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  • Employers create game plan for expected health care cost increases

    August 22, 2014

    In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax, U.S. employers are planning to take more aggressive approaches to projected single-digit increases in health care costs by revisiting the viability of consumer-driven health plans and spousal and dependent coverage.


  • Profiles of achievement in wellness: University of Michigan

    August 21, 2014

    In this series, EBN profiles three companies with winning wellness programs. The University of Michigan shares how its network of 400 wellness champions is key to the program’s success.


  • New report calls for updating employer e-cigarette policies

    August 21, 2014

    While use of electronic cigarettes is growing in popularity, employers are starting to take a look at adopting policies on use of the device at work, and how to protect workers from coming into contact with second-hand vapors.


  • Profiles of achievement in wellness: Whirlpool

    August 20, 2014

    In this series, EBN profiles three companies with winning wellness programs. Whirlpool Corporation, the global manufacturer of major home appliances, began its exploration into wellness in 2009.


  • 5 must-haves for life insurance enrollment meetings

    August 20, 2014

    Open enrollment season is a busy and important time of year for employers. Many employees are underinsured or unaware of the reasons they need life insurance. John West, director of product marketing at Standard Insurance Company, provides five focus areas for open enrollment meetings this year to ensure employees understand the need for the benefits and, ultimately, enroll in them.


  • Are pharmacy discount cards still relevant?

    August 15, 2014

    Providers of prescription drug discount cards are increasing their efforts to reach out to employers, even as the Affordable Care Act is expected to decrease the ranks of those most likely to use the cards – those without health insurance.


  • 10 ways to design better wellness incentive programs

    August 14, 2014

    With the average wellness incentive reaching nearly $600 this year according to some estimates, it’s no wonder employers are looking to get more bang for their buck. The right incentive program depends on a host of factors and requires thoughtful consultation with your wellness vendor. Here are 10 best practices from Provant to guide the development of effective incentives.


  • NLRB rulings pit employer policies against worker rights

    August 14, 2014

    Recent National Labor Relations Board rulings involving renowned jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. and a Verizon subsidiary point to a new challenge to employer policies meant to protect confidential and proprietary company information.


  • Simplifying retiree benefits: Where less is more

    August 13, 2014

    Commentary: Health plan sponsors can reduce benefit management burdens by offering plans with fewer – but more meaningful – choices


  • Stronger economy, job market push base salaries up

    August 11, 2014

    Employers are expected to give an averaged 3% raise in base pay in the coming year, with top performers seeing as much as an 8% increase, thanks in part to a strengthening economy and growing job market.


  • Guardian launches new tool to assess employers’ fiduciary awareness

    August 7, 2014

    The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company on Wednesday launched The Fiduciary Awareness Quiz, a first-of-its kind assessment to help plan sponsors better understand their fiduciary obligations and responsibilities.


  • Employers face litigation threat in FMLA cases

    August 6, 2014

    The costs of complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act are already large enough, but small employers must be vigilant of huge legal costs associated with inappropriate terminations.


  • Wellness ROI: Less than meets the eye

    August 4, 2014

    Commentary: The closer you look, the lower the return on investment for wellness programs. That’s the take-home message from a thorough, scientific review published by the American Journal of Health Promotion.


  • Demographics drive voluntary product offerings

    August 4, 2014

    Voluntary benefits are creeping more and more into the everyday dialogue of benefit managers and advisers, but for those just getting involved, partnering with voluntary carriers and other vendors can sometimes be a difficult field to navigate.


  • New-hire pay, benefit increases help with sector recruitment

    August 1, 2014

    Even with a four-year high in the hiring, manufacturing and service sectors, benefits managers are utilizing higher pay and improved benefits to deal with their ongoing recruitment challenges.



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