HR Benefits Management

  • Experts caution due diligence in private exchange selection to avoid conflicts of interest

    April 15, 2014

    As employers begin to look at private exchanges as a means to provide health care benefits to their active employee population questions are being raised about potential conflicts of interest for consulting firms that also act as exchange purveyors.

  • How technology decodes the impact of benefit plan decisions

    April 14, 2014

    Benefits administration technology will never replace human interactions, such as the one-on-one new hire orientation, or open enrollment meetings, but the right kind of platform can be an effective tool to reinforce benefits messaging, help employees make smarter decisions, and communicate the overall value of your benefit programs.

  • Health costs pushing U.S. economy ‘off the cliff’: NBCH CEO

    April 14, 2014

    Brian Klepper joined the National Business Coalition on Health last month as the organization’s new CEO. He chats with EBN about his goals, his concerns about private health care exchanges and why the cost of health care is a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. businesses.

  • 6 questions employers should ask of wellness providers

    April 8, 2014

    Biometric screenings and health risk assessments are the foundation of many corporate wellness programs. But there can be additional costs associated with onsite biometric screening events – beyond the per employee price – that employers need to be aware of.
    Companies may make costly mistakes by not asking the right questions of their wellness providers, says Alan Kohll, founder and CEO of TotalWellness. He recommends employers ask the following six questions of onsite biometric screening providers:

  • Cash rebounds as long-term incentive of choice

    April 7, 2014

    It would appear cash is king once again as a long-term incentive of choice for U.S. companies, yet equity-based incentives such as stock options are still an attractive retention tool, according to research.

  • Premium increases slowing down: ADP

    April 4, 2014

    After a sharp increase of 6.9% from 2010 to 2011, health plan premiums rose at a rate of 1.7% between 2013 and 2014, according to data from ADP.

  • Benefits pros cautious about workplace implications of Google Glass

    March 31, 2014

    VSP Global partners with Google Glass, setting the stage for the interactive eyewear’s wider adoption in the workplace. But is the workplace ready?

  • Wellness ROI is much more than just health costs

    March 28, 2014

    As health care costs these costs gain increasing focus from benefits managers to the C-suite (not to mention Wall St. to Capitol Hill), ROI questions remain at the forefront. The issue is particularly sharp around wellness plans.

  • Management doing too little to retain, empower employees

    March 24, 2014

    Despite nearly two-thirds of employers indicating that managing critical talent is vital for success, only a handful of employers feel their programs are communicating these values to high performing staff.

  • Towers Watson’s group annuity cuts retiree medical cost risks

    March 24, 2014

    Through a new group annuity program, Towers Watson may have found a solution to retiree medical costs – a burgeoning problem for employers. The option eliminates the financial risk from the table and limits the administrative burdens linked to the benefit.

  • ADHD medication use climbs, biggest rise among adult women

    March 20, 2014

    The number of Americans using medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rose 36% in five years, totaling more than 4.8 million privately insured individuals in 2012, according to a recent report from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts.

  • Mobile for the masses

    March 20, 2014

    Technology company Cerner lowers its health care costs through personalized mobile messaging.

  • Cloud-based recruiting software streamlines small business hiring

    March 20, 2014

    The 2013-2014 winter season has dumped record snow amounts on the northeastern United States, which has made it a rough go for public works agencies and employers to clean up. It also presented an opportunity for snowplow contracting service Xtreme Snow Pros to bulldoze its competition; however, the company was feeling increasingly hampered by its management and recruiting practices.

  • 3 hidden effects of workplace depression

    March 19, 2014

    At any given time in the United States, an estimated 1 in 10 adults report symptoms that would qualify for a depression diagnosis. For benefits professionals, navigating employee mental health can be tricky. Not all symptoms are noticeable, but a few hidden indicators can hinder overall productivity.

  • A primer on travel accident insurance

    March 12, 2014

    Besides death and dismemberment benefits, policies typically provide medical payments, temporary disability payments, and coverage for costs associated with repatriating employees from foreign soil.

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