Kathryn Mayer

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.

Huffington: ‘Dealing with stress is no longer just a box to check’

Small, actionable steps can help address employee mental health challenges, experts say.

Mental health numbers ‘going in the wrong direction’

A serious decline in employees’ mental health makes it imperative that employers step up to help, researchers say.

Chobani offering workers paid time off to get COVID-19 vaccine

It’s one of the first announcements by an employer on how they are encouraging workers to get vaccinated.

HR leaders report soaring amounts of stress

HRE’s annual ‘What’s Keeping HR Up at Night’ survey will be the topic of a panel discussion next month during Spring HR Tech.

Employers must ‘lean in more diligently’ on racial health inequities

How HR leaders from McDonald’s and the City of Gary are helping Black employees through COVID-19 and more.

Soundbite: ‘Don’t skip’ annual exams, screenings

Experts worry that employees avoiding preventive care during COVID-19 will result in a sharp rise in cancers, other conditions.

Benefits news you may have missed: Jan. 25-29

From how employers are addressing racial health inequities to why a vaccine mandate could spark a backlash, here are some of the week’s top stories.

More employers planning to encourage COVID-19 vaccines

A new survey finds that most organizations plan to provide education on vaccines, will promote shots to employees.

Here’s what employees are looking for from their employers

Workers want more assistance with saving for retirement and balancing work/life issues.

Why Target is extending COVID benefits, handing out another bonus

The retailer says it spent $1 billion more in 2020 on the health, safety and wellbeing of employees compared to 2019.