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  • Tailoring voluntary benefits to meet employees' generational needs

    November 21, 2014

    Tailoring a voluntary benefits plan to better suit the very different needs of workers with entirely different generational goals and objectives can be challenging, but the payoff is better participation.


  • 'My broker's got me covered' Do you?

    November 11, 2014

    Commentary: The more companies we come in contact with, the more we hear this statement and the more we realize how much employers are relying on their broker, says Beverly Beattie.


  • Why everyone needs a benefits enrollment advocate

    November 5, 2014

    With many employers moving to an online self-service model for benefits – and with the rapid changes in the health care industry – now more than ever, employees need an active guide to help them with their benefit selections and enrollment.


  • Voluntary benefits and unintended consequences of the ACA

    November 3, 2014

    Commentary: The average working American is part of a financially fragile workforce and many are reacting to higher health insurance contributions that could spell long-term trouble, says voluntary specialist Tinker Kelly.


  • Top 25 companies for culture and values

    October 31, 2014

    A company’s culture and value system, which can include its employee benefit offerings and other perks, can make or break an employee’s job satisfaction. Here are the top companies for culture and values according to career site Glassdoor.com, based on employee reviews.


  • 10 trends in disability, absence management benefits

    October 30, 2014

    It’s almost the end of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, but employers fully acknowledge the importance of disability insurance and absence management programs for employees. New research reveals how employers are using absence management programs and disability insurance benefits to help their employees get back to work.


  • Issues group brokers face with voluntary sales

    October 29, 2014

    Commentary: Why group benefit brokers are behind the curve when it comes to voluntary benefit sales — and how to fix it.


  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 2

    October 28, 2014

    Successful wellness programs share common characteristics, including health being promoted as a core business value, senior leadership involvement and the use of grassroots wellness champions.


  • Why employers should care about student loan debt

    PODCAST | October 27, 2014

    Dan Macklin, co-founder and VP of business development at SoFi, outlines how the issue of student loan debt affects employers and why helping employees refinance these loans can pay dividends by way of increased loyalty and retention.


  • Questions you need to ask in your next vision RFP

    October 17, 2014

    Commentary: Blogger Kevin Hilst shares tips for benefit advisers and professionals on how to make sure a vision RFP zeroes in on what distinguishes a great product from a commodity.


  • Liazon teams with Cigna, Assurant Employee Benefits

    October 16, 2014

    On the heels of news about Aon Hewitt’s estimated more than 1.2 million HIX enrollees exceeding its expectations for 2015, Bright Choices Exchange operator Liazon is crowing about its own expansion plans.


  • E-commerce is the best option for voluntary benefits

    October 15, 2014

    Using an electronic, cloud-based system to help with your open enrollment can allow employees to take the extra time to make sure they're getting the most out of your voluntary offerings.


  • Are we covered? Insurance and regulatory considerations for your traveling employees (Part 1)

    October 14, 2014

    A benefits manager may assume that health care coverage and insurance needs are easily covered as employees head off to international worksites, but preparing for accidents - or the complexity of global insurance rules - requires some extra forethought.


  • Helping employers evaluate benefit options for part-timers

    October 2, 2014

    With the ACA’s employer mandate on the horizon, many employers with part-time and variable hour employees are also re-evaluating their benefit offerings for part-time employees.


  • How to get Gen Y to take action on disability benefits

    September 23, 2014

    As a whole, Gen Y (ages 21-31) is very interested in obtaining financial protection through their employers' benefits offerings -- more so even than older generations.


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