HR Benefits Management

  • Smoking cessation app shows results

    November 25, 2014

    A randomized controlled trial found that users of the SmartQuit program, created by Seattle-based 2Morrow, Inc., were 2.5 to three times more likely to quit smoking than those who tried to quit on their own. The program will be offered through employers, health plans and states.

  • Top employer-offered holidays in 2015

    November 24, 2014

    Holidays come in all sizes, on nearly every calendar day of the year. The Society for Human Resources Management has assembled a list of the top holidays, both religious and federal, that employers expect to be closed for 2015 in order to allow their employees some time to enjoy themselves and their families.

  • 2015: ‘A lot less noise’ in private HIX market

    November 24, 2014

    Wizened consumers who are able to analyze their entire out-of-pocket exposure. That’s the goal of ConnectedHealth’s private exchange, says Joe Donlan, the company’s president. However, he predicts that increased consumer engagement is just part of the wave toward more employers adopting private exchanges. Donlan shares his view on where the industry is headed and how brokers fit into the exchange system.

  • Uber expanding flu prevention house call pilots

    November 24, 2014

    Smartphone-enabled transportation vendor Uber, in partnership with Vaccine Finder, has expanded its pilots of home-delivered flu prevention packets and free flu vaccinations, to Chicago after an "overwhelming" response to similar pilots in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

  • Most unusual resume lies

    November 24, 2014

    The pressure to stand out in a sea of applicants may tempt job seekers at brokerage firms and other businesses to be less than honest on their resumes. When CareerBuilder asked about the most unusual lie they've ever caught on a resume, employers recalled these doozies.

  • Revamped immigration system could help employers in war for talent

    November 21, 2014

    President Barack Obama outlined steps Nov. 20 that would revamp the nation’s “broken immigration system” by allowing undocumented immigrants to play by the rules and gain work authorization – potentially changing the rules for benefit managers.

  • Back to the future … of benefits technology

    November 21, 2014

    This week, EBN dove into the current trends and future of what benefit managers need to do their jobs. Many are budgeting a boost in spending to get the latest and greatest tools to increase engagement and streamline functionality. Here you can find a detailed recap, highlighting key findings from our tech week coverage.

  • Post-Windsor: Does your plan need a year-end amendment?

    November 20, 2014

    Depending on plan design, some employers may need to adopt year-end amendments to comply with recent federal changes that recognize same-sex marriages as a legal union for benefit purposes.

  • Employers optimistic about health plan coverage

    November 20, 2014

    A majority of employers – regardless of workforce size – are planning to keep their health plan coverage going into next year as the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect.

  • Investment process matters more than performance

    November 20, 2014

    Sound investment advice is hard to come by. Here are four ways to tell if you and your investment committee are getting good investment advice from your adviser.

  • Review workplace drug policies in light of new state laws

    November 19, 2014

    The 2014 midterm elections did more than just make paid sick leave benefits mandatory and increase minimum wage; ballot measures also approved recreational use of marijuana in various states and regions.

  • 10 LinkedIn red flags hiring managers should look for

    November 18, 2014

    Many potential employees equate LinkedIn profiles to digital resumes, but there are a number of potentially negative red flags employers should be aware of. Several experts at Young Entrepreneur Council, an organization of business founders younger than 40, give advice on the red flags to watch for on the profiles of your potential recruits.

  • Rising consumer confidence leading to increased health care spending

    November 17, 2014

    With an expected 5.5% rise in health care costs in 2015 – the same year the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect – employers have high hopes that spending can be reined through increased employee consumerism.

  • 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).

  • GAO details factors that led to extremely low SHOP enrollment

    November 13, 2014

    Delays, limited awareness, competition and insufficient subsidies among problems outlined in a Government Accountability Office report on state and federal small group exchanges. CMS says brokers will play a key role in any future growth.

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