Aon Consulting survey: Companies overhauling medical programs for employees
CHICAGO The 2009 Benefits & Talent Survey by Aon Consulting, released Wednesday, has found that 41% of employers are expecting to make more substantial changes to their 2010 medical program than they did for calendar 2009. Specifically, 70% are planning to increase employee contributions and 67% are expecting to raise deductibles, co-pays, coinsurance or out-of-pocket maximums, making the cost of health care more expensive next year.
In addition, more than half of employers are expecting to introduce or expand a wellness program next year, and 34% are planning to introduce or increase financial incentives for wellness programs in 2010.
“As in year’s past, many employers are expecting to shift additional healthcare costs to employees in 2010 to share the burden of double-digit rate increases,” stated John Zern, U.S. Health & Benefits Practice Director with Aon Consulting. “However, it may be more dramatic next year, as many organizations try to avoid taking other drastic measures such as layoffs or salary freezes. Conversely, the good news is found in that more than half of employers are planning to either introduce or expand wellness programs, in an effort to build a healthier and more productive workforce, and ultimately lower healthcare costs.”
The survey found 41% of employers offer a gift card or merchandise as an incentive, and of those organizations that offer at least one incentive, 39% offer between $50 and $249 as the maximum value an employee can earn in one year.
Aon Consulting surveyed 1,313 employers nationwide as part of its 2009 Benefits & Talent Survey.
Weis Markets adds two directors to pharmacy operations, food services
SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Monday named Dennis Yoney to director of pharmacy operations and Geoffrey Wexler as director of food service and deli.
As director of pharmacy operations, Yoney will oversee day-to-day pharmacy operations and the execution of the company’s strategic initiatives across its 119 pharmacies. He reports to Jeff Maltese, Weis Markets VP pharmacy. Yoney has worked in pharmacy field operations at the regional level for Rite Aid, government affairs for Brooks/Eckerd and as a district manager for Eckerd.
Yoney is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy.
Wexler will assume oversight of the pricing, procurement and promotion for the company’s deli and food service programs and will report to Harry Giglio, Weis Markets VP perishables.
Prior to joining Weis Markets, Wexler was with Publix Supermarkets where he helped oversee all aspects of the company’s prepared food program. During his career, Wexler also worked for Sodexho Corporate Services, NexStore Marketplace and eatZi’s Market and Bakery.
Stater Bros. announces completion of distribution center
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. planned an enthusiastic welcome for the final group of Stater Bros. employees to move into its state-of-the-art corporate offices and Norton Distribution Center in San Bernardino, Calif.
On Oct. 5, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening of the new 155,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. support services building. Over 500 Stater Bros. employees from throughout the company were present to celebrate this long-awaited event.
The new support services building houses the company’s bakery division as well as the advertising, construction, maintenance, purchasing, store systems and real estate departments. The relocation to the new Stater Bros. corporate offices and Norton Distribution Center has spanned over a two-year period, and these employees are the last to make the move to their new home.
The Stater Bros. Norton Distribution Center is the largest under-one-roof distribution center in America’s supermarket industry, the company said.