Commentary: Even the best hospitals are not immune to medical mistakes. However, there are steps employers can take to educate themselves about its costs.
Beyond slick user interfaces and the ability to access benefits information on a mobile device, employees are looking for software that speaks to them and personalizes their own experience.
Commentary: The rapidly evolving regulatory environment has increased benefit and tax complexities for most employees, making the open enrollment decisions more confusing and stressful than ever.
Employers can be vulnerable to lawsuits if they have staff members they think are exempt from overtime rules, but are really not.
Commentary: We would all be better off if we stopped debating the merits of employee wellness and focus on what the intent of it should be – helping employees and their families achieve their optimal health.
As technology progresses forward, employers need to take a look at strategizing a more mobile remote workforce, including how to measure, regulate and compensate the workforce.
Commentary: There’s nothing so wrong with existing target-date fund options that warrant taking on the level of risk that appears to come with a customized TDF series.
As companies redesign their benefits around employee needs, the links between oral and overall health has employers incorporating dental benefits into wellness strategies.
Despite the continued escalation in specialty medication costs, many employers sponsoring self-funded health plans have not yet placed prescription drugs underneath the plan’s stop-loss insurance. Why is that?
Commentary: Most employers are in the dark about what they get in return for what they spend on health benefits. As a result, they tend to make decisions about benefits on the basis of costs alone, with little regard to value.
Two Form 5500 draft documents released earlier this year suggest the IRS intends to begin collecting retirement plan compliance data on an annual basis from both ERISA-governed and certain non-ERISA plans.
Commentary: Fall typically holds a flurry of activity for benefit professionals and for most companies, open enrollment takes place during another hectic time – holiday season. Here are some suggestions for making this time of year less frantic and more productive.
Student loan debt, the need to save to buy a car or home or other priorities may cause many younger workers to forgo 401(k) contributions early in their careers. What can employers do to help them catch up?
Commentary: When gas prices rise at the pump, consumers change their driving habits. They ride more strategically, putting off unnecessary outings and carefully planning out trips. Yet when health care prices rise and Americans must dig deeper into their own pockets, they put their own health at risk instead of becoming savvier consumers. …
Flu season is just around the corner and you’ve probably set up free flu shots for everyone in the office. But are you also offering financial wellness programs to shore up your employees’ immunity against financial stress?
A recent federal district court from Illinois graphically demonstrates the benefits of a prompt response when an employer receives an internal harassment complaint from an employee.
Commentary: Whether the employee relations function is managed internally or through a third-party, a company representative should reach out to employees who are injured at work. Here’s why.
Commentary: Employers say that stress is the No. 1 workforce risk issue. And now employers have more reason to be concerned: A recent study found that people who report stress in the workplace lose three years of their life.
Analytics are driving benefit design to ensure compliance with ACA requirements and determine potential liability under the Cadillac tax.
Commentary: Current and potential employees (no matter the age) are looking for two of the most popular workplace benefits – health and retirement.