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  • DC benefit model generates much talk, little action

    April 17, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act’s ongoing rollout continues to plague employers as many look for alternative benefit structures to help with rising costs. The defined contribution benefit model – touted as a way to lower costs for employers and increase choice for employees – is generating lots of discussion but are employers ready to take the plunge?

  • Mercer Marketplace offers identity theft protection as voluntary benefit

    April 16, 2014

    Identity theft and data security is a concern of every shopper whether they shop online or at brick-and-mortar stores. But as the more profound breaches at Target and other retail giants have gained hold on consumer minds, voluntary benefit offerings have surfaced on private insurance exchanges to help combat this growing digital dilemma.

  • Why sleep is crucial to any wellness plan

    April 15, 2014

    It’s no surprise Americans are tired. That’s why benefit advisers working with employers to build a wellness program should not ignore sleep solutions.

  • Insurance that matters

    April 11, 2014

    Commentary: Columnist Mel Schlesinger contends that most brokers aren't actually selling the non-medical insurance products that could help clients and their employees. Simply including them in a proposal is not enough, he says.

  • Federal income protection caucus pushes disability protection

    VIDEO | April 10, 2014

    Marty McGuinness, VP of governmental affairs with Unum, serves as one of the key industry representatives of the federal Income Protection Caucus, a bipartisan effort designed to bring congressional-level awareness to the weaknesses in disability insurance among American workers. Too many benefit managers overestimate the value of potential government assistance in disability cases, leaving employees in trouble when one of many common health conditions cuts their ability to work. The caucus, McGuinness says, helps raise awareness and also emphasize the potential tax benefits of enhanced private DI programs.

  • Voluntary retiree life insurance offers retirement protection

    April 8, 2014

    MetLife has launched a new voluntary life insurance product aimed at baby boomers nearing retirement.

  • How to simplify your voluntary billing

    April 7, 2014

    Commentary: While voluntary sales continue to rise, billing for these products is turning into a mess, says blogger Tinker Kelly. The concept of self-billing, explained here, can fix this.

  • 4 questions your employees should ask about benefits

    April 2, 2014

    Benefits contribute up to an additional one-third to employees’ total compensation, according to research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. As the industry celebrates National Employee Benefits Day on April 2, employers can encourage workers to make the most of their benefits.

  • Employers overwhelmingly favor fiduciary standard for plan providers, advisers

    April 1, 2014

    Current regulations don’t require a retirement plan provider’s investment advice be in the best interest of plan participants, but most employers want that to change, an AARP study finds.

  • Financial fears have many workers planning to delay retirement

    March 26, 2014

    Although U.S. workers on a whole are more satisfied with their current financial situation than in years past, most (58%) remain concerned about financial stability in retirement and say they plan to continue working until age 70 or later, a new Towers Watson survey shows.

  • The Necessary Voluntary Benefit: Identity Protection

    March 13, 2014

    Identity theft is an increasingly common problem in today’s world. While it continues to escalate, brokers can find success in offering identity theft protection as a voluntary benefit—both in terms of filling customer needs and in terms of personal financial rewards.

  • Revolutionize worksite enrollment — and commissions

    March 11, 2014

    Commentary: Online enrollment that gets participation in voluntary benefits as good as or better than one-on-one enrollment meetings at the worksite — while letting brokers keep twice as much of the voluntary commission. Is it possible? Columnist Nelson Griswold explains.

  • Protecting employee personal data is a ‘team sport’

    March 10, 2014

    A panel including a security specialist and FTC privacy staffer talked Monday at an American Payroll Association meeting about common mistakes employers make with their employees’ personal data and what the right make-up of a privacy team at a company should look like.

  • 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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