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Exchanges Trigger Mixed Reaction
Now that private healthcare exchanges have been around for several years, have they been delivering on their key promise to help large employers control or lower healthcare costs?
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Trouble with Transparency in Health Pricing
A high-profile study suggests that medical price-shopping tools don't cut health-care costs. But they still have real -- and growing -- value for companies, many experts say.
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Unleashing the Power of Trust
Research shows that people with higher levels of trust in their plan provider are more likely to demonstrate greater financial courage. So how can HR and benefit leaders make that happen?
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Top Employee-Wellness Myths Destroyed
When done correctly, employee-wellness programs can have a huge impact on employee engagement and overall company success. Here, four of the most popular myths surrounding employee-wellness programs are debunked.
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EEOC Rule Clarifies Wellness Programs
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new rule on wellness programs imposes limitations on the type of information employers can collect from workers. Some critics, however, object to the many layers of federal regulations covering these programs.
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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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