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.

Twitter for Benefits Communication: A Powerful Addition

A fun, simple, and flexible way to get information out to your employees and families, Twitter™ can be a powerful addition to your benefits communication this year. But, understanding how this at-first perplexing platform can be used for benefits communication may not be obvious. Look a little closer, and Twitter is a great way to […]

What Makes Sense for Your Health Care?

With so much discussion surrounding health care of late, it’s important to know what current options are available to ensure that you as an employer are selecting the best coverage for your business and its employees. With more and more frequency, employers are leaning toward a Consumer-Driven Healthcare Plan (CDHP)—a plan in which employee/consumer behavior […]

Help! I enrolled an employee in an FSA plan erroneously!

Here’s a chance for you to interact with the blog editors from Thompson Publishing Group’s HR and benefits group. If you have a question or comment about flexible benefits cafeteria plan enrollment, send it along! In the meantime, here’s John Iekel, managing editor of the Flex Plan Handbook, responding to just that kind of question. […]

Dental Plans—A Little Long In the Tooth

In the 1950s, life may have been simpler—but dental care certainly wasn’t. Some people saw it as a luxury that they couldn’t afford. Most people suffered from tooth decay, and dentures became common. Then employers started to offer a new benefit, the dental insurance plan, to help employees take care of their teeth. Five decades […]

COBRA Premium Subsidy Law —What a Difference a Year Makes

Last year around this time, COBRA administrators were waiting with dread to see if Congress would enact yet ANOTHER extension to the continuation coverage premium subsidy law. The law had been extended three times before, so why not four? But due to the political shifts in Congress as a result of the 2010 elections, and […]

More Reasons for Wellness in the Workplace

These findings illustrate how providing exercise facilities at the workplace is in business’ self-interest. Well: Less Active at Work, Americans Have Packed on Pounds. Click here for the actual study. Have you ever looked at the black and white pictures of Americans (waiting in line, working, at a baseball game … whatever) before 1965 with […]

Des Moines Returns to Self-funding Health Benefits After 8-year Hiatus

 Here’s a testament to the power of lower stop-loss attachment points. The City of Des Moines returned to self-funding health benefits for city employees, after an eight-year hiatus, the Des Moines Register reported today. The city council approved the move in a unanimous vote. The primary reason: Stop loss with far lower attachment point: previously […]

All Aboard, HR Professionals

I am thrilled to announce the launch of the SmartHRManager blog, powered by Thompson Publishing Group. Welcome. We hope this blog can do a lot for you. We want to be the place HR and benefits professionals turn to for ideas, analysis and instructions. We have a dynamic publishing company behind us to delve into the questions […]

Employees Collectively Lose Nearly 20,000 Pounds in Health Challenge

By challenging employees to achieve a healthy weight or become more physically active, CIGNA raised employees’ awareness of their own health and their company-sponsored benefits. How It Worked Last fall, CIGNA introduced a new incentive for employees to maintain a healthy weight, says Marilyn Paluba, senior consultant with the Healthy Life program—a $15 per pay […]