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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Top Stories of 2015
From new rules to the not-so-new question of how to keep your talent from walking out the door, HR leaders had a full plate of issues to deal with this past year. Below is a compilation of our 10 most-viewed news analyses from 2015.
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Tracking Healthcare Benefits Costs
After years of trying to keep a lid on health-benefit costs, companies are reporting progress, but there's uncertainty ahead for HR leaders, according to recent surveys of consumers and employers.
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Benefits Matter
Due to China's rapid growth and diversification of businesses, there's a mismatch between talent supply and demand. Here's how multinational companies can use benefits as a tool to keep Chinese talent in-house.
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The Push for Paid Paternity Leave
New fathers are seeking more time off to help care for their kids, and some employers are responding with broader parental leave policies that include paternity leave. If not properly applied, however, these policies can lead to costly legal battles.
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College Crunched
Few, if any, college students escape university life these days without incurring a daunting amount of student loans. In response to this, employers are beginning to make use of new programs to help their newest hires pay down that debt and start focusing on saving for their retirements.
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Health Plan Check-Up: Prepping for 2016
Here are some tips for HR leaders to help their organizations avoid penalties related to the Affordable Care Act's new reporting forms when they become due next year.
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Raising Wellness Awareness
As it turns out, "If you build it, they will come" doesn't always hold true when it comes to employers' health and wellness programs. Here's how to get more workers into your programs so they can get more out of them.
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Increasing HR's DOL-Audit Awareness
When it comes to audits of organizations' employee-benefit plans, a recent federal report shows there's much more work to be done, and experts say HR leaders can play a vital role in defending against threats to workers' nest eggs.
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EAP 2.0
Employee-assistance programs just aren't what they used to be -- and that's good news for both employers and workers.
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Coaching Millennials on Health
New research finds millennials more open than other generations to having their managers play an active role in encouraging them to get healthy. How can HR make the most of this opportunity?
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Wellness-Incentive Guidance on the Way
By Mark McGraw
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently proposed a rule designed to provide guidance on the legal use of financial incentives to encourage participation in wellness programs. Experts say employers largely welcome the direction, but must be aware of the changes the new regulations may bring.
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PTO Debate Takes Off
Now that Microsoft announced the vendors it works with must also provide paid-time off leave to their employees, experts predict the move may change the PTO landscape.
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Declining HSA Contributions Connected to ACA?
A recent survey finds employers are scaling back their contributions to employees' health-savings accounts, but experts differ over the effect the nation's new healthcare law has had on such accounts.
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