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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 5 questions to coach your team through a mid-year review

    June 11, 2014

    People managers should not underestimate the impact of coaching their people to success around individual and shared goals. It’s one of the rare benefits that accrues to the organization as much as its employees.


  • How business can save America from health care

    June 9, 2014

    Commentary: One of America’s most enduring mysteries is why the organizations that pay for most health care don’t work together to force better value from the health care industry.


  • 5 fee-related best practices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans

    April 22, 2014

    Are your retirement plan fees market-competitive? Fees don't necessarily have to be the lowest cost, but they do need to be reasonable.


  • Getting beyond wellness mythology

    April 14, 2014

    Many wellness models are based on mythology. Myths like all plans should have disease management, or everyone needs to work on heart disease prevention. How to get past the noise and on to effective interventions? Look closely at your own group – its people, its illnesses, and its work environment.


  • 3 ingredients for a successful employee weight loss program

    April 10, 2014

    Everyone who has pursued a traditional employee weight loss program knows that results can be unpredictable. Usually, enough employees succeed in losing weight to give the program value. The problem is they often gain it back. While programs are going in the right direction, clearly there is room for improvement.


  • Workplace happiness takes center stage at SXSW Interactive

    March 31, 2014

    Fresh off attending SXSW Interactive, flexible workplace consultant Shani Magosky believes today’s generation of entrepreneurs may not be as willing to sacrifice every other aspect of their lives for their work as were their predecessors.


  • 3 hidden effects of workplace depression

    March 19, 2014

    At any given time in the United States, an estimated 1 in 10 adults report symptoms that would qualify for a depression diagnosis. For benefits professionals, navigating employee mental health can be tricky. Not all symptoms are noticeable, but a few hidden indicators can hinder overall productivity.


  • How plan sponsors can help women achieve a secure retirement

    March 13, 2014

    Women face additional challenges when it comes to planning and saving for retirement. They often earn less than men and take more time out of the workforce over the course of their careers, which affects retirement plan eligibility and savings.


  • How to help 401(k) plan participants deal constructively with their investment worries

    March 11, 2014

    Worry is never constructive. It is even less helpful when it alters the way we manage our 401(k) plan investments. Recent behavioral finance studies have shown that the more we worry about our investments, the more conservatively we invest.


  • Why HR shouldn’t be threatened by benefits admin outsourcing

    March 5, 2014

    While outsourcing is a dirty word for many U.S. workers, most organizations that outsource benefits administration do so not to reduce HR head count, but rather to achieve legal compliance, reduce burdens on internal staff, gain efficiencies and gain access self-service technology.


  • Fear of bad investment decisions holds back 401(k) plan participants

    March 4, 2014

    Employees are much more fearful of making bad investment decisions than they are of doing nothing and missing out on a potentially good investment, leading many to invest too conservatively in their 401(k) plans.


  • Study reveals importance of personal interactions in return-to-work

    March 3, 2014

    Employees who experienced negative interactions with their manager had a decreased sense of connection with their employer – and were less motivated to return to work following a disability.


  • Targeting millennials for voluntary LTD a smart strategy

    February 28, 2014

    Millennials' lower net worth, combined with a mindset that a disabling condition will never happen to them, makes them ideal candidates for disability insurance.



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