Benefits Communication

  • 8 flu shot myths debunked

    November 26, 2014

    A study conducted by the Trust for America’s Health found that one in five Americans (62 million) get the flu each year. Despite the numbers, fewer than half of Americans (45%) got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season.

  • Top 10 small tech companies to work for

    November 20, 2014

    Just think, five years on the job and then a 10-day vacation anywhere on the globe? That’s what one employer does, and there are many more amazing reasons why this list of small tech companies was voted by their own employees as the best places to work in the U.S.

  • Top 10 large tech companies to work for

    November 20, 2014

    From ever-present snacks to nap pods and generous 401(k) matches, these companies offer unique benefits to foster trust in the organization and help keep workers motivated.

  • Adopting benefits administration technology: What employers need to know

    November 19, 2014

    Any benefits technology employers adopt should always engage and educate employees throughout the entire benefit experience. Don’t offer access to technology simply for technology’s sake.

  • Tech survey, part 2: What do benefit managers want?

    November 18, 2014

    On the whole, benefits professionals do feel a high level of satisfaction with the majority of technology they use, but shortcomings in end-user experience remain a frustration.

  • Employers hungry for improved enrollment, communications tools

    November 17, 2014

    EBN’s inaugural technology survey indicates that 41% of respondents plan to increase their spending on technology next year, with 45% having already increased their spending from 2013 to 2014. Much of that spending is directed toward new employee portals and front-end systems to better integrate and utilize various benefits functionalities (health, retirement, voluntary benefits and more).

  • New sick leave laws create coordination headaches for small employers

    November 14, 2014

    In the midterm elections, a majority of Massachusetts voters checked “yes” for Question 4 on their ballot – a measure that calls for employers with 11 or more employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year. Companies with fewer than 11 employees will have to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.

  • Employee stock plans cut down need for 401(k) loans

    November 14, 2014

    The wisdom of offering 401(k) loans has long been debated, with some arguing that allowing them is an incentive for employees to participate in the plan, while others believe they do more harm than good since employees often reduce or stop saving in their 401(k) plan after taking a loan from it.

  • New proposals, old policies remediate pension plan insolvency

    November 12, 2014

    The funded status of some multiemployer pension plans has not seen any drastic improvements since the great recession. But now, as proposals lurk in Congress to eliminate pension liabilities and improve the overall insolvency of these plans, there may be changes on the horizon.

  • Gamification helps workers take wellness home

    November 12, 2014

    If employers only look at wellness from a 9-to-5 point of view, they are missing valuable opportunities to engage employees. Wellness doesn’t end at 5 p.m., said one expert at the National Business Coalition on Health’s annual conference.

  • 4 tips for easing veterans’ return to work

    November 9, 2014

    Tens of thousands of troops have returned to the U.S. in the past several years after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. As Veterans Day approaches, it’s a good time for employers to reflect on the importance of hiring veterans and helping them adjust to the civilian workforce.

  • Political campaigners offer employers educational moment in engaging millennials

    November 4, 2014

    Engaging your Gen Y audience — also known as the millennials — can be difficult, but it’s key to implementing strategies on wellness and retirement programs that they might not be thinking about now, but will wish they had in the future.

  • Supporting adult children, aging parents poses risks to retirement savings

    November 3, 2014

    U.S. parents are more and more finding themselves providing financial support to adult children, undermining their readiness to successfully put enough away for retirement.

  • Newest EEOC wellness program lawsuit draws further industry ire

    October 29, 2014

    For the third time in recent months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched legal action against a private employer, claiming discrimination on the part of the company’s wellness program.

  • 401(k) participation up, retirement health care savings still fall short

    October 29, 2014

    The number of employees participating in employer-based retirement plans increased in 2013 for the first time in several years, pointing to a national economy slowly mending itself and an increasing employment rate in the aftermath of the recession, the Employee Benefit Research Institute says.

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