighting strategies. Continue reading

Update: Probationary Period – CA SB1034

California’s Limit on Waiting Periods (Probationary Periods)

As you may know, Governor Brown signed CA SB1034 into law on Friday, August 15, 2014. CA SB1034 repeals California’s stricter 60-day limit on waiting periods (in accordance with AB1083) and allows employers to follow the federal ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation. CA SB1034 also prohibits insurers and health plans from imposing waiting periods, although the insurer or health plan may administer waiting period on behalf of the employer (as long as the employer’s waiting period does not exceed the ACA’s 90-day limit).

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Put Yoga to Work at Work

calm employeesSeptember is National Yoga Month – an annual observance designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in an effort to increase awareness regarding the health benefits of yoga and the importance of embracing a healthy lifestyle. It’s a good component to add to a healthy lifestyle, and one that can even be incorporated in the workplace. Continue reading

Simple Tips for Healthy Aging

Make healthy aging possible

Tips for healthy agingHave you noticed that the numbers in the phone book seem to be getting smaller? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed—and to get up again?

There’s no question that age brings changes to our lives. And yes, some of them we’d prefer to avoid. Continue reading

Probationary Period Update – CA SB1034

California’s Limit on Waiting Periods (Probationary Periods) – CA SB1034 Signed into Law

As you may know, Governor Brown signed CA SB1034 into law on Friday, August 15, 2014. CA SB1034 repeals California’s stricter 60-day limit on waiting periods (in accordance with AB1083) and allows employers to follow the federal ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation. CA SB1034 also prohibits insurers and health plans from imposing waiting periods, although the insurer or health plan may administer waiting period on behalf of the employer (as long as the employer’s waiting period does not exceed the ACA’s 90-day limit).

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Vacation Healthy Travel Checklist

Sharing their lives with each otherIt’s the last official holiday weekend of the summer.  From packing prescriptions to knowing where to access care away from home, it’s essential to take steps that will help ensure you have a vacation that maximizes both good times and good health.

 

With these win-win goals in mind, take a moment to review this healthy travel checklist before heading off for a Labor Day weekend getaway or your next longer vacation. Continue reading

Give Kids a Healthy Start to the School Year

Dr w child and mom copyKids across the country are heading back to school, which is an ideal time for parents to make sure that their children are up to date on their vaccines. With that goal in mind, August is National Immunization Awareness Month – an annual educational initiative designed to increase awareness regarding the crucial role that immunizations play in disease prevention ― from infancy through the senior years. Continue reading