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  • 5 reasons to consider outsourcing leave management

    October 30, 2014

    Employers today face continuing challenges when it comes to managing Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. These laws seek to protect employees who may need to be absent from work for a period of time due to a disability or health condition.


  • Private exchanges: 'Not a fad or flash in pan'

    October 30, 2014

    In a new series, EBA goes one-on-one with the heads of private exchanges. What makes one exchange different from the rest, and how do brokers fit in the mix? First up: Don Garlitz, bswift's executive director of exchange solutions.


  • Elements of a private exchange that appeal to employees

    VIDEO | October 29, 2014

    For employers who have done their due diligence on private exchanges, now is the time to “make the jump,” says HUB International’s Sibyl Bogardus. The chief compliance officer shares what employees appreciate about the private HIX platform.


  • DOL provides safety guidance for plan sponsors seeking annuity-funded retirement plans

    October 28, 2014

    Alongside the IRS’ announcement last week to increase contribution caps to 401(k) plans, the Department of Labor issued guidance that will ease plan sponsors’ abilities to offer annuities as part of their retirement plans.


  • Benefit agencies plan tech spending spree

    October 28, 2014

    EBA’s first-ever technology survey reveals where benefit agencies plan to invest their IT dollars.


  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 1

    October 27, 2014

    Benefit managers are well aware of the challenges associated with implementing a workplace wellness program – low participation, employee engagement and communication and C-suite resistance, to name just a few. But successful programs share common characteristics.


  • Private exchange adoption could catch many by surprise

    October 23, 2014

    Commentary: The migration of employers from defined benefit to defined contribution programs has been the subject of a lot of conversation in the employee benefits industry for the past seven or eight years. The Affordable Care Act has galvanized the industry’s move forward, and the availability of highly advanced technology is likely to accelerate this transition.


  • Weight management programs suffer from lack of innovation

    October 23, 2014

    With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles.


  • Is your wellness math better than a fifth grader's?

    October 23, 2014

    The Validation Institute certifies individuals as competent to review, analyze, and produce health program measures. Given the high stakes – millions of dollars in savings – it’s comforting that not just any 11-year-old could pass.


  • 5 things employees would rather do than enroll in benefits

    October 23, 2014

    Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.


  • The risks of maintaining grandfathered health plan status

    October 21, 2014

    For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Act’s ongoing implementation will mean the end of these health plan structures in the near future.


  • Why ex-employees are a data security menace

    October 20, 2014

    A new report from business applications cloud-hosting vendor Intermedia, which contracted with Osterman Research to survey employees who recently left companies, finds they commonly retain some degree of access to corporate information.


  • Easing Ebola fears in the workplace

    October 17, 2014

    U.S. employers are not immune to the Ebola scare sweeping the country, but for most businesses, the risk of their employees contracting the virus remains extremely low. Nevertheless, employers are encouraged to re-examine their workplace travel policies and pandemic plans, say labor and business health experts.


  • 5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay

    October 16, 2014

    Whether it’s Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.


  • 4 ways to combat stress

    October 14, 2014

    Open enrollment is one of the busiest times of year for benefit managers. But don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Use these four strategies to fight back against the ill effects of stress.



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