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Fixing the Mix
EBRI research finds the number of workers reporting satisfaction with their health benefits dropping 10 percent between 2012 and 2015, while the number of those who would rather have fewer benefits and higher wages has gone up 10 percent in that time. How can HR restore the wage and benefits balance?
The Future of Paid Sick Leave
Legal experts say an executive order mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors could be a sign of things to come for all U.S. employers. Here's what employers need to know.
The Missing Link to a Healthier Workforce
HR and benefits professionals have an uphill battle in helping employees adopt healthy behaviors, but Alexandra Drane says a little empathy can go a long way.
Millennials and Wellness
A new report finds millennials more open to pro-wellness messages from employers -- as well as consequences for unhealthy behavior -- than older generations.
Four Steps to Jump-Start Your Wellness Program
Let's say your company wants to start a new healthy-eating program. What do you need to do between now and its launch date to ensure the program's success?
Power in Numbers
Big data insights, lower costs and quality outcomes are among the goals of a new employer alliance that's focused on healthcare.
Artificial Intelligence, Real Hearts
In a new partnership with IBM Watson Health, the American Heart Association is poised to revolutionize the way companies use analytics to help workers improve their cardiovascular health.
An Employer Mandate for Wellness?
A recent ruling in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit now makes it possible for employers to tie employee participation in wellness programs to availability of healthcare coverage.
The New Landscape for Company Stock
In light of a recent Supreme Court ruling on retirement-plan oversight, here are three suggestions to help organizations manage the issues related to overseeing a company stock fund in its defined-contribution plan.
When Wellness Programs Don't Work
Towers Watson data suggests that companies are increasingly committed to wellness initiatives, but struggling to boost employee participation. Experts say employers and HR should start by getting a better grip on what type of wellness offerings their workers actually want and need.
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Benefits Column

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?