Employee Benefit Views
  • 10 tips to help implement a successful wellness program

    October 17, 2014

    Successful worksite wellness programs may help improve employees' health and productivity, but how can you effectively implement and follow through on your wellness aspirations? Here are 10 ideas.

    Posted by Sarah Staggs and Carol Calvin at 12:18PM. Comments (0)
  • Women and retirement: best practices for plan sponsors

    October 16, 2014

    What's keeping female employees from getting more deeply involved in their own retirement savings? Better plan design and more personalized communications can help offset women's reluctance - or perceived financial inability - to help make savings plans.

    Posted by Christine Marcks at 09:40AM. Comments (0)
  • Long-term planning a must for insuring your traveling workers

    October 16, 2014

    Based on statutes and case-law mandates, employers have a moral and legal obligation to ensure the health, safety and security of their employees while traveling on business, both at home and abroad. Here's a comprehensive checklist of considerations to cover those workers.

    Posted by Brian P. Iaia at 02:49PM. Comments (0)
  • E-commerce is the best option for voluntary benefits

    October 15, 2014

    Using an electronic, cloud-based system to help with your open enrollment can allow employees to take the extra time to make sure they're getting the most out of your voluntary offerings.

    Posted by Chris Hill at 11:48AM. Comments (3)
  • Insurance and regulatory considerations for your traveling employees (Part 2)

    October 15, 2014

    From Saudi Arabia to Australia, nations all have different requirements for health insurance coverage for visiting U.S. workers - and making sure your employees have the right coverage is crucial to avoid negative ramifications for your company.

    Posted by Brian P. Iaia at 12:12PM. Comments (0)
  • Are we covered? Insurance and regulatory considerations for your traveling employees (Part 1)

    October 14, 2014

    A benefits manager may assume that health care coverage and insurance needs are easily covered as employees head off to international worksites, but preparing for accidents - or the complexity of global insurance rules - requires some extra forethought.

    Posted by Brian P. Iaia at 02:16PM. Comments (0)
  • What plan sponsors are doing with their PIMCO funds

    October 14, 2014

    A couple weeks into the post-Bill Gross PIMCO era, plan sponsors may be interested in learning what other plan sponsors are doing with their PIMCO funds in their retirement plans.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 11:33AM. Comments (0)
  • What benefits do your employees really want?

    October 9, 2014

    The features and services that you think workers will appreciate and use may be completely different than what employees actually desire, so communication is key - maybe even in the form of a company survey. Easy access is also key to better utilization.

    Posted by Sharon Alexander Savadski at 11:08AM. Comments (0)
  • Open enrollment communications must move beyond status quo

    October 8, 2014

    Benefits managers looking to overcome the reality that 90% of employees simply keep the same benefits during open enrollment need to employ a new, more personal communications strategy.

    Posted by Keith Kitani at 11:14AM. Comments (3)
  • 8 retirement plan fixes Congress should consider

    October 7, 2014

    As Congress continues to explore ways of making our retirement savings system stronger, legislators should consider requiring 401(k) plans to automatically enroll workers, eliminating participant loan features and allowing unlimited Roth 401(k) contributions.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 10:52AM. Comments (8)
  • Managing the cost challenges of specialty drugs

    October 6, 2014

    Employing a proactive strategy to address the explosive costs of specialty medications can serve the patients who need those specialized meds, with an unbelievable 63% increase in costs expected in the next two years.

    Posted by Timothy Hayden at 09:18AM. Comments (1)
  • Trick or treat: Boost engagement and loyalty with creative perks

    October 2, 2014

    What tricks and treats do you have lined up for your employees to help them manage the frequently conflicting personal and professional priorities that arise during the holiday season?

    Posted by Shani Magosky at 12:29PM. Comments (0)
  • 6 areas of caution with frontier market investments

    September 23, 2014

    Frontier markets include countries like Lebanon, Nigeria, Vietnam, Slovenia and Argentina. Investing in frontier markets is more risky than investing in other international asset classes. In fact, the frontier markets asset class is probably the riskiest available to mutual fund and exchange-traded fund investors.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 12:06PM. Comments (0)
  • The nasty surprises behind 401(k) group annuities

    September 17, 2014

    Group annuities are common among 401(k)s because they appear to be cost effective, turnkey options. However, careful due diligence will reveal they are big aggressors when it comes to fees that hinder portfolio growth.

    Posted by Vern Sumnicht at 09:27AM. Comments (15)
  • 4 red flags may indicate social media investing scams

    September 16, 2014

    A recent alert from the Securities and Exchange Commission emphasized how easily and quickly false information can be spread via social media by market manipulators who may be posing as legitimate or trusted sources of information. Plan sponsors may want to communicate this information to their 401(k) plan participants.

    Posted at 09:18AM. Comments (0)

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