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  • Open enrollment and financial stress

    November 14, 2014

    Commentary: As open enrollment season moves into full swing, columnist John Ludwig turns your focus to financial wellness, a growing concern for employers.


  • Call in the SWOT team to grow your agency

    November 14, 2014

    Commentary: Is your agency ready for 2015? Columnist Nelson Griswold shows how an in-depth analysis of a firm's strengths and weaknesses can help set goals for the new year.


  • New sick leave laws create coordination headaches for small employers

    November 14, 2014

    In the midterm elections, a majority of Massachusetts voters checked “yes” for Question 4 on their ballot – a measure that calls for employers with 11 or more employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year. Companies with fewer than 11 employees will have to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.


  • Retail, restaurant benefits to feel pain of minimum wage hikes

    November 14, 2014

    Numerous states and cities across the country decided during last week’s midterm elections to raise their minimum wage, which has legal and retail employment experts predicting changes to other benefits could occur as a result.


  • Going mobile can add weight to employee engagement

    November 13, 2014

    Rather than ignoring emails, employees may be more inclined to remember to take part in health offerings such as immunization clinics if notices are sent out via text messages - given our text-obsessed culture.


  • 6 ways brokerages are hurt by their own hiring practices

    November 13, 2014

    A recent Reagan Consulting study found that independent insurance brokers are under-hiring, new employees are struggling and a huge majority of new hires come from within the industry.


  • What your small-group clients need most from you

    November 12, 2014

    Commentary: Targeting the small employer in today’s benefit landscape requires specific resources and knowledge from a benefit adviser. Columnist Jack Kwicien unveils what considerations to make when addressing the needs of your small employer clients.


  • Managers lack awareness, tools to deal with depression in the workplace

    November 12, 2014

    Depression in the workplace can affect anyone and it takes an emotional toll on those affected, and can also have a significant financial toll on employers. A new program developed by the American Psychiatric Foundation and Employers Health Coalition aims to provide both employers and employees with the tools needed to help combat depression in the workplace.


  • How to achieve ACA compliance with a ben admin system

    VIDEO | November 11, 2014

    There are many Affordable Care Act requirements that employer clients must keep track of, and a benefit administration system can be the answer. But how exactly do they help, and what role does an adviser play in the process? Watch as Beverly Beattie, CEO of Selden Beattie Benefit Advisors, and Jamie Hawkins, CEO of Benefit Technology Resources LLC, share why an adviser is the ‘quarterback’ in this process and how to pick the right system.


  • '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.


  • Private exchanges: ‘You have to provide the whole solution’

    November 10, 2014

    Acquired by Towers Watson in November 2013, private exchange provider Liazon is navigating a unique space. It is both owned by a consultancy and used by that firm’s competitors. Alan Cohen, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Liazon, discusses how all brokers fit into the exchange equation and what, in his view, makes an exchange, an exchange.


  • 4 tips for easing veterans’ return to work

    November 9, 2014

    Tens of thousands of troops have returned to the U.S. in the past several years after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. As Veterans Day approaches, it’s a good time for employers to reflect on the importance of hiring veterans and helping them adjust to the civilian workforce.


  • A day in the life of Michael Kapustin

    November 7, 2014

    Michael Kapustin is a senior vice president with Brown & Brown’s Alpha Benefit Division outside of Philadelphia, Pa.


  • Female-focused benefits education can transform women’s health, retirement outcomes

    November 6, 2014

    Despite the past two decades of employer efforts to improve gender diversity and equality in the workplace, women remain underrepresented at most levels in the workforce and are not progressing in their careers.


  • 6 open enrollment trends to watch

    November 6, 2014

    Open enrollment season is designed to not only allow employees to make changes to their plans, but also to educate them. Likewise, employers and advisers should use the fourth quarter as an opportunity to stay abreast of the latest changes in health care plans. Here are six trends to watch for during the 2014-2015 open enrollment season.


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