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  • Unique jobs by state, part 2

    November 6, 2014

    What are the most unique jobs found in the U.S., from sea to shining sea? Earlier this week, we showed you half of the 50 states’ individual and very unique jobs: ranging from soil scientists in Iowa to motor boat operators in Florida. Mentalfloss and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. calculated the location quotient (LQ), the percentage share of each state’s workforce in very specific local job categories. On the heels of the midterm elections, learn a little bit more about the types of employees you can find all across the land.


  • Industry lauds EEOC court decision, wellness battle continues

    November 4, 2014

    In a decision that’s being hailed as a victory for employer-sponsored wellness programs, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota yesterday denied the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Honeywell International Inc.


  • Unique jobs by state, part 1

    November 3, 2014

    Retail, health care and local government are typical jobs found all across the entire country. But what are the most unique jobs a state can call its own? Using a measurement called location quotient (LQ) — the percentage share of a state’s workforce in a given occupation versus the percentage share of the nationwide workforce in that occupation — Mentalfloss and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a CareerBuilder company, have determined which jobs are “most unique” in each state.


  • Think like a marketer to engage employees, drive loyalty

    November 3, 2014

    In an age where employee retention is as critical a goal as keeping customers happy, isn’t it worth the effort to make sure employees feel a passion for your product like your loyal customers do?


  • Aetna buys bswift: Why benefit brokers must pay attention

    November 3, 2014

    Commentary: There is more to Aetna’s announcement that it will acquire exchange provider bswift than meets the eye, says health technology consultant Joe Markland. In fact, it’s another signal that brokers need to recognize the benefits world is changing around them, he says.


  • Aetna to acquire private HIX provider bswift

    November 3, 2014

    Aetna announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire private health insurance exchange operator bswift for $400 million.


  • 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.


  • Advisers brace for ACA-induced Dec.1 renewal ripple effect

    October 30, 2014

    An onslaught of Dec. 1 renewal dates means premium rates remain steady for now, but advisers need to prepare for heavy 4th quarter workloads.


  • Private exchanges: 'Not a fad or flash in pan'

    October 30, 2014

    In a new series, EBA goes one-on-one with the heads of private exchanges. What makes one exchange different from the rest, and how do brokers fit in the mix? First up: Don Garlitz, bswift's executive director of exchange solutions.


  • 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.


  • Elements of a private exchange that appeal to employees

    VIDEO | October 29, 2014

    For employers who have done their due diligence on private exchanges, now is the time to “make the jump,” says HUB International’s Sibyl Bogardus. The chief compliance officer shares what employees appreciate about the private HIX platform.


  • State domestic violence laws increase employer responsibility

    October 29, 2014

    After Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League for violating his employer’s personal conduct policy, the issue of domestic violence has garnered much more attention from employers. Along the way, new laws are ensuring that victims are able to take time off work to deal with these issues.


  • Stalled career management programs damaging retention

    October 28, 2014

    Employers’ inability to provide clear and effective career management tracks may be forcing their more goal-oriented workers – the very employees they need to retain – to jump ship.


  • Have we done retirement plan participants a disservice?

    October 28, 2014

    Commentary: Columnist John Ludwig asks, with all the effort put into fee disclosures and the money to produce them; does it really help the participant in the end?


  • Benefit agencies plan tech spending spree

    October 28, 2014

    EBA’s first-ever technology survey reveals where benefit agencies plan to invest their IT dollars.


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