HR Benefits Management

  • 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.

  • Varied response to EEOC’s new pregnancy guidance

    July 17, 2014

    Released this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new enforcement guidance on how employers are to accommodate their pregnant workforce is creating mixed emotions from legal experts in the employment space.

  • Find the soul of your wellness program

    July 16, 2014

    Commentary: Too often wellness programs are started as just another way to reduce heath care costs. Certainly, this is a terrific outcome that good wellness programs will help deliver. However, this focus not only sells the wellness program short, but it also misses the “soul” of the program.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Corporations get religion – and maybe lose contraception coverage

    July 10, 2014

    For the first time, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act covers corporations. But, employers will still have to review the possible application of any state laws that might require contraception coverage despite the holding in Hobby Lobby.

  • U.S. employers continue slow, but steady, pay increases

    July 10, 2014

    Despite an improving economy, American employers continue to be cautious with pay increases for employees.

  • Senators introduce bill to counteract Hobby Lobby decision

    July 10, 2014

    Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Tuesday introduced new legislation to counter the debated Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, which favored religious exemptions to certain contraception methods.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Industry reacts to Hobby Lobby decision

    July 2, 2014

    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that, as applied to closely held corporations, Obamacare’s contraception mandate requiring employers to provide workers with no-cost access to contraception violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reaction to the case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was swift, although most legal experts believe it is not likely to have broad implications for the majority of employer-sponsored health care plans.

  • Bare-bones health plans may be small employers’ savior

    July 1, 2014

    With the employer mandate just around the corner, small- and medium-sized businesses are beginning to consider so-called "skinny" health plans to provide basic coverage and avoid major penalties.

  • Supreme Court backs Hobby Lobby’s religious objection to contraception use

    June 30, 2014

    In a major 5-4 ruling on religious freedom, the Supreme Court of the United States Monday ruled that religious rights of two Christian company owners trumped the rights of its employees to receive full contraceptive coverage promised by mandates in the Affordable Care Act.

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