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  • Gender pay gap bill hits impasse in Senate

    September 18, 2014

    The movement towards eradicating the longstanding discrepancies of pay between male and female workers slowed this week when the the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to foster enough votes to advance.


  • What are the 4 types of private exchanges?

    September 16, 2014

    New analysis finds there are four types of private exchanges – what are they and how do employers pick which is right for them?


  • Avoiding the regulatory alphabet soup of ERISA, COBRA and the ACA

    September 15, 2014

    Commentary: Consider that employers nationwide spend billions of dollars to give their employees access to medical care and other important insurance coverage. While most businesses offer health and welfare benefits to remain competitive for talent, they end up creating a valuable by-product in the process.


  • Harkin's ERISA bill could bank employers millions

    September 12, 2014

    A new Senate bill calling for an amendment to a controversial section of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act is expected to save employers and plan sponsors $15 million over the next decade, according to new estimates.


  • High-deductible CDHPs part of ongoing cost containment strategy

    September 12, 2014

    New research points to low-cost consumer-directed plans as being a key strategy in thwarting rising health benefit costs.


  • IRS drafts instructions for ACA reporting requirements

    September 11, 2014

    They promised they would be coming and now they have. The Internal Revenue Service has issued draft instructions to help employers and plan sponsors comply with the Affordable Care Act’s 2015 reporting requirements.


  • Benefits professional of the year: Heather Vertrees

    September 11, 2014

    Heather Vertrees tunes up benefits at Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Her active role in a specialized wellness program for the company’s factory workers has earned her the Benefits Professional of the Year honor.


  • Cisco implements cloud-based benefits administration software for global workforce

    September 10, 2014

    For U.S.-based multinational companies, administering and communicating benefit plans in multiple countries – each with its own regulatory regime and unique workplace culture – is no simple task.


  • The business strategy behind workplace wellness

    September 4, 2014

    Commentary: When business leaders consider the positive aspects of a workplace wellness program, they often bring up expected reasons: It can keep employees healthy, productive and happy; allow the company to differentiate itself in a highly competitive marketplace for top talent; and limit overall health care costs.


  • Better understanding of benefits helps both employee and employer

    September 4, 2014

    Employees aren’t shouting from the roof over how great their employer-sponsored benefits are. In fact, satisfaction is sitting at some of the lowest levels since 2008, according to new data released from Unum.


  • 7 tips to prepare your workforce for flu season

    September 4, 2014

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 111 million workdays are lost because of seasonal influenza, costing employers approximately $7 billion annually in sick days and lost productivity.


  • Forensic underwriting: A CSI approach to lowering benefit costs

    August 29, 2014

    Insurance underwriting is hardly dramatic enough to warrant a TV show, but there is a forensic component to the annual renewal process.


  • One-quarter of young adults lack health coverage

    August 26, 2014

    Millennials are 10% more likely to lack health coverage than adults age 30 and over despite paying lower costs, receiving subsidies based on income and possibly staying on their parent's health insurance policy until age 26.


  • 3 common disability management questions

    August 25, 2014

    Many benefit managers – especially those at smaller companies – have never had to help an employee with an accommodation at work or help chart their path back to work after a disability leave.


  • DOL updates missing-participant guidance

    August 21, 2014

    Last week, the Department of Labor updated its prior guidance on locating missing participants. As before, the guidance technically only applies in the context of terminating defined contribution plans, though it can be instructive for retirement plan fiduciaries trying to locate missing or unresponsive participants.



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