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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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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Five years ago, when HRE was celebrating its 25th anniversary, workplace flexibility was not nearly as paramount to employers as it is today.
Flexing the Workplace Mar 6, 2017
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