Employee Benefit Views
  • Is your wellness math better than a fifth grader's?

    October 23, 2014

    The Validation Institute certifies individuals as competent to review, analyze, and produce health program measures. Given the high stakes millions of dollars in savings its comforting that not just any 11-year-old could pass.

    Posted by Linda K. Riddell at 09:49AM. Comments (4)
  • Market volatility: 5 things to tell 401(k) plan participants

    October 21, 2014

    Volatility has returned to the equity markets with a vengeance. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fluctuated by hundreds of points on many recent trading days. During these times your 401(k) plan participants can become very nervous.

    Posted by Robert C. Lawton at 11:43AM. Comments (3)
  • 10 mistakes that may trigger a 401(k) plan audit

    October 21, 2014

    Earlier this year, the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, outlined initiatives to educate and protect 401(k) plan participants. Along with those initiatives comes an increased risk of a DOL audit for companies that dont take the necessary steps to ensure their benefit plans are compliant and being properly administered for their employees.

    Posted by Heidi L. Lamarca, CPA at 02:00PM. Comments (3)
  • Why employees undervalue equity awards and how to fix it

    October 20, 2014

    With companies granting over $110 billion in equity each year to employees, the stakes are very high for employers to demonstrate a strong return on investment from their equity compensation plans. And yet, there appears to be a disconnect in how these companies and their employees perceive equity awards.

    Posted by Michael Barry at 12:05PM. Comments (0)
  • 6 dimensions of well-being in the workplace

    October 20, 2014

    Companies are waking up to the fact that supporting the emotional, physical and cognitive health of their employees makes sense and affects their bottom line.

    Posted by Brian Shapland at 09:09AM. Comments (1)
  • 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 (1)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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)

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