As open enrollment season approaches, benefit managers are moving into high gear as they prepare to answer employee questions and concerns about their 2015 benefits. And as employees take on more responsibility for their health care, its more important than ever for them to understand how they can make the most of the programs and benefits their employers are offering.
Last week Apple unveiled its Apple Watch and Apple HealthKit app to much fanfare. But how these new technologies will fit into or transform the health care landscape remains to be seen. Catch up on EBNs coverage and analysis of the event to see how these new technologies could impact the benefits business:
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.
A panel of U.S. companies representing more than 1 million active employees and another 50 million retirees across the globe convened Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to unveil a campaign aimed at reducing the nations health care costs.
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.
As interest increases in employers offering voluntary benefits, a particularly large number of employers are beginning to add a more robust range of voluntary benefits to improve morale of existing employees and attract new talent.
The impending post-retirement health costs of Americas baby boomers may still seem remote, but benefits managers would do well to help their older workers by working together to consider those potentially explosive concerns and include them in a comprehensive employee health plan.
If anyone knows a thing or two about multitasking, its benefit managers. From understanding the compliance complexities of the Affordable Care Act to navigating the nuances of ERISA, benefit managers are experts at juggling several priorities. Yet multitasking and having to deal with constant interruptions can negatively affect work quality, according to a recent study from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Heather Vertrees tunes up benefits at Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Her active role in a specialized wellness program for the companys factory workers has earned her the Benefits Professional of the Year honor.
For U.S.-based multinational companies, administering and communicating benefit plans in multiple countries each with its own regulatory regime and unique workplace culture is no simple task.
The National Restaurant Associations Dawn Cacciotti is the recipient of EBNs 2014 Judges Choice Benny Award.
Apple's new watch shows promise to improve medication adherence by tracking when medications should be taken and sending a reminder to an individual who is wearing the watch.
Since joining the NFL Players Association 25 years ago, Dana Hammonds has launched a successful financial education program and constantly fine-tuned educational topics and outreach to meet players needs. She is the recipient of EBNs 2014 Benny Award for Leadership in Retirement Planning.
EBNs annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits, and are awarded in four categories: Best Overall Communications Campaign, Best Print or Online Employee Newsletter, Best Employee Intranet or Portal and Best Use of Social Media. In this four-part series, we highlight this years winners, starting with AECOM, i-COMM winner for Best Overall Communications Campaign.
Diana Andersens efforts to educate employees made the Affordable Care Act a nonevent for Zions Bancorporation. Andersen is EBNs 2014 Benny Award winner for Benefits Leadership in Health Care.