HR Benefits Strategy

  • Employer mistakes with leave of absence policies can be costly

    September 18, 2014

    The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act have been in effect for more than two decades. Yet, these laws continue to present challenges for employers seeking to balance the legal entitlements of employees against the need to meet operational and workload demands.

  • 8 tips to share with employees to ensure a successful open enrollment

    September 18, 2014

    As open enrollment season approaches, benefit managers are moving into high gear as they prepare to answer employee questions and concerns about their 2015 benefits. And as employees take on more responsibility for their health care, it’s more important than ever for them to understand how they can make the most of the programs and benefits their employers are offering.

  • Big business develops roadmap for a healthier, more productive workforce

    September 18, 2014

    U.S. health care spending is expected to reach close to 19% of America’s gross domestic product by next year, and private sector leaders are taking the opportunity to unite and create a healthier employee base.

  • In case you missed it: Apple unveils Apple Watch and HealthKit app

    September 17, 2014

    Last week Apple unveiled its Apple Watch and Apple HealthKit app to much fanfare. But how these new technologies will fit into or transform the health care landscape remains to be seen. Catch up on EBN’s coverage and analysis of the event to see how these new technologies could impact the benefits business:

  • Leading CEOs partner to inspire wellness programs across all U.S. employers

    September 17, 2014

    A panel of U.S. companies representing more than 1 million active employees and another 50 million retirees across the globe convened Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to unveil a campaign aimed at reducing the nation’s health care costs.

  • 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?

  • Critical illness voluntary benefits, mobile technology use expected to increase

    September 16, 2014

    As interest increases in employers offering voluntary benefits, a particularly large number of employers are beginning to add a more robust range of voluntary benefits to improve morale of existing employees and attract new talent.

  • New benefit offers education help to parents of special-needs children

    September 12, 2014

    myEdGPS helps working parents of special needs children map out an education plan for their child and offers guidance on how to access certain services through school systems, leading to tangible savings on health care costs for employers and health plans.

  • Brokers play increased role in private exchange adoption

    September 12, 2014

    A new analysis estimates even more employers will move active employees to private exchanges in part because brokers are taking on a bigger role in pushing them as a solution to rising health care costs.

  • War for talent: Organizations reassess pay, bonuses to compete

    September 11, 2014

    As the dust clears on the recession, and the job market picks up, employers are re-examining their compensation and bonus pay structures.

  • Restaurant trade association sets course to rebuild employee engagement

    September 10, 2014

    The National Restaurant Association’s Dawn Cacciotti is the recipient of EBN’s 2014 Judges’ Choice Benny Award.

  • Apple Watch: ‘Seminal event’ for employer wellness market

    September 9, 2014

    Wellness vendors are excited about Apple’s potential foray into smartwatches. Today, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology company is expected to announce its next generation of the iPhone. But for those in the employer health care market, their sights are set on the reported “iWatch” because of its potential use as a wearable fitness and health tracking device.

  • NFLPA works to prepare players financially for life after the game

    September 9, 2014

    Since joining the NFL Players Association 25 years ago, Dana Hammonds has launched a successful financial education program and constantly fine-tuned educational topics and outreach to meet players’ needs. She is the recipient of EBN’s 2014 Benny Award for Leadership in Retirement Planning.

  • Are e-cigarettes friend or foe to employee wellness?

    September 8, 2014

    As the gap widens on whether e-cigarettes are part of the solution or still part of the greater problem of employee smoking cessation, their popularity is still on the rise. Experts from the health management group HealthFitness have provided some additional tips for employers taking on the challenge of creating e-cigarette policies in the workplace.

  • Focus on CDHP education pays dividends for Zions Bancorporation

    September 8, 2014

    Diana Andersen’s efforts to educate employees made the Affordable Care Act a ‘nonevent’ for Zions Bancorporation. Andersen is EBN’s 2014 Benny Award winner for Benefits Leadership in Health Care.

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