Tag: healthcare

transparency

6 Steps for Employers to Get Ready for Cost Transparency

After years of remaining buried beneath red tape, a federal mandate issued in late 2020 seeks to, at last, bring U.S. healthcare costs into the light of day. Published jointly by three federal agencies, the final Transparency in Coverage Rule aims to allow Americans to more accurately predict their healthcare costs by helping them find […]

401(k)

401(k) Funds Are Being Diverted for Medical Expenses

The short-term financial impact of COVID-19 has been swift and damaging to many Americans. While we can’t yet calculate the long-term impact, early indications present a serious financial strain on future retirees’ retirement. We know that COVID-19 has increased the retirement gap, and new data from Kiplinger show the extent of this impact: 60% of […]

Why Healthcare Shopping Deserves the Spotlight Now

For many, January is a time for new beginnings, to create plans for new accomplishments, or to get back on track toward reaching existing goals. And one of the top five New Year’s resolutions—after losing weight, of course—is saving money. January is also the start of a new healthcare plan year for many employees, presenting […]

Why More Companies Will Think of Benefit Plans as ‘Health Hubs’ in 2021

There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year. As with other industries, we dealt with ensuring the continued health and safety of our employees and providing the ongoing service and support our customers have come to expect and appreciate during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, 2020 also gave Human Resources professionals a great opportunity to […]

pandemic

COVID-19: We’ve Reached ‘The End of the Beginning’

Most thought COVID-19 would be a short-term crisis. Remember that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) early slogan was “15 days to slow the spread”? The consensus solution was to wash our hands, keep socially distant, and shut down the country for a couple of months.

seasonal

Jobseeker Interest in Seasonal Work on the Rise

As we head into November, new data released by iCIMS reveal that Q3 hiring levels have returned to what they were before the start of the pandemic. And according to Monster’s October Hiring Report, many jobseekers are looking to work in seasonal positions.

enrollment

How to Put the Focus on Employees This Enrollment Season

For most of 2020, employers and employees alike have been focused on health, health care, and healthcare coverage. And while these topics will still be very much top of mind this enrollment season, employers have a unique opportunity to shift the focus to their employees themselves.

flu

What to Consider Before Encouraging or Requiring Flu Shots

Fall is here and many employers are getting anxious about flu season. With COVID-19 still unchecked, they could soon find themselves in the position of battling staffing challenges and employee health issues from two dueling infections.

temp

Calling an Employee a Temp May Not Pass Legal Muster

Staffing and hiring during the pandemic are especially chaotic. Many employers that don’t traditionally use temporary staff are seeking to fill short-term gaps in the workforce or simply want employees for a short time because it’s unclear what the business structure will look like once the pandemic business issues have shifted.