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  • Prediabetes an opportunity to educate employees

    July 11, 2014

    The statistics on type 2 diabetes are staggering but the condition that precedes it presents a window of opportunity for employers to have a real, positive impact on employee health.


  • 3 tips for using workforce science to attract and retain talent

    July 11, 2014

    Workforce science uses data gleaned from a number of sources – pre-employment personality assessments, employer data (everything from how long a person’s been in the job to how many vacation days they’ve taken to where they’re located and who their manager is) and publicly available macroeconomic data from government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics – to help determine which applicants are more likely to stay on the job, which in turn lowers attrition and recruiting costs.


  • CDHP confusion exposes need for adviser assistance, educational tools

    July 11, 2014

    An increase in the offering of consumer-driven health care products has not translated into increased understanding on the part of consumers — exposing a need for more assistance from benefit professionals and educational tools.


  • Health insurers to refocus marketing efforts to reach uninsured

    July 10, 2014

    As media interest in health insurance exchanges decreases over time, the insurance industry may need to develop more effective communications to reach the uninsured.


  • Using voluntary benefits to attract the best talent – even temporarily

    July 9, 2014

    Many job seekers view seasonal retail positions as “commodity jobs” – they don’t necessarily care where they work because it’s short-term and the pay is similar wherever they go. For employers, that means they can encounter difficulty finding the best talent.


  • Senator calls for Social Security expansions, not cuts

    July 9, 2014

    Funding for Social Security Disability Insurance is set to run out by 2016, and if no further action from Congress is taken, SSDI recipients could see a 20% reduction in benefits.


  • Cost-benefit of retirement plans split between age groups

    July 7, 2014

    More than two-thirds of state and local public employees feel confident that they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement.


  • DOL limits employer contributions for medical FSAs

    July 7, 2014

    A recent technical release issued by the U.S. Department of Labor imposes severe dollar limits on employers wanting to make pre-tax contributions to the medical flexible spending accounts for eligible employees.


  • New cancer treatment program benefits self-funded employers

    July 7, 2014

    Over the next decade, the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase by 30%, and improvements in both detection and treatment have led cancer to become, in some cases, more of a chronic condition than a terminal illness.


  • Employers adjusting benefits spending habits to focus on health care

    July 3, 2014

    Employers are spending more money to keep their employees healthy, even if it means sacrificing other benefits.


  • Hiring managers use data analytics to increase employee retention

    July 3, 2014

    Data analytics offers companies a better way to recruit employees and identify those who are most likely to stay. But are employers embracing it?


  • Benefits enrollment disconnect

    July 1, 2014

    A significant divide exists between the open enrollment tactics employees find helpful and those that employers actually provide. For instance, 94% percent of employers agree that one-on-one, in-person meetings are an effective tactic to engage employees, but less than half implement it.


  • Remove IT roadblocks to make HR strategic again

    July 1, 2014

    Multiple vendors providing best-of-breed solutions that are not integrated with each other present budgeting, deployment and management costs and challenges for benefit managers.


  • 5 ways to make the most of your vacation time

    June 27, 2014

    We’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but vacation remorse? A new survey suggests one-in-three senior managers said taking too little time off was the biggest mistake they made with their last vacation.


  • A less-than-happy checkup

    June 27, 2014

    There are few smiles as the ACA’s effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences — and complicate access for employees.



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