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An Open Letter to Your Employees
Here's what people in your organization need to know to make the right employee-benefits choices.
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The Long Road to Recovery
A life-altering car accident provides an opportunity to reflect on the costs associated with surviving such an event -- and how similar events can impact employees' financial health.
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Relieving the Student-Loan Burden
College students entering the workplace are saddled with between $28,000 and $37,000 of student-loan debt. But as more employers are beginning to realize, the scope of the problem extends well beyond that group.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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