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  • Top employer-offered holidays in 2015

    November 24, 2014

    Holidays come in all sizes, on nearly every calendar day of the year. The Society for Human Resources Management has assembled a list of the top holidays, both religious and federal, that employers expect to be closed for 2015 in order to allow their employees some time to enjoy themselves and their families.


  • Mobile pregnancy app guides expectant moms to care

    November 24, 2014

    Prenatal and postpartum care programs are not only a benefit for employees who are expecting, they can also help employers avoid unnecessary costs related to preterm births.


  • 2015: ‘A lot less noise’ in private HIX market

    November 24, 2014

    Wizened consumers who are able to analyze their entire out-of-pocket exposure. That’s the goal of ConnectedHealth’s private exchange, says Joe Donlan, the company’s president. However, he predicts that increased consumer engagement is just part of the wave toward more employers adopting private exchanges. Donlan shares his view on where the industry is headed and how brokers fit into the exchange system.


  • What troubles HR about brokers

    VIDEO | November 21, 2014

    If brokers and human resources departments worked together, it would bring “peace and harmony” to a difficult process, says Trisha Zulic, of Efficient Edge. But with two strong personalities often unwilling to listen to each other, it creates conflict, she says. Watch as Zulic explains why brokers need to reach out first and listen to their clients – and what that can lead to.


  • Top 10 small tech companies to work for

    November 20, 2014

    Just think, five years on the job and then a 10-day vacation anywhere on the globe? That’s what one employer does, and there are many more amazing reasons why this list of small tech companies was voted by their own employees as the best places to work in the U.S.


  • Employers optimistic about health plan coverage

    November 20, 2014

    A majority of employers – regardless of workforce size – are planning to keep their health plan coverage going into next year as the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect.


  • Top 10 large tech companies to work for

    November 20, 2014

    From ever-present snacks to nap pods and generous 401(k) matches, these companies offer unique benefits to foster trust in the organization and help keep workers motivated.


  • Employers see role for more tech in retirement plan communications

    November 19, 2014

    Plan sponsors see a growing need to use technology in retirement plan communications, with the majority saying they will increase their use of technology to deliver information to employees over the next two to three years.


  • Adopting benefits administration technology: What employers need to know

    November 19, 2014

    Any benefits technology employers adopt should always engage and educate employees throughout the entire benefit experience. Don’t offer access to technology simply for technology’s sake.


  • CHROs tie higher health, labor costs to ACA

    November 18, 2014

    The HIX marketplace may offer Americans more choice when it comes to health insurance, particularly as public exchange options expand, but it continues to complicate life for HR professionals.


  • 10 LinkedIn red flags hiring managers should look for

    November 18, 2014

    Many potential employees equate LinkedIn profiles to digital resumes, but there are a number of potentially negative red flags employers should be aware of. Several experts at Young Entrepreneur Council, an organization of business founders younger than 40, give advice on the red flags to watch for on the profiles of your potential recruits.


  • Talent war heats up, employers unprepared

    November 17, 2014

    Multiple measures indicate the nation’s unemployment picture is changing for the better. Yet more jobs and an increase in hiring activity also means higher turnover and retention challenges for employers.


  • Rising consumer confidence leading to increased health care spending

    November 17, 2014

    With an expected 5.5% rise in health care costs in 2015 – the same year the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect – employers have high hopes that spending can be reined through increased employee consumerism.


  • The top 50 large-group employee benefit brokers in the U.S., part 1

    November 17, 2014

    Employee Benefit Adviser, in partnership with business intelligence data analytics firm miEdge, introduces the first listing of top employee benefit firms in the country to be ranked exclusively on health and welfare revenue. Revealed in descending order, the listing is based on Form 5500 reporting data as of Nov. 7, 2014.


  • Retail, restaurant benefits to feel pain of minimum wage hikes

    November 14, 2014

    Numerous states and cities across the country decided during last week’s midterm elections to raise their minimum wage, which has legal and retail employment experts predicting changes to other benefits could occur as a result.



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