A study conducted by the Trust for Americas 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.
Just think, five years on the job and then a 10-day vacation anywhere on the globe? Thats 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.
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.
Any benefits technology employers adopt should always engage and educate employees throughout the entire benefit experience. Dont offer access to technology simply for technologys sake.
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.
EBNs 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).
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.
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.
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.
If employers only look at wellness from a 9-to-5 point of view, they are missing valuable opportunities to engage employees. Wellness doesnt end at 5 p.m., said one expert at the National Business Coalition on Healths annual conference.
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, its a good time for employers to reflect on the importance of hiring veterans and helping them adjust to the civilian workforce.
Engaging your Gen Y audience also known as the millennials can be difficult, but its 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.
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.
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 companys wellness program.
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.