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Should Companies Loan Employees Money?
According to a May 2015 Federal Reserve survey, approximately half of Americans cannot afford a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money. How should employers consider their role in helping employees during times of financial hardship?
Empathy, Effectiveness and Employee Benefits
If we want to attract and retain both older and younger workers, we must find ways to combine the real issues of people's lives with employee-benefits design.
Taking Family-Leave Benefits to the Next Level
Employers are beginning to feel the pressure to reconsider their stance on paid family leave, following a number of highly visible announcements. But as those blazing a trail here remind us, HR leaders would be wise to tread carefully.
Tragedy in Paris: Addressing the Human Side of Crises
When tragic events such as last week's terrorist attacks in the City of Lights unfold, employees are naturally going to look to their employers for information, direction and comfort. Are you ready to respond?
Retirement Innovations
Vendors are bringing innovative approaches to retirement benefits as the impact of mature employees on the workplace is better understood and retirement plans are finally offered through a private benefits exchange.
Reconstructing the Employee Experience
Last July, our benefits columnist gained firsthand knowledge of what it's like to move through the healthcare system after surviving being struck by a car. Here are a few of the lessons that accident taught her about the healthcare experience and what needs to change.
25 Years of Putting Employees First and Disabilities Second
During the past quarter century, the Americans with Disabilities Act has had an unanticipated effect on employers and their accommodations of employees who became injured or ill.
Controlling Pharmacy Costs
Is there a beautiful, elegant solution to managing pharmacy costs and decreasing the amount of money employees pay for prescription drugs?
In Times of Peril
Given the sorry state of Americans' finances, should employers be doing more to support their short- and long-term disability needs?
In Search of an Elegant Well-Being Strategy
HR and employee-benefit leaders want to move beyond debates about physical wellness to discussions around a host of underlying issues.
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