50th Anniversary HR Magazine: 10 Changes That Rocked HR

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50th Anniversary HR Magazine: 10 Changes That Rocked HR

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By Leon Rubis, Patrick Mirza, Adrienne Fox, Terence F. Shea and Desda Moss

expected to help manage change. Look at what it has been through. With Justice for All

While there remains a long way for our society to go in terms of reducing racism and prejudic certainly say that we’ve come a long way, baby, in the past 50 years. In 1955, the Civil Rights Act was still nine years from passage—not even a gleam in the Congress. Today, it is a cornerstone of workplace rights legislation, the linchpin upon which employee protection is based.

To that linchpin, legislators, judges and administrators have subsequently added a stunning rulings and regulations. The
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Since the benefit isn’t subject to income or pa noted, its value has increased substantially as those taxes have risen since the 1950s.

Costs have escalated for a host of reasons. Americans’ health needs increased as their for example. Coverage grew to include catastrophic illnesses, not just common ailments. Ma added retiree health benefits. Medical techniques and technology became more sophisticate prescription drugs acquired an expanding role in disease management and illness preventio medical inflation had become a serious business issue; by some yardsticks, costs rose at a f decade than in the 1990s.

Employers absorbed increases for years, but now many, facing ever-stiffening global compe the wall on passing health cost increases along to their customers, not to mention their empl

What’s next? Some experts say that if the consumer-directed approach doesn’t succeed, em wash their hands of health care altogether. A recent study by the Employee Benefit Researc showed that the proportion of U.S. residents covered by employment-based health benefits d percent in 2000 to 60 percent in 2004. Decades from now, observers may conclude that a counter- revolution in employer coverage began in these early years of the 21st century. —Terence F. Shea


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