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  • 4 best practices for successful voluntary benefit participation

    July 29, 2014

    Voluntary benefits are increasingly seen by employers as an affordable way to fill gaps in benefit programs. According to legal solutions provider ARAG, four factors can play a critical role in the success of an employer's voluntary benefit participation.


  • Using behavioral economics to understand disability insurance purchasing decisions

    July 25, 2014

    Employees need disability insurance and most employers are offering a group solution. But what can be done to enhance employees’ adoption of their available coverage?


  • Top companies offering the best 401(k) plans

    July 24, 2014

    A first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S. unveils which companies offer the most lucrative retirement benefits and those with the least lavish. Among the least generous are Facebook, Amazon.com, and Whole Foods. Here are the 35 companies with the most advantageous retirement offerings.


  • 5 ways to ease the burden of payroll deduction for clients

    July 22, 2014

    Commentary: Here are five important facts that can help free your clients and prospects from the burden of administration all while offering their employees more choice, more benefits and more value, according to guest blogger Scott Mardis.


  • Auto features, education are ‘powerful’ retirement tools for cautious under-30 investors

    July 22, 2014

    Benefit advisers and their employer clients are in a unique position to help the newest members of the workforce overcome investment fears and prepare for retirement.


  • Voluntary sales: You’re doing it wrong

    July 16, 2014

    Commentary: Learn about why you may be failing at cross-selling voluntary from columnist Nelson Griswold, and how to fix it.


  • Most small business employees dissatisfied with benefits

    July 16, 2014

    Few small business employees say they are satisfied with their company’s benefit offerings — revealing a need for benefit advisers to work with employers to create more comprehensive benefit packages with employee needs in mind.


  • Group legal can help you have a successful re-enrollment

    July 10, 2014

    Road to Workplace Benefits Mania: Ahead of the July conference, speaker Donald Rowe discusses why you need something new to talk about with clients and how there's a product that no one is too old, too sick, too tall, too short or too anything to be eligible for.


  • Reframing the conversation around voluntary benefits

    July 8, 2014

    Road to Workplace Benefits Mania: Ahead of the July conference, speaker Phyllis Falotico discusses why it’s important for brokers and carriers alike to help employers evolve the experience of voluntary benefits from just providing access to products to driving awareness of the need to their employees.


  • Aflac co-founder Paul S. Amos dies

    July 3, 2014

    Paul S. Amos, who co-founded Aflac Inc. with his brothers and helped build it into the largest seller of supplemental health insurance, has died. He was 88


  • Why worry about ERISA?

    July 2, 2014

    If it “smells like a benefit plan,” you likely have to follow ERISA, said one speaker at the National Association of Health Underwriters annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here are some general tips benefit advisers need to know about complying with this law, for your clients and their employees alike.


  • What’s in voluntary benefits for me?

    June 13, 2014

    Commentary: Columnist Nelson Griswold explores the value of selling this product line for benefit brokers and advisers.


  • How leveling retirement plan fees can help your clients’ employees save more

    June 5, 2014

    Although most employers review retirement plan costs annually, many are not assessing fees evenly across all asset classes — and that’s where benefit advisers come in.


  • 6 ways to ensure employees take vacation this summer

    June 3, 2014

    Despite time away from work being a key ingredient to work-life balance, many Americans don’t take full advantage of their paid vacation benefits. Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a recent survey by Purchasing Power said they left at least one paid time off day unused at the end of last year, while 35% of them left five days or more. Here are five ways benefits professionals can help end America’s vacation deprivation from Vitesse Consulting’s Shani Magosky, and one new voluntary benefit to consider.


  • Should you offer voluntary hospital indemnity insurance?

    May 30, 2014

    Given that hospital charges currently represent about a third of the $2.7 trillion annual U.S. health care bill, employers may want to consider offering hospital indemnity insurance as a voluntary benefit. When an employer is reviewing these plans, there are several important features to look for.


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