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  • Employers take to meditation as a perk in relaxing staff

    July 28, 2014

    Commentary: Meditation is not just some quirky, hippy philosophy; it is actually grounded in physiology. Some companies have taken these benefits so seriously that they have dedicated quiet rooms within the office so employees can meditate.


  • Using behavioral economics to understand disability insurance purchasing decisions

    July 25, 2014

    Employees need disability insurance and most employers are offering a group solution. But what can be done to enhance employees’ adoption of their available coverage?


  • ‘Ban the box’ laws gain momentum in Illinois, New Jersey

    July 24, 2014

    Hiring managers take note: State laws banning criminal background checks until after a candidate has been offered an interview are gaining momentum.


  • 3 questions to ask before moving to a private exchange

    July 24, 2014

    The move to a private exchange could be difficult for employees who generally are not accustomed to making benefits plan decisions for themselves, or who balk at the potential of an increased out-of-pocket burden. It’s incumbent upon employers to guide them through the transition to help them accept the idea that having more power and choice is a good trade-off to taking on more risk.


  • 5 ideas for a positive open enrollment season

    July 23, 2014

    Benefit advisers and employers should follow these suggestions from Mercer on ways to make open enrollment 2015 successful for companies and employers alike.


  • How Manchester United’s methods can help all employers

    July 23, 2014

    For some employer groups, setting high standards starts with hiring the right people, and from Manchester United Foundation’s mindset, as one of the most popular and successful sports teams on Earth, strong leadership and culture is “imperative” to high performance among employees.


  • Education heightens employee satisfaction with benefits, employers

    July 23, 2014

    Employees are increasingly dissatisfied with their benefits, and therefore dissatisfied with their employers, but new research shows better benefits education can help.


  • Subsidy ruling could further delay employer mandate

    July 23, 2014

    Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public health care exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.


  • Employers won’t feel immediate sting from federal court ACA subsidy ruling

    July 22, 2014

    In another blow to President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the plaintiff, declaring the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states due to the law’s specific language.


  • Most Endangered Jobs of 2014

    July 15, 2014

    Travel agent. Meter reader. Newspaper reporter. They’re all among CareerCast’s 2014 list of the 10 most endangered jobs, with the hiring outlook for mail carriers taking the biggest hit with a projected 28% hiring decrease by 2020. Job-seekers, broaden your horizons. View CareerCast's full report at http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/most-endangered-jobs-2014


  • Mercer provides continued engagement in health care, retirement education

    July 14, 2014

    Wellness and retirement educational tools are paramount in an ever-changing landscape of employee benefits, and Mercer has taken a unique approach in its newest endeavor, Mercer Benefits U.


  • The role of employers in health care consumerism

    PODCAST | July 14, 2014

    Ann Mond Johnson, chairman of the board of managers at ConnectedHealth, a private health care exchange, discusses two components of health care consumerism -- choice and transparency -- and how benefit managers can foster better health care consumerism among employees.


  • 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.



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