Category: Benefits

From 401(k) plans to vacation policy, this topic gives HR and Compensation professionals specific strategies on how to handle benefit plans. Articles also provide guidance to brokers, advisers and consultants.

What Employees Don’t Know About Medicare May Hurt Them

For employees, today’s healthcare environment is a little like squeezing a balloon: when health insurance premiums are affordable, then the side with the out-of-pocket costs inflates. If that side is more reasonable, monthly premiums expand. Either way, health care coverage and insurance costs are likely to drain the budgets of those they are designed to […]


Assessments, Policies, and Training Are Key to HIPAA Compliance

The keys for plan sponsors to avoid penalties under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as other liability that may come with data breaches, were discussed by HIPAA experts in a recent webinar.

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5 Best Practices for Your Financial Wellness Program in 2017

HR professionals across all industries are increasingly engaged in discussions with company leadership about improving employee retention rates. In order to increase workplace satisfaction, considerable focus has been placed on strategies to truly engage with employees, ensuring they feel supported, happy, and healthy—both at work and in life.


Senate Issues Revised Version of ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill

On July 13, the Senate released a revised version of its proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal/replace bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. As of July 13, the Senate had not yet voted on the original version.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Interprets ‘Substantial Fault’ Regarding Unemployment Benefits

In 2013, Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation law was amended, creating a two-tiered system for determining when an employee is disqualified from receiving benefits. The first tier, disqualifying an employee terminated for misconduct, has been the standard for more than 75 years. The second tier, which became effective January 5, 2014, disqualifies an employee terminated for “substantial […]


DOL Makes 5th (But Possibly Not Final) Request for Comments On Fiduciary Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on June 29 issued its fifth request (82 Fed. Reg. 31278) for public comments on the agency’s fiduciary definition and related exemptions, which took effect June 9. But the latest request for information (RFI) by the DOL since the rule’s inception in October 2010 may not be its last.


115% Increase in Telecommuting since 2005, Says Report

The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report has been released by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics. This report is the most up-to-date and comprehensive data analysis available on the state of telecommuting in the United States, and includes recent trends.  Among the report’s significant findings: the number of people telecommuting in the […]