Benefits news you may have missed: Aug. 23-27

What the Pfizer FDA approval means for employer vaccine plans: With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week, employers are likely to get even more aggressive about their vaccination plans and requirements. The approval, coupled with the surging Delta variant and a recent call on employers from President Biden and other White House officials to mandate vaccines, will only further push employers to act aggressively on vaccines. Read more here.

These employers are requiring COVID-19 vaccines: After months of encouraging employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with education campaigns, reminders, paid time off and more, many employers are taking the next step: requiring all or some of their workers to get inoculated. Here are some employers that recently have announced vaccination mandates for their employees. Read more here.

Emergency funds improve slightly: Four in 10 hourly workers have no savings whatsoever, according to a survey of 3,000 hourly workers from instant pay company Branch. However, that figure is significantly better than where it was a year ago: In 2020, the percentage of hourly workers with $0 savings was 52%. Here’s what that means for HR leaders. Read more here.

Cappelli: 3 reasons why the ‘calculus has changed’ on vaccine mandates: What remains top of the charts on the pandemic playlist now is the question of vaccine mandates and the Hamlet-like behavior of most U.S. employers. Will they require them? Or will they just continue to encourage people to get them? Read more here.

The importance of wellbeing, empathy in a remote workplace: When identity security company Auth0 was founded in 2013, it was with the understanding that it would be a “remote-centric” organization–with about 60% of employees working remotely. Seven years later, as the pandemic hit, the organization drew on the lessons it learned from that model to create a fully remote workforce, which it will continue after the pandemic. Read more here.

Why this HR leader wants a comprehensive wellbeing tech tool: During the early days of the pandemic, Danny Speros was on the frontlines of making sure employees at Zenefits had the support they needed while also onboarding dozens of new employees to the HR, payroll and benefits software provider firm. The vice president of people operations talks to HRE about onboarding, his HR tech wish list and the need for more wellbeing help. Read more here.

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former 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.