Benefits from Beyond the Grave
By Mark McGraw
As reported by Forbes
, spouses or domestic partners of U.S.-based Google employees who die while under the employ of the company will receive a check for 50 percent of the deceased employee's salary for 10 years. The surviving spouse or partner also acquires vested stock benefits, and their children receive $1,000 a month until the age of 19.
The Dwindling Disability Trust
By Cyril Tuohy
With the government's disability insurance fund headed for exhaustion, is it time to "go Dutch" between employers and the federal government?
Global Nomads' Retirement Puzzle
By Tom Starner
Some call them "global nomads." Others say they belong to an "international cadre." Either way, they are expatriate employees who spend a decent chunk of time (three to five years or longer) on multiple international assignments, typically moving from country to country in the process.
The DOL's Move to Increase ERISA Audits
By Lin Grensing-Pophal
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act is probably not high on HR practitioners' things to ponder list, but a new push by the Department of Labor should change that.
Wellness Program Passes ADA Fitness Test
By Tom Starner
A recent ruling by the 11th Circuit suggests that there are circumstances where an organization can offer a "non-voluntary" wellness program without running afoul of the ADA, according to legal experts.
Can Lack of Access to Sick Leave Be Dangerous to Your Health?
By Lin Grensing-Pophal
The benefits of offering paid sick leave can outweigh the costs, even for small companies and especially for employers whose workplaces have a high risk for employee injuries, experts say.
The Price for Retail and Hospitality
By Andrew R. McIlvaine
Dealing with the new definition of a full-time employee is one of the biggest challenges organizations will face in 2014 when most of the new healthcare-reform law goes into effect, experts say.
New 401(k) Fee-Transparency Rules Demand Attention
By Janet Aschkenasy
Have plan officials been asleep at the wheel when it comes to assessing the fairness of fees charged participants in their 401(k) plans?
Getting It Right
By Sharon Cunninghis, Tracy Watts and Rich Van Thournout
Against the backdrop of healthcare reform, planning and prioritizing for open enrollment is more crucial than ever.
The New Health Marketplace
By Andrew R. McIlvaine, Senior Editor
Americans have gotten used to defined-contribution retirement plans, which offer companies a more affordable alternative to traditional pensions but put the onus on employees to save for, and keep track of, their retirement investments.
Is Healthcare Spending Beginning to Stabilize?
By Michael J. O'Brien
While healthcare spending for employers should grow at a historically low rate in 2013, it continues to escalate at double-digit levels around the globe in 2012.
A Line of Sight
By Jeffrey S. Eisenberg
Companies are finding that vision plans can do more than just help their aging workforce with eye care. But getting employee buy-in isn't necessarily a snap.
Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey
See the results of Aon Hewitt's survey of 562 organizations in its Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey and report.More
The Minority Report
By Harvey Meyer
Studies consistently show that black and Hispanic employees save less for retirement than other groups. What can HR do to address this?
Grappling With LTC
By Carol Harnett/Benefits Columnist
When I consider the topics of long-term-care insurance and caring for loved ones -- especially elderly -- I always turn to my friends and colleagues in Hawaii. Hawaii is a harbinger for what's to come in both caregiving and LTC since it is the nation's leader in the number of intergenerational households.
On the Cusp of Transition
Health insurance in the United States is on the cusp of a major transition from an employer-driven payor model to a model directly involving many more employees and consumers, says a Booz & Company report.More
By Julie Cook Ramirez
Recognizing the stress involved in saving for college, employers are finding ways to pitch in.
The 'Grand Experiments'
By Carol Patton
Are corporate exchanges the answer to soaring healthcare costs?