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  • 5 crucial areas for employer health care cost management

    July 28, 2014

    Employers across the country are revisiting their health care cost structures due to the Affordable Care Act. Being able to stave off annual increases in employee health costs, as well as promoting healthy cultures in the workplace, seem to be where HR and benefit plan sponsors at the best performing companies (in terms of managing their health care costs) are focusing their time. Click here to find out their 5 core areas of focus in 2014.


  • Using behavioral economics to understand disability insurance purchasing decisions

    July 25, 2014

    Employees need disability insurance and most employers are offering a group solution. But what can be done to enhance employees’ adoption of their available coverage?


  • 3 questions to ask before moving to a private exchange

    July 24, 2014

    The move to a private exchange could be difficult for employees who generally are not accustomed to making benefits plan decisions for themselves, or who balk at the potential of an increased out-of-pocket burden. It’s incumbent upon employers to guide them through the transition to help them accept the idea that having more power and choice is a good trade-off to taking on more risk.


  • Seven signs your rockstar employee is eyeing the door

    July 24, 2014

    Time and money have gone into hiring the perfect employee for your business, but you may be missing the clues that they are “looking for new opportunities.” Mindflash notes several signs that might be noticeable at first, although it’s imperative not to miss them, because “even if they're looking around, it's not a sure thing that they're ready to leave you just yet.” Talking to your employee before the decision is made can give you a higher advantage of retention.


  • Highly revered working skills to have by 2020

    July 22, 2014

    TopTenOnlineColleges.org shows which capabilities employers will find most valuable by 2020.


  • Prediabetes an opportunity to educate employees

    July 11, 2014

    The statistics on type 2 diabetes are staggering but the condition that precedes it presents a window of opportunity for employers to have a real, positive impact on employee health.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Using voluntary benefits to attract the best talent – even temporarily

    July 9, 2014

    Many job seekers view seasonal retail positions as “commodity jobs” – they don’t necessarily care where they work because it’s short-term and the pay is similar wherever they go. For employers, that means they can encounter difficulty finding the best talent.


  • DOL limits employer contributions for medical FSAs

    July 7, 2014

    A recent technical release issued by the U.S. Department of Labor imposes severe dollar limits on employers wanting to make pre-tax contributions to the medical flexible spending accounts for eligible employees.


  • New cancer treatment program benefits self-funded employers

    July 7, 2014

    Over the next decade, the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase by 30%, and improvements in both detection and treatment have led cancer to become, in some cases, more of a chronic condition than a terminal illness.


  • 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.


  • Why employers need ADA-compliant policies

    July 2, 2014

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vigorous zeal for employer compliance with the Americans with Disability Act is not showing any signs of letting up. As a result, legal advisers in the labor and employment field recommend that employers of all sizes conduct a thorough review of their policies and accommodations.


  • How can employers get a jump on 2015’s ACA requirements?

    VIDEO | July 2, 2014

    Garrett Fenton, an employee benefits specialist with D.C.-based legal firm Miller & Chevalier, says that the time is right for employers to double down and get their paperwork processed in anticipation of 2015’s employer mandate for the Affordable Care Act.


  • 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.



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