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Benefits Column

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Helping Them See What They Get
A conversation with a group of high-performing undergraduates underscores the need for employers and HR to more effectively personalize the value of their healthcare offerings when speaking to first-time employees.
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Travels to Coal Country
A recent visit to West Virginia uncovers some lessons about the perspectives of the silent majority on employee benefits.
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Help for Small Employers
For decades, small businesses have been neglected by large employee-benefits-service companies. But there are now a couple of vendors working to fill that void.
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Sparking a Revolution
Hearing the cries of their employees, employers are increasingly considering real-life challenges as they construct their benefit strategies.
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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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