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More Than Money?
New reports highlight the need for HR leaders to shift their thinking on how to gauge return on investment for wellness programs.
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Employer, Can You Spare a Dime?
With the ongoing credit crunch, many employees are finding it hard to get short-term loans. But employers that are considering filling that void via workplace loans should tread carefully, experts caution.
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Private-Exchange Impact
For now, private healthcare exchanges are a blip on the employer-provided healthcare screen, but, within the next few years, that could change dramatically. And employers should pay attention.
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Helping at Home
With the recent rise in the number of children diagnosed with some form of autism, an increasing number of employees now face overwhelming challenges at home. But experts say employers can -- and should -- help their workers who care for special-needs children to better balance home life and work life.
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The Flexibility Bias
A new study shows workplace bias against those who use flexible-work arrangements -- often for child-care needs -- may increase employee dissatisfaction even among those who don't have children. But can HR help to eradicate such bias within an organization?
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Taking a New Route
After California recently enacted a law mandating that larger employers in San Francisco offer commuter benefits, legal experts say other metro areas may not be far behind.
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Financial Wellness as Recruiting Tool
If healthcare coverage is no longer dependent on one's job status or place of work -- thanks to the Affordable Care Act -- how can businesses establish a competitive edge in the benefits arena?
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HBLC Opens in Vegas
From a history lesson on the origins of employee benefits to updates on how Washington's latest legislative efforts involving the Affordable Care Act may affect both employers and employees, the opening day of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference offered something for everyone.
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Mobility and the ACA
With the individual and employer mandates approaching, new concerns are emerging around the healthcare-reform law's potential impact on globally mobile workers and their organizations.
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EAPs Not Covered By ACA Umbrella
At least through the end of the year, many employee-assistance programs are now considered exempt from regulations under the Affordable Care Act, thanks to a set of proposed rules set forth by three federal agencies. Experts say the move should free employers to continue offering an important add-on benefit.
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Study: PepsiCo's Wellness Program Falls Flat
A new study of the soft-drink giant's wellness program finds it costs more money than it saves in reduced healthcare costs, but experts say such programs can still provide value apart from financial considerations.
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Changing the Menu
Transparency regulations and lawsuits are leading many defined-contribution plan sponsors to not only cut costs, but alter their plans' investment offerings. However, experts recommend they tread carefully.
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Redefining the 'Spouse'
After the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, it created elation in some circles and consternation in others. While the ruling may ease some administrative burdens, it also creates some new HR challenges and yet-to-be answered questions.
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Healthier Wellness Communications
Employees aren't getting enough information about their employers' wellness programs and other benefits, a new survey shows. Experts share innovative ways to heal the employee disconnect.
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Employee Satisfaction with CDHPs Grows
Consumer-driven health plans are gaining popularity among workers. What's driving this trend?
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Post-DOMA Confusion Begins to Clear
A recent federal district court decision and new U.S. Treasury Department guidelines are helping to bring the post-DOMA world into sharper focus.
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One Size Does Not Fit All
An ever-changing demographic landscape creates both challenges and opportunities for employers that want to establish a healthy workplace culture that contributes to worker productivity, while keeping healthcare cost increases at bay.
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Taking Wellness to the Next Level
Whether a company is using a single vendor or multiple vendors, there's "a huge need" for them to integrate physical and mental well-being into its wellness offerings, experts say.
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HR and employee-benefit leaders want to move beyond debates about physical wellness to discussions around a host of underlying issues.
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