As we embark on the new year, many weblogs and business publications have been recapping 2004 or making predictions for the coming year. Here are a few we've noted.
George's Employment Blawg suggests that a good way for employers to begin the new year is to update the employee handbook and offers some tips for key areas to address.
Rough Notes offers a looks ahead to the insurance market in an article entitled Analysts foresee bottom-line woes for insurers in ’05, seeing higher costs due to the Spitzer investigation and soft market pressures as leading concerns. Other issues of concern include TRIA, reinsurance issues and insurance regulation.
The cost of medical care is now the single biggest segment of workers compensation expenses, representing more than half of every benefit dollar paid. In workers' comp, the issues and trends in the group health market often have an impact on workers comp. Joe Paduda opines on three top trends in health insurance markets and identifies them as: more consolidation among health insurers, the return of the hospital, and cuts in Medicaid and Medicare.
Confined Space reviews the Top Ten Workplace Safety & Health Stories of 2004. Among the stories on his list: the attempted reorganization of NIOSH, John Henshaw's retirement from OSHA and OSHA's overall do-nothing stance, the popcorn lung trial, and asbestos compensation.
Anita Campbell at Small Business Trends has been posting a series on business trends that will impact the small business market in 2005 and beyond. Yesterday's post was the tenth in the series and highlighted e-business trends. It also links to the other 9 trend lists. FC Now also points to several 2005 business trend lists, including workplace and HR issues.