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  • 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.


  • Remove IT roadblocks to make HR strategic again

    July 1, 2014

    Multiple vendors providing best-of-breed solutions that are not integrated with each other present budgeting, deployment and management costs and challenges for benefit managers.


  • Digging in to private exchanges

    July 1, 2014

    Still in their infancy, private exchanges present a tremendous opportunity to rein in health care spending and help HR deal with more pressing issues. But what makes a good one, and how are they growing?]


  • Public benefits managers need to adopt private sector strategies

    June 30, 2014

    Public HR departments may need to tweak their traditional management and operational techniques to be more in line with the private sector, as tax revenues grow shorter and employees' needs become more complex.


  • A less-than-happy checkup

    June 27, 2014

    There are few smiles as the ACA’s effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences — and complicate access for employees.


  • Employers recognized for taking further steps in improving employee health, wellness

    June 26, 2014

    The National Business Group on Health this week recognized 63 U.S. employers for their continued efforts in promoting healthy work environments and encouraging employee wellness.



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