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.

Employers Significantly Increasing Progressive Health Benefit Offerings

A new study by WorldatWork and Korn Ferry has found employers are providing a “dramatic” increase of progressive health benefits that are available 24/7 to the “always working” workforce. “The Inventory of Total Rewards Programs and Practices” study identifies the types of progressive benefits that saw the largest gains over the last year in the […]

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Benefits Workers Want Most

As an HR professional, it’s your job to make sure the benefits your company offers are competitive and desirable. It’s not just about hiring the best and brightest—it’s about retaining the great people you already have! Knowing what sorts of benefits are most valued by employees today can help you make confident plans for the […]

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Benefits Litigation: Humana Case May Point to Oncoming Wave

Things are happening, and they portend an explosion of benefits litigation. Yes, this once-sleepy corner of the employment law forest is buzzing with news, and it came on March 1 from our very own U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—in an en banc decision, which means all the appeals court […]

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Ask the Expert: Managing Benefits for Employees with Fluctuating Hours

Question: How should we handle new employees if their hours aren’t what we had planned. For example – if we hired someone for full-time and offered them insurance after their waiting period, but then realize a few months later that that person was not working 30 hours per week. Since there is no look back […]

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Risk Analysis, Management Among Major Problems Found in HIPAA Audits

Security risk analysis and risk management were among the most acute compliance problems found by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its recent desk audits of covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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medicare

4 Facts about Medicare that All Employers Should Know

Medicare is a government-funded health insurance program for elderly and disabled individuals.  Employers that offer group health insurance plans to their employees have an interest in learning how employees’ entitlement to Medicare benefits can affect the administration of those plans.

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How Employers Can Impact Employee Financial Wellness

Employees who are under financial stress can have a negative impact on an employer in many ways. They may show up to work distracted, for example, which could mean they’re less productive or more likely to make mistakes. They may become agitated more easily, which can lead to other workplace issues. They may even take […]

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HIPAA

Ask the Expert: Our Vendor Had a HIPAA Breach—What Are Our Obligations?

Question: We were notified that there was a breach of HIPAA at one of the vendors we use. The vendor did follow proper protocol and written notices of the breach were sent to all of the employees. My question, is there any additional requirements for employers in this situation? Answer from the experts at HR […]

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