Employee Benefit Views
  • 5 fee-related best practices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans

    April 22, 2014

    Are your retirement plan fees market-competitive? Fees don't necessarily have to be the lowest cost, but they do need to be reasonable.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 09:49AM. Comments (0)
  • After-hours email ban good for productivity, creativity

    April 21, 2014

    Top down management support is a prerequisite for any change in the obsessive email behavior that’s damaging our collective well-being and impairing our ability to focus, writes Shani Magosky.

    Posted by Shani Magosky at 09:59AM. Comments (1)
  • De-risking defined benefits plans needs to be a corporate priority

    April 17, 2014

    Rising interest rates and strong stock market performance have improved funding ratios for DB plans and created an environment in which plan sponsors can — and are — acting decisively to mitigate risk.

    Posted by Terry Dunne at 08:24AM. Comments (0)
  • Benny Award nominations now open

    April 16, 2014

    Everyone appreciates a little recognition for their professionalism, their dedication to their work and to their employees … and the world of benefits decision-makers is no different. It’s once again time to take a moment and see if this is the year you – or one of your colleagues – might be the right pick for our annual Benny Awards.

    Posted by Andy Stonehouse at 12:16PM. Comments (0)
  • 6 investment menu best practices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans

    April 15, 2014

    How does your investment fund line-up compare to the market? Do you have too many investment options or too few? Regular blogger Robert C. Lawton outlines some best practices with regard to investment menus.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 08:32AM. Comments (0)
  • How technology decodes the impact of benefit plan decisions

    April 14, 2014

    Benefits administration technology will never replace human interactions, such as the one-on-one new hire orientation, or open enrollment meetings, but the right kind of platform can be an effective tool to reinforce benefits messaging, help employees make smarter decisions, and communicate the overall value of your benefit programs.

    Posted by Andrew Brickman at 04:07PM. Comments (0)
  • Getting beyond wellness mythology

    April 14, 2014

    Many wellness models are based on mythology. Myths like all plans should have disease management, or everyone needs to work on heart disease prevention. How to get past the noise and on to effective interventions? Look closely at your own group – its people, its illnesses, and its work environment.

    Posted by Linda K. Riddell at 10:01AM. Comments (2)
  • 3 ingredients for a successful employee weight loss program

    April 10, 2014

    Everyone who has pursued a traditional employee weight loss program knows that results can be unpredictable. Usually, enough employees succeed in losing weight to give the program value. The problem is they often gain it back. While programs are going in the right direction, clearly there is room for improvement.

    Posted by Kelly Carpenter, PhD at 09:59AM. Comments (0)
  • 8 best practices in 401(k) and 403(b) plan design

    April 8, 2014

    Wondering whether your plan design is still market competitive? Leading-edge 401(k) and 403(b) plans have the following plan design features in common.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 09:20AM. Comments (2)
  • Choosing the right pharmacy benefits manager for your plan

    April 4, 2014

    Pharmacy benefits are typically the most utilized benefit by plan members and one of the fastest-growing in terms of cost. Consequently, selecting the right pharmacy benefit manager is a critical decision in managing a plan and determining member satisfaction with that plan.

    Posted by John Crable at 09:37AM. Comments (0)
  • Don’t let RMDs ruin your plan

    April 2, 2014

    Typically thought of as the employees’ responsibility, plan sponsors should actually facilitate all aspects of required minimum distributions – from alerting participants about them to activating the fund withdrawal.

    Posted by Kathleen Connelly at 10:19AM. Comments (0)
  • DOL ponders more guidance on 401(k) brokerage account windows

    April 1, 2014

    Self-directed brokerage account windows in 401(k) plans have always been controversial. Recently the Department of Labor indicated it intends to provide additional guidance on the use of brokerage account windows. Experts believe it is likely to be unfavorable for proponents of brokerage windows for several reasons.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 09:28AM. Comments (0)
  • Workplace happiness takes center stage at SXSW Interactive

    March 31, 2014

    Fresh off attending SXSW Interactive, flexible workplace consultant Shani Magosky believes today’s generation of entrepreneurs may not be as willing to sacrifice every other aspect of their lives for their work as were their predecessors.

    Posted by Shani Magosky at 12:55PM. Comments (0)
  • Wellness ROI is much more than just health costs

    March 28, 2014

    As health care costs these costs gain increasing focus from benefits managers to the C-suite (not to mention Wall St. to Capitol Hill), ROI questions remain at the forefront. The issue is particularly sharp around wellness plans.

    Posted by Janice Rahm at 09:13AM. Comments (2)
  • A winning strategy for performance-based awards

    March 28, 2014

    Performance-based awards are one of the hottest trends in stock compensation today. According to a recent study by the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, usage of these awards has surged by almost 200% in the past decade and already surpasses usage of service-based stock options for executives and senior managers.

    Posted at 08:49AM. Comments (0)

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